Here's what WE did in case YOU ever want to copy us.
First: find a concert you want to attend at Red Rocks. In our case it was Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Next, have Trish do all the planning.
Then, show up - she'll pick you up at the airport!
We stayed in Lakewood, CO at a Homewood Suites. It was perfectly situated for everything we wanted to do. Breakfast was included. It was pretty good except for the morning they ran out of butter. If they ran out of coffee it might have turned tragic. And the hot tub was broken which was actually really sad.
It also helps if other people have been to where you're going and have ideas. Check out whatever they suggest.
We started out FRIDAY morning at the Garden of the Gods National Park in Colorado Springs. It was magnificent. The photo above is from the "Signature Rock." It has many signatures, but of course the yin yang is what caught my attention.
Denver at night is VERY different from Denver during the day. There is a significant homeless population. There seems to be a lot of young men - probably under 30, many in tie-dyed shirts, cargo shorts, no shoes and dreads. We saw one woman - she was with a guy.
We found Jane's Mother Ship on our walk. Purple Power in Denver.
The Brown Palace is the oldest hotel in Denver. It is quite glorious. Gorgeous, one of a kind decor. The main lobby reminded me of The Plaza's tea room. I wasn't surprised when I saw they served high tea.
Beginning with Teddy Roosevelt in 1905, every President has stayed at the hotel with the exception of Calvin Coolidge. When The Beatles stayed there in 1964, they set up the main lobby as triage for all the girls who were fainting! One enterprising person from housekeeping cut up the bed linens into 6" x 6" squares and sold them. OH (!) if only eBay was around then!
The Ship Tavern gets an A for atmosphere. They had a wonderful group of talented entertainers singing, of all things, SHOW TUNES with an accompanist on the piano. The food gets a C - it was only EH. The price is stupid. I will give that a D. BUT, we can say we came, we saw, we ate.
On SATURDAY we headed to Boulder. I. Fell. In. Love. What a magnificent city. I experienced a little bit of everyone I love in Boulder.
I called Bella from the car and told her to check out UC Boulder immediately.
I saw Peter there.
We spent a good bit of time chatting it up with Hazel, the manager - who recognized my Intentions Bracelet the second I walked in the door. I bought a hand carved, beautiful, serene Buddha.
When we left we put away our purchases in the car and I stopped dead in the street when I saw The Hobbit poster. It brought back special memories of days gone by.
I sent my mama the picture of the Wild Woman with a note that I was thinking of her.
The Voodoo Hair Lounge was just exactly the right thing to send to a friend of mine.
We ate at the Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill because it had a marvelous rooftop restaurant. The food was delicious. Wes, our server, was an adorable young man who moved to Colorado from Germany a year ago. He was military raised so it was interesting that he had no accent.
On SUNDAY, we headed back into Denver to see it during the day. We hooked up with Rick - originally from Queens - for a Pedi-Tour. Rick took us about in his pedicab and he took the pictures. We absolutely saw things we would NEVER have seen and/or found otherwise.
[All photo credit in Denver goes to Rick Kanner.]
After a quick shower we headed to Red Rocks Amphitheater to see the concert that started this whole adventure, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls!
EVERYONE should see a concert in this location at least once in your life. Bring something to sit on and prepare to tailgate. Two things we did not do. But we now know better!
When the Indigo Girls came on stage the audience became electrified. I would guess it was at least a 60% gay audience - and lots and lots of hetero women with their friends. When they sang "Galileo" the place went nuts. They closed with Jeannie's favorite (not) song, "Closer To Fine" - everyone was on their feet singing along. It. Was. Awesome.
We created a playlist for the trip back to the hotel - getting out of Red Rocks takes a long time so we heard lots of excellent songs.
We left the hotel by 5:00 in the morning on Tuesday and began the reentry to "real life."
The pictures remind me just how phenomenal a time I had.
A good friend. A suite. A bottle of red, a bottle of white. Good books. Cold bedroom agreement. Easy going personalities.
THIS is what makes a great trip. Start planning yours.
Music - come ON! Galileo, of course.
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
King of night vision, King of insight