An afternoon with Buffalo Bill
31 May 2012 | Denver, CO, USA
We spent the morning doing chores, a little business and finishing up preparation for our upcoming weekend camping trip with our youngest son, Brad and his family. Miracle of miracles, we were done early and after a quick internet consult, we decided to head up to the top of Lookout Mountain with grandson, Taylor, for a look-see.
Lookout Mountain has been a part of Denver's mountain park system since 1889 and consists of ~65 acres of evergreen wilderness atop the mountain named for its being a favored lookout point of the native Ute Indian tribe. It's also the burial site of the internationally famous western frontiersman Buffalo Bill Cody.
We picnicked first. David & Taylor practiced throwing the boomerang we'd brought him from Australia with good success...it did indeed come back. We headed to Buffalo Bill's gravesite. The old guy has got a crackerjack view of the city from his vantage point. The Buffalo Bill Museum is there as well and we enjoyed not only the memorabilia from Bill's Wild West Shows, but also the chance to get a little crazy, dress up like cowboys, rope a calf and mount a leg-less (shorter for the kids that way) horse!
A short distance away, down the mountain in Morrison, is Dinosaur Ridge, known for its local dinosaur fossils. We checked out the tiny museum there, then took a walk up the sandstone ridge for spectacular views of the city.
Tomorrow...the camping trip. We're anxious to see how these old bodies adapt to sleeping on the ground. We're aching already.