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Colorado Day 10
12 Aug 2017
We began our final full day in Colorado with a drive back up to Denver. We went directly to Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park. We, once again, spent time climbing stairs at a high altitude. Even though we'd mostly acclimated to the altitude during our trip, we still were looking forward to being at sea level again after all the climbing we did to see every inch of the beautiful amphitheatre. Then we drove downtown and did some exploring on foot. Out first stop was History Colorado, a state history museum. After spending some time there, we walked to the state capitol building but it was pouring rain so we didn't stay too long. Then it was off to Union Station. By then the rain had cleared up so after lunch we went back to see the capitol in the sunshine. Sfter some more exploring and dinner, we tracked down Voodoo Donuts. We'd never had the opportunity to try them before so we waited in the always very long line and bought a few to take back to the hotel to celebrate the end of a very busy and fun trip. We ate them after we packed everything for our flight home the following morning.

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DAY 9 | COLORADO INDEX
10-002 BNSF Freight Train 10-006 Mountains 10-007 CO-470 & Mountains
When I think of the west, I think of freight trains crossing open spaces.
The mountain scenery around Denver is quite nice
Driving toward the mountains on CO Route 470
10-009 Houses & Mountains 10-010 Red Rocks Sign 10-013 Red Rocks
Neighborhoods are tucked between the mountains.
Our first stop is at Red Rocks Ampitheatre & and Park
I can see where Red Rocks gets its name.
10-014 Red Rocks 10-016 Red Rocks 10-017 Stairs
I can see where Red Rocks gets its name.
I can see where Red Rocks gets its name.
That's quite a climb, especially at high altitude.
10-018 Red Rocks 10-019 Stairs 10-020 Red Rocks
Up close with the red ricks
Our car is waaaaay down there and we've got a lot more to climb.
I can see where Red Rocks gets its name.
10-023 Stage 10-024 Seating 10-025 Seating
The incredibly famous stage at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
Red Rocks Ampitheatre is unlike any other music venue.
Red Rocks Ampitheatre is unlike any other music venue.
10-028 Denver Skyline 10-030 Ampitheatre 10-031 Seating
The view of the Denver skyline from Red Rocks Ampitheatre is impressive even on a hazy day.
The incredibly famous stage at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
Red Rocks Ampitheatre is unlike any other music venue.
10-034 Stage 10-037 Red Rocks Sign 10-041 Concert Posters
The incredibly famous stage at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.
Hard to believe we're actually at Red Rocks. It's such a cool place.
Posters from some of the many thousands of concerts that have taken place at Red Rocks
10-042 Ampitheatre 10-043 Ampitheatre 10-047 Heart Rate Sign
We climbed to the top. It was worth it for this view.
A quick panoramic shot of the Red Rocks Ampitheatre from the top.
Red Rocks is more than a concert venue, it's an exercise venue.
10-048 Stairs 10-050 Red Rocks Trading Post 10-051 Red Rocks
My mother is way down there already. I better catch up.
Red Rocks Trading post and Colorado Music Hall of Fame
There is no part of this park that is beautiful.
10-054 History Colorado Exterior 10-056 Colorful Colorado Sign 10-058 Coors Malted Milk Can
Our next stop is History Colorado, a state history museum.
Colorado is nothing if not colorful.
Coors sold malted milk during prohibition.
10-059 Fels Naptha Soap 10-061 General Store Shelves 10-063 Model T
Fun fact, Fels Naptha Soap is still sold and my mother swears by it for tough laundry stains.
Stepping back a century or so at the general store
We took an interactive ride in a Model T
10-065 Mom's Keota Yearbook Photo 10-066 Michael's Keota Yearbook Photo 10-070 Internment Camp Exhibit
My mother showed up in the Keota yearbook as future mayor.
I appear to be ready to sell newspapers.
Stepping inside a Japanese internment camp.
10-071 Rocky Mountain National Park Exhibit 10-073 2010 US Olympic Team Uniform 10-075 2010 Winter Olympic Silver Medal
I love Rocky Mountain National Park too!
Johnny Spillane's uniform and medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Johnny Spillane's uniform and medal from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
10-076 Mom & Barrel Man 10-077 Fritchle Electic Car 10-079 Mom in Barrel Man Barrel
Apparently Barrel Man is a Denver Broncos thing.
A Fritchle electic car
My mother stole Barrel Man's barrel! I can't take her anywhere!
10-080 Bearproof Trash Can 10-083 Dust Bowl Exhibit 10-084 Dust Bowl Exhibit
Bearproof trashcans are a necessity in Colorado
This immersive dust bowl exhibit was the coolest part of the museum.
This immersive dust bowl exhibit was the coolest part of the museum.
10-086 Denver Public Library 10-087 Colorado State Capitol 10-088 Denver City & County Building
The Denver Public Library
On our way to the Colorado State Capitol
Looking across to the Denver City & County Building in the pouring rain
10-089 Colorado State Capitol 10-090 Union Station Interior 10-091 Union Station Exterior
It was raining pretty hard at the Colorado State Capitol
We spent some time in Union Station while it rained.
The clouds finally cleared by the time we came out of Union Station. This looks like a postcard, if I do say so myself.
10-093 Union Station Fountains 10-094 Union Station Fountains 10-097 Colorado State Capitol
This fountain is outside Union Station
This fountain is outside Union Station. We ate at the restaurant behind it.
We circled back to see the Colorado State Capitol in the sunshine.
10-098 Colorado State Capitol 10-099 Colorado State Capitol 10-100 Colorado State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol is modeled after the US Capitol
Climbing back up to the Colorado State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol is modeled after the US Capitol
10-101 Denver City & County Building 10-102 One Mile Above Sea Level Sign 10-105 Civil War Memorial
The view across to the Denver City & County Building is much better without the pouring rain
Partway up the State Capitol steps is one mile above sea level, making Denver the Mile High City.
Colorado's Civil War memorial
10-106 Denver City & County Building 10-107 Colorado State Capitol 10-108 Courthouse
Denver City & County Building
The Colorado State Capitol is modeled after the US Capitol
The state courthouse
10-109 Vodoo Donut Interior 10-110 Vodoo Donut Display 10-111 Vodoo Donut Interior
We finished our trip with visit to Voodoo Donut. The donuts were worth the long wait!
We finished out trip with visit to Voodoo Donut. The donuts were worth the long wait!
We finished out trip with visit to Voodoo Donut. The donuts were worth the long wait!
10-112 Vodoo Donut Sign 10-113 Vodoo Donut Exterior 10-114 Vodoo Donut Box
We finished out trip with visit to Voodoo Donut. The donuts were worth the long wait!
We finished out trip with visit to Voodoo Donut. The donuts were worth the long wait!
Back at the hotel with our Voodoo Donut donuts
10-115 Donuts
Yes, that's bacon maple! Also, Cocoa Puffs and Butterfinger. We chose well!

DAY 9 | COLORADO INDEX

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