Question: What tastes better than a cup of fresh brewed coffee on a cool mountain morning?
Answer: Having a full course breakfast served along with the coffee.
Our mountain adventure began from the Active Adult Center in Wheat Ridge on a Wednesday morning. More than 30 people including the volunteers and staff who helped prepare the meal, found their way to Mount Falcon park in Jefferson county. After a beautiful scenic drive we arrived at the park and couldn’t help but to be in awe of the vistas and mountain terrain which completely enveloped us. The contrast of peaks and valleys reminded me once again how fortunate we are to be living in a state like Colorado.
After briefly exploring the park we were treated to a breakfast of fruit, mini-muffins, scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash brown potatoes. There is something about eating meals and drinking beverages in the mountains that makes everything taste a little bit better. And this morning was no exception. Along with the lively conversations that accompanied our mountain breakfast, it was easy to see that everyone was having a most enjoyable experience.
After breakfast Rhoda demonstrated the art of hula-hooping and invited us all to participate and enjoy a little physical activity. There were a few people who accepted her offer, however the majority of our group preferred to continue their conversations and enjoy one more cup of coffee. Linda, who I recognized from a number of walks we had taken sponsored by the active adult center, agreed that a short mountain hike seemed to be the ideal way to finish our mountain morning. We found our way to the castle trail which leads to a castle which was destroyed by fire many years ago. Unfortunately our time constraints did not allow us to follow the trail to its’ ultimate destination, but the views from the pathway more than made up for that fact. Mount Falcon Park is only 45 minutes from the Denver metropolitan area, and is well worth the time it takes to get there to enjoy a picnic or any other outdoor activity.
Our drive home followed the route along Kerr creek through the towns of Morrison and Idledale. All too soon we were back at the Active Adult Center, but feeling good about our most enjoyable mountain experience.
Submitted by Phil Jarzen.