We visited tourist attractions, including this visit to the State Capitol, by bike
Audre is biking over our favorite bridge at the Confluence in Denver
We would sometimes bike to have lunch at The Market, 1445 Larimer St., Denver CO 80202, tel 303-534-5140, web: http://www.themarketlarimer.com/ We liked our salads there.
A couple of Sunday mornings we biked to have a stack of American pancakes at Hot Cakes, 1400 E. 18th Ave. (between Humboldt & Franklin), Denver tel. 303-832-80218, web: http://www.hcdiner.com/ The first time we went, it was so early that there weren't many people there. As it got later, it got packed and we knew we were at the right place. We also learned that we should order only the number of pancakes we wanted (like Audre could only eat one; they were so big).
Our dorky city bikes sometimes needed air in their tires. We stopped at gas stations for air only to find out that they charge for air. Boy, have there been changes in the USA since 1993. We learned that bike shops often have hoses outside their shops with free air. Guess you just have to know.
So off we went to visit them and to pick up our ski stuff. The drive across the I-70 was gorgeous. The aspens were colorful and Glenwood Canyon magnificent. The Blomquists were terrific hosts. They included us in a party with their friends, Joe and Jill, in Grand Junction to see the Navy Blue Angels perform.
The Navy Blue Angels perform in Grand Junction with the Grand Mesa in the background
The colors and the formations of the Colorado National Monument with the Grand Valley of the Colorado River in the distance
The many splendiferous colors of the aspens in the Grand Mesa
The exciting Frederick C. Hamilton Building of the Denver Art Museum
The Colorado Governor's Mansion Tour included a square dancing demonstration. How American is that?
Dimitri taking the Colorado driver's license test with Tony The Tester in Mary Ferguson LaFave's Volvo
The lobster feast with Ral Sandberg, Vivian Wilson and Jim Boeck. Claire is in the kitchen...
The handover of the Subaru keys
Our reciprocating dinner party with Claire Walter (top right), Jim Boeck, Ral Sandberg and Vivian Wilson
Also before we left Denver, our friend from Taos, NM, Wendy Blake Stagg, came to stay with us at our apartment. We went with her to a Korean restaurant (even though she was allergic to something they use in their food) and we all enjoyed it. The last rendez-vous we had with Wendy was in El Colorado, Chile (when she damaged her ACL).
All in all our Denver stay was a great success. It is a tribute to Dimitri's insight because he instigated it (and he actually had to insist)!