Saturday, October 19, 2014 – Day two in Denver was another long day. I’m not a morning person, but when on vacation, time zones don’t apply to me anymore. We were up and out by 8am to have breakfast at Snooze an AM Eatery. It’s the Denver thing to do. I can see why it’s popular. They have a wide variety of benedicts, their corned beef hash was nice and not greasy, and their Danish pancakes were so fluffy. We also grabbed some sandwiches to go for lunch later since we had a long drive ahead of us.
Our next stop was the Red Rocks Amphitheater. I love Colorado’s use of nature and the rocks. I also love how the whole venue is open to the public when there is no event going on, and the public makes good use of it by using it as a workout arena. I’ve never seen so many people exercising in one place before. (I don’t think a gym would be able to hold this many people.)
We took the scenic route heading north towards the Rocky Mountains. It was a peaceful, mountainous drive with a few small towns along the way. We took a pit stop at Nederland where we also grabbed coffee at New Moon Bakery and Cafe. Jonas: Do you have iced coffee? Barista: Well, yes. We have a few options. One is a dark roast with … oh, you said iced coffee? I thought you said nice coffee. Jonas: *smile* Yes, I would hope I’m not rude enough to request nice coffee from you as opposed to bad coffee. Anyway, everyone in Colorado has been so friendly! After a couple hours of driving, we finally reached the Rocky Mountains ($20 vehicle admission fee) and I was able to scarf down my sandwich from Snooze.
The Rocky Mountains was amazing! The views were beautiful. The scenery was surreal. The weather was great – chilly but not freezing. I loved that it wasn’t too crowded there – no traffic and more opportunities for solo shots! The end of Trail Ridge Road is also the highest drivable point in the United States at 12,000+ above sea level, meaning you don’t really have to do much hiking. (Do I look like I was dressed for a hike? I’m dressed for the camera.) Be careful when going up since the air is a lot thinner. I was fortunate to not have any problems. Anyway, check out all the shots I got!
After the mountains, we hung out around in the city of Boulder. We grabbed dinner at The Mediterranean Restaurant – happy hour tapas until 6:30pm and we just barely made it! We also got gelato at Fior di Latte – their mascarpone and fig gelato was what I went for. And we walked around Pearl Street Mall and watched some street performers before heading back to Denver. Overall, another eventful day full of good sights and eats.