In last Friday’s post, I talked about meeting Lara Schiffbauer and her family. Another writer I’d wanted to meet for a long time is Susie Lindau. I followed Susie’s blog long before she had her double mastectomy and the whole planet started following her.
My wish finally came true on this vacation. Pictured below, Sharon (standing) and I relaxed and visited with Susie and her husband Danny on an outdoor patio at her favorite restaurant, whose name escapes me.
A grin on his face, Danny introduced himself as Mr. Susie Lindau. I guess that’s the price of having a famous wife. Well, she’s certainly famous in our circles anyhow.
The Lindaus waited patiently as we chased our GPS up and down the street the restaurant was on. For a town its size, Boulder, Colorado, has a good bit of traffic, and it grew thicker as we finally approached the right end of the street. Crowds of pedestrians strolled up and down the block around our destination, and the city fathers picked up an idea from Boston, changing the street we were on to one-way against us.
It was well worth the trouble getting there. Susie and Danny are both delightful people who went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. Danny is in the real estate business, but both he and Susie make sure their work doesn’t interfere too much with their skiing. After all, they live next door to some of the best skiing on the planet, so why not keep their priorities straight.
Susie is over a year beyond her cancer and surgery, and she’s doing great. Both of them exude good health as well as friendliness. I’m so glad we managed to put this meeting together.
Arriving early in the afternoon, we decided to do a little sight-seeing before our dinner. Sharon found a couple of things that interested her in the AAA Tour Book we brought with us. She’s a fan of Celestial Tea, so when she saw their headquarters listed in the book, she had to see the place. It turned out we would have had to wait an hour and a half or so for a tour of their plant, so we passed on that, and I’m glad we did.
Had we waited there, we wouldn’t have had time to go to the Leanin’ Tree Museum, and that would have been a big loss. I’d never heard of Leanin’ Tree greeting cards, but apparently an awful lot of people have. Their plant is in Boulder a few blocks from Celestial Tea, and they operate a free art museum on the premises.
Most art museums I can drive by without slowing down, but I love Western art, and that’s what this place is all about. The lawn in front of the museum contains a number of Western statues, and the building itself houses dozens and dozens of high quality Western paintings.
When I think of Western art, the first names that come to mind are Remington and Russell, but I found a jewel here. I’d never heard of Bill Hughes, but his huge scenery paintings blew me away. I couldn’t quit looking at them.
If you ever have occasion to go to Boulder—or even Denver—don’t miss Leanin’ Tree. And arrange to meet Susie and Danny, too. I’d add Piper Bayard to that list, but you never know when she’ll be globetrotting to England or France.
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