Day 7 We took a little time off to visit with friends and hit the hills for a good hike. We met up with Elisa, Forrest's friend from way back all the way to elementary school. We went to the Flatirons just outside Boulder for an early afternoon hike. We finished the day with a fantastic dinner at Zeal and a trip to Rebecca's Apothocary (it had herbal everything- an amazing store- stop in if you ever have the chance) located downtown Boulder and of course some yoga.
Day 8 brought us bright and early to the Denver Rescue Mission at 5:00 AM for our volunteer shift. We arrived so early the streets were filled with a deep darkness. People lined the streets on the blocks surrounding the mission. When we finally found parking we were a little apprehensive to leave the car as we had never been to the mission or even seen it in the day light. I am so glad we were brave enought to step outside and search for the entrance. We worked the breakfast shift so we prepped all the cold food items with a group of volunteers and a kind gentleman Benjamin who is in the missions program. I prepared the cream cheese cutting the larger blocks into smaller pieces, others prepared apple sauce, doughnuts, water and coffee. There were supposed to have bagels hence why I cut the cream cheese but I guess there were bugs on them and since everything is based on donations they had to use doughnuts instead. That means a lot of cream cheese was wasted. Around 6:00 breakfast was served and we all found a spot behind the line I served the French toast with diluted maple syrup and Forrest past the trays out. There was a continual line for the next hour men and women but mostly men. The mission organization has outreach beyond the Lawrence street building they have two other locations outside town one is actually a farm. Leaving I couldn't help but think about the trash can filled with glass and aluminum cans from all the individual applesauces that got poured into the large pan. I wanted to take it with me and find the nearest recycling but Forrest talked me out of it...
In Garden of the Gods with Pikes Peak
Garden of the Gods
Sand Dunes National Park