October 15, 2008: As per developing habit I began the day at Starbucks, less for the coffee, more for the internet.
Leaving breakfast, I got on I70 West to head toward Red Rocks Amphitheater and a quick one-mile hike around the area. The theater was closed off to the public today, so I only got an outside sense of what seeing an actual concert would feel like. I was flicking my bic, if only in my mind. Maybe one day.
I’m also learning how to operate my camera’s self-timer and a new portable tripod. Watch out.
Leaving Red Rocks I continued on I70 West toward Golden Gate Canyon State Park for more hiking. On the highway I was blown away by my first real unobstructed view of the mountains. Probably not the best idea to drive-n-shoot, but the scene wouldn’t capture itself. The Aspens appeared on their way out of peak color, but I managed to catch a couple golden moments nontheless. Ba dump bump.
New revelations = altitude can be a factor; rattlesnakes are a definite factor
Hike complete, back into the car I go to drive up to Boulder for a late lunch at a bad Mexcian joint, Juanitas. Home to the University of Colorado, Boulder seems to have all the appropriate aspects of a cool college town (bad Mexican joints, etc). Go Buffs! This makes me chuckle.
Observations of Colorado:
1) If you don’t bike, you are no one
2) They card at every bar
3) Folks don’t generally appear as cold as I am
4) Reading a map = sudden hankering for beer (Golden… Keystone…)