our final day of the trip was a busy one. we had to check out of the hotel by noon, but our flight wasn’t until midnight, so we had twelve hours to kill with no coming back to the hotel to rest, or nap or take a break.
so we headed to boulder, about a 45 minute drive north of denver. boulder is a college town, and an old hippie town. we drove through the city, saw the university of colorado and walked through the center of town where we went into bookstores and various shops and grabbed lunch. i had a delicious falafel wrap, something i can’t really get here in florida. not in sarasota, anyway. after lunch, we chose a random path that we hoped led up a mountain, and we were in luck. i think it was boulder mountain. there was a rushing river on the side of the road, so we got out to check it out. people were tubing, and swimming, but it was freezing.
we headed back towards denver, through golden. a small town that houses the coors brewery. we took our time driving up into higher elevation areas, and checking out the real estate where you could overlook the entire downtown denver area. it was impressive. we took a small hike on sugar mountain, just to stretch out legs. i was wearing sandals so the actual hiking didn’t last too long. the weather was great, though. sunny, but not humid, and not in a way that you were miserable and hot. just a nice sunny summer day.
we grabbed some dinner at a pizza/burger joint in belmar, in lakewood. it was a music themed restaurant, with rock paraphernalia, lyric fabric on the seats, cocktails named after the greatest years of rock n roll. it was a fun place to stop. after this we still had at least 5 hours to kill, so we walked around the shops and decided to head to the airport a little early so we could relax before the flight.
all in all, it was an amazing trip out west.