…and somehow it all works together.
We started out from lovely Boulder with a real accomplishment, finding Mork and Mindy’s actual house! That was exciting, let me tell you. And isn’t it just too perfect?
We then galloped off to Golden, Colorado, and climbed (via car) what seemed like a mile almost straight up Lookout Mountain. The hairpin turns were quite the thrill, but it was all worth it when we got to the summit and had an amazing view, plus the excitement of seeing the Buffalo Bill Museum and grave! Can you beat it?
First of all, the view. Lookout Mountain (not to be confused with the one in Tennessee) has a height of 7,400 feet, which is why you can look down on the Denver, the Mile-High City. And it’s a beautiful clear day, so we could see for miles.
The real reason for our visit was to pay homage to Buffalo Bill Cody, who died nearby in Denver. Lots of wonderful artifacts and pictures from his Wild West Shows. Can you imagine Buffalo Bill having tea with Oscar Wilde or entertaining the Parisians, along with Sitting Bull and Annie Oakley? Bet they all loved it.
His burial place was quite contentious. His widow swore that his dying words directed her to bury him on Lookout Mountain. However, people in Cody, Wyoming (which he founded), thought she was being paid off by the Denver Post. And North Platte, Nebraska, where he lived for years, wanted him back big time. At the funeral, his wife had an open casket because others didn’t believe it was really him in there. The grave stone confirms this was his choice of resting place. And they had armed guards and tanks there for years because Wyoming and Nebraska had both announced plans to remove the body. It wasn’t until his wife died and was buried next to him that they could put several feet of concrete on top of the tomb as a deterrent. The man was a showman way past the end. The funeral itself caused a mob scene on the mountain, and it remains one of the top destinations in Colorado to this day. Sorry, Wyoming and Nebraska.
The town of Golden is quite nice, and gives you a good idea of what’s important now in the New West. Get healed, guys! And you have to love a town with a statue of Adolph Coors in the center. We had so looked forward to the Coors tour, but they were closed this week. Bummer!
Then off to Denver, where tonight we meet Krista and Alan for dinner, who are so graciously parenting our car until next spring. We’ve been through 9,500 miles this trip with our faithful steed, and I’ll really miss her.
So this is almost the end of this round of our “See America” project. Stay tuned for one or two more. And if you had fun coming along, feel free to subscribe to this blog. There might just be occasional postings from New York and other places we encounter.