A great visit to Glenwood
In 1978, my wife and I drove from our home in central Missouri to Denver and took the train from there to Salt Lake City. The train stopped for just several minutes in Glenwood Springs, and a number of people disembarked. All we saw of your town was a couple of large red brick buildings to the north of the train station.
The view from Denver to Glenwood Springs was varied and gorgeous. By contrast, the scenery from there on to Salt Lake City was monotonous. I thought at the time, “It would be fun to do this again but get off in Glenwood Springs, spend several days there and return to Denver.”
I am a speaker and actor by profession, and I was in Denver for a presentation in early November. I went out one evening for a walk, turned a corner, and there, straight ahead of me, totally unexpected, was Union Station. I was drawn to it, like a bug to a light, where I gathered a schedule and fares to Glenwood Springs. Guess what our “family Christmas present” was the next month?
So, 10 days ago, 24 years and four kids later, we headed west from central Missouri to Denver once again. This time, when the train stopped in Glenwood Springs, we got off, too. We had a delightful four days in your town! All six of us biked to the Hanging Lake exit then climbed to see the lake. We had our lunch about a third of the way up the trail as tiny snowflakes fluttered down around us. It was snowing again, but hard this time, when we reached the lake. Two days later, three of us hiked the Red Mountain Trail, delighted to end up at “the Cross” we’d admired from down below.
We explored the older portion of your town, whatever we could see on foot. We enjoyed all the pastel frame houses accented with such bright trim colors. We bought snacks multiple times from City Market. We had a picnic lunch in the little park on Grand Avenue. The kids spent some time reading in your library. We enjoyed pizza, Mexican and Chinese food from your restaurants. We spent a lot of time at the Hot Springs Pool.
On Thursday afternoon, we caught the train back to Denver. The next day we drove 734 miles home. We had a great time. Thank you!
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