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By Robin Dearing
Yesterday was the first Sunday of the month — and that means it's free day at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Being one that loves to take advantage of all the free stuff I can, Margaret and I joined a bunch of our neighbor moms and daughters for a bike ride down to the botanical gardens. We've ridden our bikes down there many times, but this time was different. Margaret rode her own two-wheeler, all by herself. In the past she's been attached to my bike or Bill's bike by her tag-along bike. I watched her like a hawk as she pedaled along the bike lane, being mindful to stay with the group and not dart into traffic. It was a bit more stressful for me, but Margaret did great and she really enjoyed the independence of riding alone. Mar%20botanical%20gardens%20small.jpg The gardens inside were in full bloom and we saw many stunning flowers and butterflies. hisbiscus%20pink%20small.jpg orchids%20small.jpg Just as we entered the gardens, Margaret and I saw these two smiling faces: soren%20richie.jpg Yep, we ran into Richie and Soren, who were also taking advantage of the beautiful weather and free-day at the botanical gardens. Soren was having a grand time watching these guys as they darted around the koi pond: koi%20small.jpg Soren sure is a happy little guy. Look at his little self as he tried to convince the koi to come home with him: Soren%201.jpg Soren%202.jpg After having our fill of the flora and fauna of the inside gardens, we strolled around the desert gardens that are just now coming to life. It always amazes me the beauty and variety of plantlife that grows in our high desert landscape. cactus%20flower%20small.jpg Gorgeous weather, beautiful gardens, great friends — just three more reason why I love the Grand Valley.

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