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Celebrating America Hendricks-style

By Robin Dearing

I hope everyone had a good Fourth of July holiday/weekend. I know I did because I’m finally feeling better. Turns out I never did have a virus, instead I have a super rare endocrine disease called (redundantly) Addison’s disease. I will write about the illness, diagnosis and treatment next time, but today I want to jump ahead to Saturday.

One of the things we like to do in the summer is ride the motorcycle to Gateway. It’s a beautiful ride we enjoy every time. When planning our Saturday ride, we remembered Miss Emily was singing at Gateway Canyons. Apparently they were having a post-July 4th celebration. Perfect! A great ride and we get to listen to our friend sing while eating BBQ.

The ride down was warm and beautiful. Bill got hit in the face with a bird, but he was OK. Well, mostly OK, the bird in the face triggered his allergies, of all things. Weird, but kinda funny.

At Gateway Canyons, we could hear Miss Emily’s crystal voice as we walked the resort. Emily was accompanied by Steve Williams and the sound was amazing. Snob Productions had set up speakers all over the grounds. It didn’t matter where you were, they sound was perfect. Miss Emily and Steve sounded so good, every song was exactly the song I wanted to hear. 

 Have you been to Gateway Canyon lately? Every time we go there, the grounds are more elaborately, elegantly beautiful.

They had a few tables set in the grass and on the patio along with a really, really, really good BBQ buffet was set up. There were five or six families there, so it was small and friendly. It seemed like a family event. We ate a great meal which included excellent brisket followed by ice-cream sandwiches.

After playing some cards, Bill and I decided to walk a bit. In the grass, they had set up ladder ball and bean-bag toss. Also, they had a big box of balls, gloves, Frisbees, etc. The little kids got their face painted by a really talented gal and they drew on the sidewalk with chalk. We played (and I lost) three games of bean-bag toss (which we, of course, crassly call, cornhole. Have you played that? It’s fun) while other families played games, too.

Around 9 p.m., we decided to sit in the cushioned chairs next to the koi pond. We took pictures of ourselves and enjoyed the warm evening air.

Just after dark, the fireworks show started. It was a full-on, 20-minute, music-choreographed, giant fireworks show going on right in front of us. We were a small, spread-out group, but we cheered and clapped and oooh-ed and ahhh-ed. I'd never experienced anything like it. 

We loved the entire event. It was an elegant version of a typical backyard Fourth of July celebration, but in one of the most beautiful places in Colorado. 

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