Saturday, June 22, 2013

Denver In A Glance


After the stop in Chicago to visit Kevin's grandmother, losing a disc in a lake with dead fish, and resting a night in Omaha with a room were the bathroom door could not close: Kevin and I arrived in Denver.  More specifically, Golden Colorado where we enjoyed a delicious pizza buffet outdoors with the sun fading behind the hills.  Do pray for Bob and his family who we met at the West Lake disc golf course and Terry who we met in a mall in Des Moines.

Sunday for church Kevin and I decided to go to a theme park filled with Corvettes, well more specifically Red Rocks church.  Ate lunch, hiked Mount Galbraith, and finished the day off with dinner.

Monday after I finished work we met up with Kevin's cousin and played an amazing round of disc golf.  Beaver Ranch/Conifer Park plays among the mountains with expansive views and we only encountered one 5-minute hail storm before the weather cleared up again.  To give an idea of the difficulty level, I ended with a +8 on the course with the majority of my drives well placed and my putts in the basket.  The timing was great because unfortunately the road to the course is temporarily closed due to another wildfire at the moment.



Tuesday I took the day off work to hike Mount Evans/Chicago Lakes with Kevin.  We started at Echo Lake Park and followed the trail all the way to the two Chicago Lakes.  The mile immediately after the lakes is like a wall (my guess is around a 60-70% grade incline) and after a cold, windy, and low oxygen altitude climb we arrived at Summit Lake.  A storm was brewing and the final section to the peak is fairly exposed leaving the decision to hitchhike back down a wise decision.  Daniel, Eddy, and Annika were gracious enough to give us a lift in the back of their SUV.  Many thanks as this saved us 9 miles of walking down the road!

That evening we spent walking downtown Denver.  Kevin purchased some Bacon Soda.  And for dinner we met up with Ryan at Mellow Mushroom for some more delicious pizza.  I should also mention that the new light rail W line was very a convenient way to access downtown.

Well, Wednesday our time ended in Denver and we headed down to Colorado Springs where I will be renting a room and using it as a base for the next part of the adventure.  So stay tuned, more to come - like pictures of the Mount Evans hike!

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