Colorado

Aaaand here is my long-overdue post about our Labor Day/6th wedding anniversary excursion to Colorado! (6 years!  Time flies when you’re having fun!) We drove – kind of a mistake, as there is a lot to see in Colorado but not so much en route to Colorado, and Dan Brown’s “Inferno” audio-book I requested at the library didn’t arrive on time. So, we passed time by talking a lot (me) and stopping to eat… several times.  A grandma-style apple jam store? Why not.  A small-town restaurant that has a fried bologna sandwich on the menu? Yes, please. Especially when paired with lemon ale… Under the influence of the aforementioned ale, I schemed to steal a big sunflower from someone’s small farm along the highway, but hubby’s cool head prevailed.

9 or so hours later, we finally made it into Denver, and we had apparently picked a good weekend to be visiting, as the “Taste of Colorado” festival was happening right outside the doors of our downtown hotel!

There was a carnival…

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And fireworks to finish off our Friday night! (Seeing as we were not expecting the festivities, this photo was taken with a phone).

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The next day we ventured to a farmer’s market and then Confluence Park (fabulous idea to have a park built around a river in the middle of downtown).

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Colorful display at the Farmer's Market. Oh, and Coloradans love dogs!!

Colorful display at the Farmers’ Market. Oh, and Coloradans love dogs!!

Colorful retro things at the Kirkland Museum…

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Saturday night we had our delicious anniversary dinner at Rioja on Larimer Street, which was aglow with string lights.

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Sunday morning we drove to the Estes Park resort to spend a bit of time in the mountains.

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Lots of beautiful wild flowers everywhere…

At the resort, we chilled here…

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and here…

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and so did these guys…

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We also took the Aerial Tramway up to an observatory…

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and strolled with our lattes through downtown Estes Park shortly after a rain…

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Of course, there was lots of delicious food going on, with a decidedly international flair!

There was Indian…

Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken

And Thai…

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Tom Kha Gai with spring rolls

and Japanese.

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Salmon roll with a sherry glaze.

And that is our Colorado trip in a nutshell – definitely a fantastic weekend getaway. Now… is it too early to start planning the next trip?….

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