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

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One Response to Greetings from Denver, Colorado!

  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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