Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Denver Union Station

Lynn and Jamie met up with Uncle Craig today at the Denver Union Station for lunch at Stoic & Genuine. The latter is quite the "fishy" place, and the food was great. They've got a unique way of pricing and building your meal. You pick one of the 15 or so "proteins" and then link it to the style you want. We went with tuna and king crab today, and we all did the avocado toast style. You've also got to try their granitas, basically shaved-ice cocktails. The gin-tarragon-cucumber version was great. It's a fun area to walk around. Be aware, parking is difficult and expensive. We should have done valet parking right in front and gotten validated at the restaurant, $12. As it was, $30. Live and learn.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Les Miserables

The four adults and two bigs headed off to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Buell Theatre) for a performance of Les Miserables by the national touring company. As you might imagine, it was fantastic! Lots of very cool theatre magic, not to mention fabulous performances across the board. Bravo! We started the evening downtown at Sam's No. 3, a very fun diner about a block from the theater with a very big menu. If you can't find something to enjoy there, it's your problem. We didn't happen to get any good pics of the place, but fortunately they have plenty of photos on their website. This was a "Happy Birthday, Matt" outing.

Strolling downtown.

Be Excellent to One Another

Philippians 1:9-10

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Gabby Took Such Great Care of Us

Today was Gabby's last day at work here at the pool. We're gonna miss her. The kids are gonna miss here. AJ is really gonna miss her. Sorry, kiddo, she's already got a beau. She's off to her junior year at college. And we wish her the very best!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Beauty from Ashes

Fina's second intensive at Colorado Ballet Society this summer was this past week: Worship Dance Workshop - Beauty from Ashes. And like last time, the week concluded with a recital Friday evening. All the photos are here.

Bison Overlook(ed)

On the way home from Breckenridge, we stopped at the "Buffalo" Overlook along I-70 just west of Denver (exit 254 and 253). Apparently, someone overlooked putting the "buffalo" out there; we saw none. Found some smaller critters to photograph, but no "buffalo." "Buffalo" is in quotes because these (if/when present) are not buffalo. They are bison. An explanation. Bison by any other name, however, would have been just as absent. All the (sans bison) photos are here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

McCullough Gulch, Colorado Southern, Washington Gold Mine

The entire gang headed to McCullough Gulch Trailhead first thing in the morning. We were correctly warned that parking there got highly impacted as the day goes on, so it was good we got there by 8:30am. We stumbled onto a trail bridge construction project being done by Air Force Academy students. On a 2-year cycle, the Junior class designs and then as the Senior class constructs a project somewhere. And this was construction year for this project. Guess what factor drove the design for the carrying weight of the bridge? Snow! At about 148 pounds per square inch. It's width was designed for emergency UTVs. We all made it to the first shack along the trail, but at that point Rob, Lynn, and Jamie turned around. They'll see Eric's and Alex's pictures later for the rest of that hike. On the way back, the former three stopped at the High Line Railroad Park in Breck, got a little rest at home, visited the Washington Gold and Silver Mine, and finally stopped at a vista point on the way home for the last time. All the photos are here.