Going back to Denver to get Janis

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Oct 01, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The morning of the 17th, we woke up and headed for the outlet mall in Loveland. I never thought the store I would be most excited about would be the Coleman Camping store! And everything was 50% the outlet prices. I bought a Camelbak bag for $15 and a lamp for $5! I was very happy with my purchases, but pretty disappointed with the mall on the whole. It was really dead. Many of the shops were gone. Seeing a place like this makes me realize that there are people are really hurting during this economic downturn we are experiencing. I mean you can read about it in the newspapers and watch it on television, but it isn't until you actually see a place like this that it sets in. On a happier note, Katrin, found a store she liked very much. She bought some clothing for herself along with some gifts to bring home. After eating a little snack from the back of the Blazer (French bread, grapes, trail mix), we headed towards Denver. Having some time to spare before picking Janis up from the airport we parked in downtown Denver and walked in the state capital, a spectacular building built with Colorado’s natural resources. Its walls are 5 ft. thick and it’s dome is covered with 200 ounces of 24 karot gold. We were able to join the last 15 minutes of the guided tour to hear about some of the buildings history before taking off. Janis’s flight arrived a few minutes early and we arrived a few minutes late to pick him up. It was good to have him back! We decided to head back to Denver so Janis too could have a look. We thought it might be interesting to look at the nation’s second largest mint. Unfortunately, the tours had ended for the dy when we got there, but we decided to make the most out of our trip and walk around anyway. Much of downtown Denver can be seen on foot. Denver is a really nice city. I was surprised to find some the most interesting architecture in Denver. The art museum in Denver, for instance, was designed by the artist who is currently working on the World Trade Center memorial. We also had the opportunity to sit in an Irish pub on the 16th St. Mall to enjoy a Coors beer which is brewed only miles away from downtown Denver. After a short walk further down the street, we were on the road once again; this time toward South Dakota. We  made it to Lusk, Wyoming and called it a night. It had been nearly 3 days since Niko, Katrin, and I last had a shower so a motel was a must this stop.  We ended up staying at the Trail Motel, which wasn’t fancy in the least, but it fit our needs. 
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