Rocky Mountain High *

* Also Aunt Pearl’s 90th birthday, our 17th anniversary, and Grandson Tom and Celia’s unofficial 3rd anniversary . . .

February 14

[Getting ready to leave from MSP, airports being the most fun places in the world!?  It was Valentine’s Day and our anniversary . . . ]

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[Arrival in Denver – still a 20-hour ride to our car rental place . . . ]

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[On the car rental bus – as I recall we had to show our passports a couple of times . . . ]

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[Car in hand, on the way in to the Mile High City . . . ]

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[Looks like they’ve been as droughted as West Central Minnesota . . . ]

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[The Rocky Mountains from our hotel room. OK, a picture of the Rocky Mountains in our hotel room . . . ]

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[Dinner that night with Grandson Tom, who has now lived in Wesminster for a year and a half . . . ]

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[Then we were joined by Celia.  The kids figured Valentine’s Day was their “unofficial” third anniversary . . . ]

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[A 4-way dessert – I, of course, dribbled some on my pants.  It’s the new normal . . . ]

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[The Super would insist on a picture of Jax!]

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February 15

[Heading into town for a day in the Capital City . . . ]

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[Just happy not to have a daily big city commute . . . ]

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[One of 5 campuses visited on the trip . . . ]

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[Denver Performing Arts Complex . . . ]

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[First on the list, a tour of the Denver Mint.  We had to get a pass a couple hours before the tour . . . ]

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[We parked nearby, then did a walking tour of the area . . . ]

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[No pictures during the tour – but I guess it’s OK to scan our free door prize . . . ]

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[Walking from the Mint toward the Capitol . . . ]

 

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[Blue trees???]

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[Voorhies Memorial and Sea Lion Fountain in Civic Center Park . . . ]

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[The Super suggested we change models (this photo and the others are in Civic Center Park . . . ]

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[OK, what’s next?]

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[City and County Building . . . ]

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[Civic Center Park – piano and . . . what?]

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[I bet you guessed the capitol?]

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[More Civic Center Park statuary . . . ]

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[We’re gaining on the capitol . . . ]

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[Professional photographers – they didn’t bite on my “I’ll take yours if you take mine?”]

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[Now up close and personal . . . ]

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[Shoulda parked here?]

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[We wandered – self-guided, there were lots of school tours ongoing . . . ]

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[The legislature was in session – I believe this was the House . . . ]

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[The Senate . . . ]

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[The dome . . . ]

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[The dome vantage point . . . ]

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[The Senate . . . ]

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[We timed this wrong, so we didn’t join a tour or go to the dome . . . ]

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[The state Supreme Court . . . ]

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[The City and County Library, listed as a Top Ten site to visit . . . ]

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[From the library . . . ]

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[Outside the library . . . ]

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[The Denver Art Museum . . . ]

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[Degas was in town.  Unfortunately, again, not enough time to visit . . . ]

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[The University of Denver campus . . . ]

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[On the road again heading for Red Rocks . . . ]

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[This was our first visit here . . . ]

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[And here we are at the amphitheatre . . . ]

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[The visit made even more beautiful by a light snow . . . ]

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[We had lunch here where we were told there are 188 perfomances scheduled this year.  Wow!]

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[Decent views here . . . ]

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[This is really cool!]

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[The display model . . . ]

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[The Super finds a friend . . . ]

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[Leaving the park . . . ]

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[There are folks up there?]

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[I don’t believe this is natural . . . ]

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[And we went by Coors – just because it’s there . . . ]

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[Into Golden . . . ]

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[Heading to the Colorado School of Mines.  See the “M” on the hillside?]

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[From the campus . . . ]

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[As noted, the fieldhouse . . . ]

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[Back into downtown Golden . . . ]

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[We’ll have to finish trip coverage with a blog Part II . . . ]

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Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.  ~  Ed Viesturs

Up Next:  Part II

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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