Arvada Colorado’s Cherry Trees, Sakura Blossoms, a Gift From Japan


In 1912 Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo made a gift of friendship, 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC.

Commemorating that 1912 gift the Consul General of Japan made a gift of three cherry trees to Simpson United Methodist Church at the 100 year anniversary and celebration.  These trees are thriving and they are now welcoming spring and blooming this week!

Members of this diversified church include first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese-Americans.  We are fortunate that we will be able to practice hanami (flower viewing).  Perhaps we should arrange a Sakura Hanami Festival and enjoy viewing our very own blossoms with a traditional picnic.

The Denver Cherry Blossom Festival this year is Saturday June 27, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015.  The Sakura will be done blooming but Denver will enjoy a festival of entertainment, vendors and great food.


Colorado Garden & Home Show


Just when you think you can’t stand winter one more day the Garden & Home Show comes to town!

Here are a few flowers from the show.


It sure smelled and felt like spring!


This was crazy like a Dr. Seuss garden!


And my favorite display because it reminded me of my pal Monty!


Spooky huh?😏


All in all a fun day just hanging out with friends and pretending it was spring!


Honda Gold Wing Chapter E New Member Casey Strickland


Casey Strickland is Chapter E’s newest member joining in March 2014.  He is a real sweetie (I think GWRRA members can be sweeties).

Chapter E is in Region F which comprises the Southwestern United States Gold Wing Road Riders Association’s Districts and includes the Districts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Hawaii.

Casey has been riding since he was about 9, he started on dirt bikes and at about 14 he graduated to a street bike.

Casey has a second home in Central City (in the mountains a short distance from Denver).  He enjoyed his Gold Wing (and Colorado’s great mountain scenery) this summer with trips to Central City and touring the roads you find winding through the mountains of Colorado.

He also took a longer road trip to Albuquerque.  Plenty of storage here for his gear.


When I asked Casey about the bling I have noticed on other Gold Wings, and taking particular note that Casey’s Gold Wing was pretty stock, he told me he didn’t think he was going to add much bling to his Gold Wing.  I think this might be his age here (being one of the younger members of the club if not the youngest) he is still in his reserved stage.


But I do note that Casey was not yet wearing one of the club vests, for which “bling” is a definite necessity.  Will have to keep an eye on Casey and see what happens here….

I understand that “Pins Patches and Little Dangly Things” are a must for any respectable GWRRA vest!

Good luck Casey I am really looking forward to following the bling added to your Gold Wing and vest!