So I just returned from a Department of Labor conference in Denver, Colorado. I tacked on a day at the end to do some hiking. All-in-all it was quite successful.
After arriving, I took a stroll over to the state capitol. It’s blue. That was a bit surprising to me until I remembered that ours is pink. All told, the Texas capitol grounds take up roughly four city blocks; the Colorado capitol and environs are downright cozy in comparison. And there was a lot of construction going on there, but a nice building.
The hotel was around the corner from Denver’s 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, so I took my meals there. The exception was dinner that I had at Row Fourteen Bistro and Wine Bar by the Convention Center. Best meal I had in Denver. The Bison Bolognese was fantastic!
Other than Row Fourteen, I ended up eating at Marlowe’s on the pedestrian mall. Here’s some sights from their patio.
On Friday after the conference concluded, I went hiking in O’Fallon Park near Evergreen. It was an easy 30-minute drive from downtown Denver. It’s located in the front range of the Rockies and has several trails you can hike. I did the Meadow View Loop, the West Ridge Loop, and part of the Bear Creek Trail – about 7 miles altogether. This is a real gem in Denver; I hope I have the opportunity to go back.
On Saturday, I spent the day at Castlewood Canyon State Park near Franktown, Colorado. Since this is away from the mountains, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it has a lot of diversity. It reminds me of Enchanted Rock here in the Hill County. There were a lot of people, but it was easy enough to find some solitude on the more challenging trails. I did the Dam, Homestead, Inner Canyon, Lake Gulch, and Rimrock trails – about 13 miles in all.
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Wow you’re making me miss summer in Colorado. I’ve only been twice but it spoke to my soul something fierce this last time (three years ago now.) Thanks for the photos.