Hey, if this is Denver, where are the mountains?

Trip Start Sep 03, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Well, today dawned cloudy and gloomy.  We ate the free breakfast at the Golden Prairie Inn, and it was worth what it cost.  We hit the interstate for a short 3 hour trip to Denver, expecting mountains.  After all, it is Colorado, isn't it?  Surprise, surprise, the whole East half of Colorado is FLAT as a pancake. And it is high enough up that not a lot of trees grow there.  I wondered why I got so winded on my walk this morning, well even the east end of the state is high up.  Denver is a mile high, but it is not in the mountains, it is on a high, flat, pasture like the rest of the "Great Plains" on the east end of the state.

We looked at postcards in Denver and there are hundreds of them featuring Denver, and they all show mountains, not the prairie Denver is on.  Chamber of commerce ploy, methinks.

We got to the LaQuinta at 10:30 in the AM, and our room was not ready so they moved us into a suite.....sweet!  We left for downtown to look around and found it to be alive and bustling with activity. The guidebook told of an area on 17th avenue lined with restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops in a neighborhood of beautiful Victorian and Queen Anne houses.  We checked it out and it was really beautiful.  We made a note to come back later.  Then we went downtown, and found that one of the main streets had been turned into a "walking mall" of sorts. Sandy had done her homework on places to eat, and for lunch we chose Marlowe's because their write-up said they had buffalo burgers.  We split a buffalo burger.  As you know, Sandy is not an adventurous eater, but she ate her half (see picture), and found it to be dry and not very tasty.   It must be good for you!

We spent the afternoon looking at neighborhoods and doing our usual checking a local supermarket to see what they eat.  Mostly the same stuff as we do, and the prices are about the same.  Late afternoon, we went back to 17th Avenue for a drink, and cruised the district to find the busiest bar.  We went into JD's place and as I looked for a table on the patio, Sandy was noticing that the bar was all men, and 2 of them were kissing.  On the way out, one of the guys at a table on the patio said Burger Mary's across the street was nice, so we went there.  There were only a few people there, so we sat down and ordered a beer.  The host mentioned that they had a patio in the back, so Sandy checked it out on the way back from the ladies' room.  Guess what.  Muscular good looking men and ladies in comfortable shoes.   Sandy swears it was a gay bar too, but I think it was a corner bar in a gay neighborhood.  Leave it to us to find interesting places to visit.
Tomorrow is another long day, we drive to Mount Rushmore, and crash in Rapid City SD.
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