Golden, Colorado: My brother had two
full days of touristing planned for us, but there is a Big Storm coming into the
Denver area over-night, so we packed it all in today - just in case.
The Magna Peregrinus, parked at Red Rocks Amphitheater
After a hearty breakfast, we took the motorhome, our
Honda and Steve's car to
Rocks Amphitheater, where we left the RV and
explored via car and on foot - with Kris and Delaney as
well - for several hours.
A beautiful natural amphitheater with legendary
acoustics, stone seats were added between 1936 and 1941
by the Civilian Conservation Corp, with help from the
National Park Service and the Works Progress
Administration. 90,000 square feet of flagstone,
quarried in Lyons, Colorado, were placed by a crew of
200 workers. They made $30 a month.
Now the amphitheater is home to concerts and plays of
all sorts - from opera to The Beatles.
James Taylor loved playing here
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Kris, Steve and Delaney at Red Rocks Amphitheater
After our visit to the amphitheater, Steve and Kris drove us a
few miles to Dinosaur Ridge,
where hundreds of dinosaur bones have been discovered.
Beautiful view from Dinosaur Ridge
Of particular interest are hundreds of dinosaur
footprints. The park has painted the footprints with
dark glow-in-the-dark paint and the print-laden rock is
illuminated at night to show the dino-claws glowing.
Ornithomimus & Iguanodon prints at Dinosaur Ridge
After all this walking (at 6000-ish elevation), we went
back to the RV. I set-up a make-it-your-own-self
sandwich bar and we sat outside on folding chairs,
enjoying our lunch and beautiful views.
After lunch, we drove the RV to our reserved campsite in
Golden, checked-in, and headed out to tour downtown Denver in
Steve's car - but mostly on foot.
Coors Field - Home of the Rockies
Union Station (under renovation)
Colorado State House - also under renovation - is built at one mile above
Denver City Hall
Brown Palace Hotel and
Closed off to traffic, 16th street is a fun shopping/dining destination
You would think all this walking and touring would have been
enough, but you don't know this family. Back to have a walk around Golden,
We had a walk around town, snapped photos of Clear Creek - coming and going
- and finally had a much-deserved brew at
Brewing. Nephew Michael joined us in Golden, and we all had dinner at a
My brother, Steve, daughter Delaney (19),
son Michael (26) and sister-in-law, Kris
A super-fun-filled adventure, but we were done for the day. My family
dropped us back to our RV. We will see them again tomorrow.
Assuming we aren't snowed-in.
Pedometer: 16,000 steps, over 7 miles...
and don't forget, Saturday is my day of rest. I'll try to rest tomorrow.
Until my next update, I remain, your mile-high correspondent.
Dakota Ridge RV Resort - near Golden. Pool, hot tub, putting green,
fitness center, playground, clubhouse, laundry, billiards, free wifi
(fast!), propane, shop. We have a long paved pull-through full-hookup site
with 50 amp. We paid $50. FYI: marijuana is not allowed in this RV park.
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