Written by Jacqueline Newell
While I was spending time in Denver a few weeks ago, I had the chance to go up to Boulder, Colorado. Now, this was a really interesting experience for me because about 34.7% of Cape Elizabeth High School graduates end up going to the University of Colorado at Boulder. The campus is, without a doubt, a really beautiful place and the town of Boulder resembles the hippie, boho chic feel of Portland, Maine so it is understandable what draws so many Mainers so far away. Pearl Street resembles Portland’s Old Port with its brick streets, hole in the wall restaurants, unique shops and very wide array of people milling about.
After checking out Boulder, moved down the street to explore the Celestial Seasonings factory. We got to wear super stylish hair nets throughout the factory – you’re welcome tea drinkers. I bought a pack of a tea called Fast Lane, a tea that has 110 mg of caffeine in each cup (compared to 80 mg of your average cup of coffee). This type was removed from stores because it didn’t sell well but the UC Boulder students signed a petition to bring it back so it is only sold in the factory.
College students needing caffeine? What a crazy concept!
We moved onto the Butterfly Pavilion, a place mainly directed at children under the age of 5 but one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. There were three different rooms, one with insects and gross creepy crawlies (check out me holding a tarantula!), a room for underwater creatures, and a heat controlled room filled with butterflies! We got to see a butterfly release, where all of the newly born butterflies get released into the environment. It was sweaty and full of bugs and awesome.
Get the title? I stayed at a Days Inn, bud -um- cheeeee.