Saturday, May 5, 2012

Denver- Day 2

Today was all about adventure.  Ryan started his conference, so I set out on my own in an unknown land, to see what I could see.

I started out my day with a chocolate croissant and an espresso at a fancy little bistro called Crave-- that was an adventure in itself.  I am not a coffee drinker, but I always hear people ordering espresso, so I gave it a whirl.... I was not impressed, but I was hyper!

Fueled on coffee, I headed west, towards the mountains, to a place called Red Rock Amphitheater.  I hiked around the trails for about two hours and took a lot of pictures.

After that, I went to pay homage to a man who was the embodiment the adventure-- Buffalo Bill.  His grave in on the top of a cliff in Golden, Colorado.  It had spectacular panoramic views of the mountains, and it said that you can look upon three different states from the top.  I visited the grave site, the museum, the gift shop and the restuarant (where I had a delicious buffalo burger).

That evening, I joined Ryan and Cathy (the other pastor from our church attending the conference) and her daughter for dinner.  After that, Ryan and I attended a two hour worship service put on by the conference in this magnificent old Methodist church.

After the service we wandered around the downtown district for a while, taking in all the sites, and then headed back to the hotel.  We were both exhausted.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Denver-Day 1

Ryan and I had to get up at 3:30 am to get dropped off at the airport by my wonderful parents (who also had to get up at 3:30am) to catch our flight to Denver, CO.

Ryan is attending a church conference, and I just tags along for some much needed R&R.

His conference does not start until tomorrow so we got to spend the whole day exploring the city.  

We started our day at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refugee.  We wandered around for about 2 miles and saw prairie dogs, deer, geese, rabbits, and even a coyote.

It was so nice to just be able to walk around with Ryan and have stupid conversations and pose for silly pictures and not worry about anything.

After the wildlife refugee, our hotel room was ready.  We checked in and did what any normal person who had to get up at 3:30 am would do.... we took a long nap!!

Feeling rested and ready for adventure we set out again.  This time to the Great Divide Brewery.

We got to take a tour of the brewery, sample and few beers, and meet some interesting people.

After the brewery we headed downtown for some dinner and ended our night at a comedy club (sorry no pictures were allowed in there)

We are loving Colorado!!!