Saturday, August 8, 2015

Denver Activities

The kids have been busy, seeing more of Denver than I ever thought we would.  It is a great city - green, lots of parks, friendly people, interesting neighborhoods, lots of architectural diversity.  Our one complaint (other than the circumstances that brought us here):  strict leash laws ('cause sometimes a puppy just needs to dance).  One thing that makes me especially happy:  bags at the grocery stores (such a petty thing, but a relief to have one less thing to think about).

The kids have been swimming, rip sticking (of course), and walking.  We got reciprocal privileges at the science museum because of our Tech museum membership, which is awesome: we saw a bunch of exhibits and can go back for more for free.  We spent one afternoon at a jump place and it had a bucking bull ride, so we could satisfy Charles' insistence that the girls ride horses or go to a rodeo.  We went to the Black American Museum of the West, but it is only open twice a week and looked tiny, so we went to the Doll and Miniatures Museum, which was interesting.  The kids did a candy factory tour (free!), got to see Uncle Mike and Aunt Terry's house (complete with awesome pinball machine), found Uncle Paul's hidden room, and explored a bit of Manitou Springs, which is now a favorite place.  They also got to see the zoo and the aquarium, both of which are great.  And they've bowled and played mini golf.

Ready to leave (fingers crossed!) Just in case it takes a few more days, we still have things on our lists to keep us occupied.

Really cool crystal reproduction of a cave in Mexico.  G is really into geology and rocks, so the exhibit here was right up her alley.

In front of The Keg (I suggested that sign when I worked there :-)
At one of Manitou's natural springs


Hidden firepole into Uncle Paul's secret room!


Riding a bucking broco!


With all of their grandparents at the doll, toy and miniatures museum
Bowling fun
For the record, K beat Grandma; quite a feat if you know Ernestine's bowling reputation
At the "Cripple Creek Mine" at this Colorado-themed mini golf course

Random insect photo: saw these gorgeous beetles demolishing a bush on a morning walk and couldn't resist a photo.

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