We spent part of the 4th of July weekend with friends in Vail, Colorado. The temperature was perfect for a little sightseeing, biking down Vail Pass and enjoying the music and Farmer’s Market. We spent some time at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Admission is free and it has grown since the last time I was there. There are fountains and several levels with both ramps and stairs for easy access. For those, who may want an easy-going day to enjoy nature and sunshine without a lot of sweating, this is a great place to spend some time. Don’t forget to go through the gift shop, which is designed for your inner gardener. The gardens in Vail are a pleasant repast, but even if you don’t want to give up bike riding for a day, you can enjoy individual patches of gardens in Vail neighborhoods throughout town.