Posts Tagged ‘vacation’

Denver

by wil — Mar 8, 2011

Sometimes Santa Fe can seem really, really small and really, really quiet…and a visit to a big, bustling city full of interesting shops and restaurants and parks and architecture serves as a refreshing antidote. We usually get our big city fix from an occasional visit to Austin or San Francisco, but this time we thought: Why not try Denver? It’s only five-and-a-half hours away — by far the closest big city (the metro area pop. is ~3 million) — and I have fond memories of visiting Denver as a kid, so we drove up and spent a week and it was great!

We drove through miles of rolling prairie butting up against massive mountains (the view near Trinidad, CO):

We visited the Tattered Cover bookstore @ 16th and Wynkoop — probably my all-time favorite bookstore (Book People in Austin is a close second). I remember going there as a kid and being blown away by its size and grandeur.

We picked up a book titled Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, and later that day we stumbled across some real-life knit graffiti:

We ate grass-fed burgers at Eco-Burger:

We bowled at Lucky Strike Lanes. Neither of us had bowled since childhood, but we decided on the spur of the moment to give it a go, and it was really fun!

We paid for parking with our credit cards…at the parking meter!

We admired the downtown architecture (Union Station):

Ice House:

Denver Art Museum:

We shopped at The Wizard’s Chest, a fabulous toy/magic/costume store:

We bought socks at the gigantic REI flagship store, with its giant rock-climbing wall in the distance:

We saw frozen ponds (even with temperatures in the high-50s):

We had fun!