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Trip Report Go_laura's Denver area trip report Part I

Thanks to all of you who helped me plan this trip, in several different threads. It was wonderful, despite a couple rainy days.

We arrived in Denver around 11A.M. the morning of Sat. May 7. First things first, went to supermarket to get breakfast and snack supplies for the week, then to check in to our condo "home away from home" that we'd rented for the week through vrbo. The condo could have been better in a number of ways but the location was as fabulous as all had promised, and that mattered more than anything.

The weather that day was beautiful - if anything a little hot. We walked over to Delectable Egg for breakfast food at about 2PM, we thought it was ok, not fabulous, not bad. Then we walked over to Larimer Square where Top Chef was filming: we're not big TV watchers and neither of us had ever seen it, but we have a friend who's very into it so that made it rather exciting, a story to tell her later! So we watched it for a little bit and then just admired the old buildings, and my husband tried on some hats in the hat store. My head was really aching from either altitude adjustment or dehydration (tho' I did keep drinking water), and we were hoping to make it to Red Rocks in the evening for a Moody Blues concert, so we decided to just hop on the 16th St. mall free shuttle and take it to the end and back, to get a lay of the land, giving us time to still rest for a while after. The Cinco de Mayo fest was at the other end of the shuttle's path but I really needed to get back and rest so we didn't spend time at that. Went back to rest, and DID make it to Red Rocks for that concert - what a stunningly gorgeous venue, wish I hadn't been so headachey so could have enjoyed it even more.

Due to the weather forecast for a number of days, we decided to try a day trip to Boulder on Sunday despite that graduation had been Friday and we knew it might be overly crowded. We did the Celestial Seasons tour on the way, thanks to Gretchen - it was fun, especially the Mint Room, where my eyes actually watered from the mint! Then we drove over to Chatauqua Park, hung out a bit, really enjoyed the good humor of the man at the visitor center there, as well as the scenery! Since my plantar fascitis ended up dictating a lack of hiking this trip, at the good-humored man's suggestion, we drove up Flagstaff - so beautiful, and uncrowded too - we were able to sit amongst the trees and mountains and really breathe it in. Ahhh. Turned out to be one of my favorite moments of the trip. When we came down, we drove through the campus just cause we like seeing different campuses, and then went to dinner on the pedestrian-only Pearl St. Mall - which WAS very crowded, but after being told there'd be an hour's wait at Rio Grande, we got in right away to Centro's and very much enjoyed our food. While we didn't enjoy the shops and the entertainers that night due to my heel hurting, we did manage to discover Glacier's Ice Cream on Basline Rd. before heading back to Denver - yum!

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