We left on Saturday, May 23rd & headed to Omaha for the evening. I'd planned to meet up w/ Joy & her family & my Omaha parents, but the timing just didn't work out on that leg of the journey. D'oh! We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express & when we arrived to check in, it was to discover - I'd apparently already checked in?! *confused laugh* Yeah, so, apparently they checked in some lady named Michele, and under my reservation. No one double checked the name & address on the paper this Michele signed, apparently... LOL We finally got that straightened out - the front desk lady was really friendly & nice! - & headed up to our room. Very nice accommodations & I can recommend this hotel! : )
We were quite famished & while I would normally go for Runza while in Omaha, at the time I thought I would be meeting Carol or Joy or both there the next day before we headed out. So Kris & I decided to give VooDoo Tacos a try, as we'd both heard of them but hadn't eaten there.
Crazy atmosphere, and really good food!! : ) My taco was a little too spicy for my liking, but still yummy! And they have ALLIGATOR on the menu?! Wow! (I didn't go w/ alligator this go-around, but wouldn't be opposed to trying it if we ever go again!)
Sunday, we tried to get in touch w/ Carol before we left, but that didn't work out, so we grabbed some coffee & began the 8 or so hour trek across Nebraska and into Colorado. It was a pretty easy drive - lots of stops & we stuck to pretty healthy snacks. I love stopping at truck stops because they usually have hot food and fresh fruit choices, rather than just the same chips & candy for travelers. We got some apple slices & grapes & strawberries & popcorn & of course more coffee. ; )
Colorado is in Mountain Time, which is an hour behind the midwest, so that took some getting used to. Not as much as it will take when we go back & LOSE that hour... *groan* *laugh*
I love the mountains. I love seeing the foothills & Pike's Peak & just being NEAR them. I felt this same way in Alaska & while traveling east. There's just something about mountains & the ocean that makes this midwest girl's heart go pitter pat! *grin*
Our hotel home-away-from-home for the week was a Drury Inn & Suites. This hotel is the BOMB! So amazing - the room is so spacious & comfy, there are shower gel & shampoo & conditioner dispensers in the shower, and we are treated to breakfast AND dinner (plus free adult beverages during dinner) AND free popcorn & soda in the lobby until 10 at night. AMAZING! :D The staff are all super friendly & I've enjoyed talking to them each time we're coming or going.
We had some great food & I tried a local beer from CB & Potts for dinner Sunday night. I'm not a big drinker, so I ended up only being able to drink half the glass, but it was good! : )
Monday we grabbed coffee (we grabbed coffee every morning, really, either from Starbucks or Caribou - sadly, we didn't make it to any of the local coffee shops, except one, because the chains were in such convenient locations while we were on the go.) & headed out & about. Denver ComicCon was happening downtown, so there were some neat things to see! We went to Red Rocks for a bit, but discovered that Kris's batteries were dead in her camera & also it was PACKED because everyone had Memorial Day off! So we just went up one path & then decided to tour Golden & try Red Rocks on Tuesday. : )
I loved seeing everyone dressed up! Reminded me of DragonCon in Atlanta...
Golden is a lovely little town w/ lots of restaurants & shops. We went to the Windy something Cafe for lunch & I picked up a couple souvenirs for peeps at a little shop. One thing I absolutely LOVE about this state is that everywhere you go there are dogs & the towns set out bowls of water for them so they can have a drink wherever. LOVE IT!! :D
The weather was very cooperative!
It was sunny & nice until about 2 or 3 every day, then the sky would look all ominous, but usually the rain wasn't heavy & held off til we were inside. ; )
We also went to Kris's friend, Monica's, for a cookout Monday night. Monica's husband, Sam, is a very talented artist!! Actually, the whole family are talented artists. I wish now I'd taken some pictures of their work - it was fantastic!! We had fun visiting for an hour or so & then headed back to the hotel to veg out. We watched Despicable Me & I read The Deal by Elle Kennedy & it was a GREAT story!! : ) And then I started While We Waited by Tammy Falkner - I absolutely ADORE her books!! Super sweet stories!
Tuesday, we headed back to Red Rocks after making sure to get new batteries for the camera! That place is so amazing - it's at a higher elevation than in town, so ppl use the stairs to get workouts in. There were ppl running laps & doing yoga & all sorts of stuff!! All while there was a crew preparing the stage for an upcoming concert!
This guy's arms were just so impressive, I had to take a pic! : )
John Tesh was the reason I first heard of Red Rocks.
What a neat idea! Thumbs up, Red Rocks!
There's also a nice little museum showcasing the history of the amphitheater & all of the acts who have performed there throughout the years. I noticed one of my favorites, Walk The Moon, will be there in August... think I can convince Mom we need to come out here then?? *grin*
We drove out to Loveland & visited a really nice, really BIG Harley shop. I wanted to get poker chips & maybe a shirt. I actually found one I really like! : ) And the ppl were super nice & there may have also been cute boys. *grin*
There were a few bunnies hanging out around the hotel.
They were very friendly & got really close!
I wanted to pet them - but I refrained... LOL
We just sort of drove around for a bit, looking at the views & taking things in, stopping here & there. Very relaxing & nice!
I finished While We waited & started Tempting Tatum by Kaylee Ryan & I highly enjoyed that one, as well! So sweet & a fun read!! : )
(Here are some lovely pictures of more things!)
Chatted w/ one of the maintenance guys about his new ride.
AWESOMESAUCE! : )
Isn't this a cute lil tree?
I wanted to take it home... *grin*
One of Phil's birthday shot glasses.
Red Solo Cup, I fill you up... *laugh*