I craned my neck to take in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains near Denver as we drove along highway 6 to a hiking trail near Golden, Colorado.
“The mountains are my spirit animal,” Fox said over his shoulder from the driver’s seat.
I nodded. I can relate. Life in Austin is good, but I miss the sight of snow-covered peaks and the smell of mountain air after a fresh rainfall. Every time I go back to the mountains, a part of me feels like I’m going home.
Shelly and I arrived in Denver on Thursday. Early. Waking at 4am to shuffle through airport security is far from the most relaxing way to start the day, but the plane set us down in Denver at 7:10 so we had the whole day to explore. And nap. When you wake at 4am on a travel day, a nap is practically a necessity.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem recently opened a location in Austin, TX. We visited the original location in Denver on Thursday afternoon.
Friday morning we shared a delicious breakfast at Gaia Bistro in Platt Park. Then we wandered the neighborhoods south of downtown Denver—Capitol Hill, Washington Park, and Platt Park—and browsed a few stores on Broadway.
Finally, we took an Uber to the Botanic Gardens. The flowers weren’t in bloom in early March, but the art and landscape made it worthwhile.
On Saturday, we finally ventured into the mountains. What was supposed to be a short jaunt at White Ranch turned into an epic 5-mile hike (that happens when you don’t follow directions).
Later that night, Shelly and I dropped into my favorite bookstore in Denver, The Tattered Cover. It’s a well-stocked independent bookstore located at the far end of the 16th Street Mall.
I bought a copy of The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. The illustrations in the novella are beautiful. I might write a review on the book when I’m finished. It’s a very unique and odd story—in a good way.
After the bookstore, we went out to dinner at The Kitchen. I always forget to photograph the food, but if you do visit Denver and want a nice dinner, The Kitchen has incredibly fresh seafood—not just for Denver, but fresh for anywhere. I recommend the littleneck oysters.
On Sunday, the final day of our trip, we visited friends in Nederland, CO. Here’s a shot of Shelly and I in Ned.
We rode on the Carousel of Happiness while we were there. ‘Cause why not? Only $1 to ride a 105 year old carousel that has survived fires and natural disaster.
Here’s a chill gorilla on the Carousel of Happiness.
We were back in Austin late on Sunday night.
Have you ever been to Denver? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Tell me in the comments.