Today was a success. My roomies and I went to Chatfield State Park for the day. Shana, one of my roommates, was looking for places in Colorado to paddle board and happened upon it. Naturally we thought it was a great idea.
We got up this morning to a rough start, tension, hangovers, and a pending utility shut off (more about that later) had us all on edge, but when we finally got to the park things were (mostly) smooth sailing from there.
To call the “Swimming Beach” at Chatfield Reservoir an actual beach would be stretching it. A lot. The “beach” was all pebbles and there were more geese and seagulls than people. It was hot though, so we ignored the unpleasantness of it all and soaked up the sun on the shore. The problem arose when we decided that roasting was getting a little painful and that the water was definitely calling to us.
Unfortunately, the water was murky, browning green, and totally unwelcoming as ducks, seagulls, and geese all made themselves comfortable in the reservoir. We were quickly grossed out of the water and went in search of a better place to dip, preferably with fewer birds and cleaner water. We ended up circling back to a pond we’d seen on our way to the reservoir and it was the place we were actually looking for where they kayaked and paddle boarded. Again, we ran into some problems because we realized there was no brick and mortar operation. There wasn’t a spot to rent paddle boards or any instructors there so we were very confused. On the upside the water was crystal clear and refreshingly cool. There were even little fish swimming around in it.
A lady came up to us from the water and we made fast friends. She was a retired teacher from Littleton who worked for the Denver School District. We talked for a while and then she even let us use her paddle board. It was a lot of fun and the day really ended up being really fun. I got to paddle board for the first time, I got to know my roomies better, and I also get very toasty (tan lines for days :/ )
Now, after having slept off some of the sun, watching TV, and eating a bit I’m looking forward to tonight. Hopefully Phantom and Tony’s is in my future. Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you about what happened yesterday… that was one for the books.