School Resource Officers Conference in Colorado Springs

I had the honor of being invited to Colorado Springs to speak for police officers who help keep our schools safe throughout Colorado. Their annual conference took place at Colorado College, in a beautiful old hall that made me think of Harry Potter movies and Hogwarts Castle!

You might think it intimidating to speak for so many police and security personnel, but they were a warm and friendly group that made me feel right at home—and made me think of the policemen I got to know during middle school. I used to check in regularly and tell jokes to liven up their day, and before I moved on to high school, one of them awarded me a special medallion acknowledging my respectful and kind manner. That gesture and the accompanying conversation have stayed with me, a special memory even now.

After my talk, we spent a comfortable night at the Antlers Hotel—cool history there: this building was its third incarnation, with the first one dating back to 1883 and burning down in a terrible fire, and the second one lasting until the mid-1960’s; see

Following a morning walk along Monument Creek, mom and I toured Cave of the Winds with its amazing limestone formations…

We viewed nearby Cliff Dwellings and learned more about ancient Anasazi culture in the attached museum…

We sampled sparkling, fizzy spring water at seven different fountains in old Manitou Springs…

…and saw old Miramont Castle built of unique “green stone” (quarried locally in the late 1800’s)…

We hiked Red Rock Canyon, near to Garden of the Gods with its stunning sandstone formations…

Finally, a long drive home into summer dusk, with pale pink, purple, and blue clouds over the mountains. A satisfying, two-day adventure!

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