Do you have dogs that love snow? Dogs that live in the mountains must feel like they are in paradise as they run the trails with their skiing owners. I took care of Keely for weekend and this six month old lab mix had a blast chasing snow balls, jumping into snow banks, and simply running the snow covered roads and trails.Continue reading “A Dog’s Life in the Rockies”
Outside the Colorado State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol building was opened in 1894 in Denver, Colorado. It is constructed of Colorado white granite and topped with a copper dome that is gilded in gold leaf from a Colorado mine. The capitol sits on the eastern edge of Denver’s Civic Center and houses the Colorado General Assembly as well as the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Treasurer.
Outside, its western steps feature the official elevation of Denver. The original marker on the fifteenth step is an engravement “One Mile High Above Sea Level”. The elevation has been remeasured from time to time and as a result there is a marker on step 18 from 1969 and a marker on step 13 from 2003.
Inside the Colorado State Capitol
Inside the Colorado State Capitol, the building is comprised of the entire known supply Colorado Rose Onyx. The rose marble which comes from Beulah, Colorado features patterns that look like people, animals, and objects. White Yule Marble from Marble, Colorado is also used throughout the building.
The dome includes an observation deck which opens to the outside. After eight years of being closed for safety reasons, the deck is now open to visitors. The level below the deck features stain glass windows that depict historical Colorado figures and events. Its top floor includes Mr. Brown’s Attic Museum.
Tour of the Colorado State Capitol
While visitors may tour the Colorado State Capitol on their own, it is worth signing up for a free hour-long tour. Tours are offered every hour from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. Reservations are not required, but tours do fill up, so be sure to arrive early. In addition, reasonably priced parking downtown is difficult to find, so allow extra time.
My friend Ann and I joined a morning tour at the Colorado State Capitol and then went to lunch at nearby City O’ City. We had a lovely tour guide who covered a significant amount of Colorado history, pointed out many of the wall hangings, the governor’s office, the House and Senate, and was frankly very enthusiastic about leading our group of mostly foreigners through the building.
Lunch at City O’ City
After our tour we walked to lunch at City O’ City. City O’ City is a popular vegetarian restaurant with a cute atmosphere located just one block south of the capitol. It was packed when we arrived, but we were able to squeeze the last two seats out of the back bar. Dishes served include salads, soups, sandwiches, and pizzas. I had chorizo spice cauliflower tacos, and they were excellent.
The short tour of the Colorado Capitol building plus lunch was a perfect staycation day in Denver! ETB
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After a very snowy weekend in Denver, I talked my friend Kat into doing approximately a 4-mile hike in Boulder on Tuesday. The trails at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) seemed like a good option as NCAR doesn’t charge for parking like the smaller surrounding lots do. In addition, the exhibits at NCAR are sort of interesting. Too bad this national weather research center doesn’t help out weathermen get the forecast right!
Anyway, while Denver got at least twice as much snow as expected over the weekend, Boulder was spared. Only three inches fell in the area. Having four days to melt, we expected we’d see little snow and a lot of mud.Continue reading “NCAR and Its Hiking Trails”
Centennial Cone Park is part of Jeffco Open Space and is located just west of Golden, Colorado. The park includes over 16 miles of trails, though Jeffco closes a large section of the park as well as Elk Ridge Trail seasonally for elk calving season.
This did not stop Diana, Jim and me from checking out the southwest corner of Centennial Cone Park beginning at Mayhem Gulch Trailhead. We decided on this hike Thursday night, but after 7 inches of snow in Denver (forecast called for 1-3), we expected we’d be snowshoeing.Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Centennial Cone Park”
North Ten Mile Creek Trail is located off the I-70 service road in Frisco. As such the trail is easily accessible and no 4-wheel drive is needed. The entire trail is a 6.5 mile out and back. It begins at 9,164 feet and gains a little over 800 feet in elevation.
I joined a meetup group called “Baby Boomers” who scheduled a snowshoe last week. While I’m not a Baby Boomer, the group is extremely active, offers a variety of events, and includes very welcoming members. As such, it is a fun group to join.Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: North Ten Mile Creek Trail”
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Top Things to Do Near Monticello, Utah
Located just 40 miles from the entrance of the Canyonland’s Needles District, Monticello is a great base for hikers wishing to explore some iconic trails. It also serves as a great base for historians and geologists, as the area is pepper with Indian ruins and unique rock formations.
Monticello was settled by members of the Church of Latter-day Saints in the 1890’s. Monticello is the second most populous town with approximately 2,000 residents in San Juan County. It grew between the 1940’s to 1960’s during the Uranium boom. Continue reading “Top Things to Do Near Monticello”
Bluff is located in the sparsely populated southeastern corner of Utah. It is a great base for historians who want to study the abundance of petroglyphs and ruins in the surrounding area. Continue reading “Top Things to Do Near Bluff, Utah”
Goblin Valley State Park
The Goblin Valley State Park is located 48 miles southwest of Green River off of Highway 24 in Utah in a remote area. Though a little out of the way and rather expensive for a state park with a $20 entry fee, it is worth visiting for families. Continue reading “Goblin Valley State Park”
Top Things to Do Near Moab
Moab is small town in eastern Utah with close proximity to both Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. It attracts many tourists to these parks. In addition, it is an extremely popular base for mountain bikers and off-roaders. Continue reading “Top Things to Do Near Moab”