Again, I apologize for my horrible blog upkeep. We just spent three days at a “book hotel,” a wonderful place with a huge library and no wifi. A delight for me, but it definitely makes me a bad blog-mom.
We set sail from The Great Dunes of Colorado to Denver, the mile-high city. I met up with an old friend of mine and her boyfriend, and they showed us the ropes around Denver. First, we had dinner at Breckenridge Brewery, one of Denver’s more famous breweries. The beer was on-par, and they have an awesome Thursday night trivia night that was loads of fun. If you are into a more relaxed city scene, enjoy beer and food, or just don’t want to get sucked into the corporate nonsense, LoDo is for you. The downtown portion of Denver is almost like the hipster capital of Colorado, but in a less obnoxious and in-your-face way.
The next day, we had lunch with our friends at an awesome little British food pub in the ‘burbs of Denver. Denver food may not be “iconic,” but it is one of the few places we did not have ANY bad eating experience at, and most of their restaurants offer beer, which is awesome. Affordable as well, which was a great discovery.
That night, unbeknownst to us poor NY folk, was the Colorado Rockies opening weekend. This fun, quiet little city becomes a rowdy drunken orgy during this weekend, apparently, and we had a bit of trouble finding an bar that wasn’t packed to capacity. The people-watching was amazing, of course, but damn, Denver, you go hard. We had a good time at World of Beer though, which is just off of the LoDo strip to make it bearable.
Next stop was the dispensary. For those that don’t know, Colorado is one of the very few states that allows the purchase of recreational marijuana. Not being much of a smoker myself, I still needed to check it out and see what the buzz was about. Once we walked in, the man at the desk took our IDs and led us into the waiting room. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, the place was packed with all sorts of people from all walks of life, from businessmen to stereotypical stoners to elderly. The group was divided into two groups, recreational and medical users. While we didn’t buy anything, Mike and I did take a fun souvenir photo in the window. Moral of the story: Colorado is a trailblazing state, and we applaud you.
Our last Denver stop was at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for a super cool exhibit that I had to go to, Mythic Creatures. I am a science fiction and fantasy buff, and this was a necessity. What a beautifully situated museum! It overlooks a park and is in a more historic district of Denver, one in which you can see miles away the industrial portion while being surrounded by beautiful homes and luscious trees. The exhibits were all fun, not just the one I went to go see. This museum was wonderful for people of all ages, having historical exhibits, speciality ones, and futuristic ones, like those that discussed our future in space travel.
Thank you, Denver, for giving us science, history, good friends, and copious amounts of beer. And thank you Ali and Andrew for showing us a kick-ass time in Denver. We salute you.
Next Stop: Arches National Park.