Greetings from Denver, Colorado!

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.

Colorado Capitol Building - Jul 14
Colorado Capitol Building – Denver, Colorado – July 2014

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.

 

Rosemary Rickey - Marlowe's - Denver, Colorado - July 2014
Rosemary Rickey – Marlowe’s – Denver, Colorado – July 2014

 

Blackberry Old Fashioned
Blackberry Old Fashioned – Marlowe’s – Denver, Colorado, July 2014
Steak Frites - Jul 14
Steak Frites – Marlowe’s – Denver, Colorado, July 2014
Hari Khrishnas - Jul 14
Dinner Floor Show – Marlowe’s – Denver, Colorado, July 2014

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.

Vista - Jul 14
Vista – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Aspens1 Jul 14
Aspen Grove – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Mule Deer - Jul 14
Mule Deer – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Meadow1 - Jul 14
Meadow – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Snow Caps
Snow Caps – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
River - Jul 14
Bear Creek – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Bee Balm - Jul 14
Bee Balm – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Cactus - Jul 14
Cactus – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Thistle Flower - Jul 14
Thistle Flower – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014
Meadow - Jul 14
Wild Flowers – O’Fallon Park, Evergreen, Colorado, July 2014

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.

Canyon Vista
View – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Creek
Creek – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Dam
Ruins of Castlewood Dam (1890) – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Gnarled Tree - Jul 14
Gnarled Tree – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Lupines - Jul 14
Lupines – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Tree Growing in Rock - Jul 14
Tree in Rock – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Tree Roots - Jul 14
Pine Tree Roots – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
Water Fall - Jul 14
Waterfall – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014
White Flower - Jul 14
Wild Flower – Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown, Colorado, July 2014

One Comment Add yours

  1. plumdirt says:

    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.

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