I went to Denver this weekend!
My first trip back since moving last July and it was nothing short of a-ma-zing.
I still love it. All of it. Even the ugly, boring road near the airport. Love!
Even though I've come to adore parts of California and now call it my home – Denver will always be in my heart.
It was a short visit, but we packed A TON (mostly food and beverage) (and a half marathon) into the few days.
I won't bore you with my travel flop that happened on the way there. My greed took the best of me, then my bleeding heart pushed me over the edge. Let's just say I got $700 in travel vouchers and gained some good German karma points to help my life.
Here are some photos that can tell a better story than I can...
|Airport Dinner Salad|
|Airport Breakfast Salad - yep - 2 meals in the airport. Fun.|
|Finally! The Rocky Mountains!|
|Bloody Marys and Beignets at Lucile's. We drove straight there.|
|It was hot there and this guy may or may not be naked in his car.|
|Then we headed up to Estes for Jaye's first Half Marathon!|
|Not going to be an ugly run.|
|Pre-race beer at the Tiki Bar .We also split an amazing elk jalapeno sausage at this place.|
|Bright and early - ready to go! Go Team!|
|Like I said - not ugly.|
|There were only about 500 runners total. 300 halfers and 200 fullers.|
Crazy small compared to RNR San Deigo 2 weeks ago
|Almost ready to start!|
|Go Jaye Go!|
|The Stanley Hotel around mile 11|
|She did it!|
|And now the fun begins.|
We ate and drank our way to and through Denver and this was the first stop.
|We got tart cherry juice and jerky!|
Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colorado.
Delightful post-race beer, fried pickles and hot wings.
Falling Rock Tap House for a few more beverages.
|Euclid Hall's homemade sausage sampler, homemade pickles, and braised cabbage (salad? for my salad a day challenge)|
Stueben's for Moscow Mules!
(Vodka, Ginger Beer, and Lime in a cold copper cup)
|Beautiful Bree and Jaye by my side!|
|Let's add some gravy fries to those drinks please!|
|And the 6th stop.|
Churros with Rum and Coke Ice Cream and Chocolate Dipping Sauce .
Ice Cream Sandwich with Rock Sugar Waffles, 3 Cherry Compote, Amaretto, Almonds, and Vanilla Ice Cream.
|Cake and Shake. And Bree's hand trying to hold the cake up for the photo :)|
|The bottle Jaye bought in California to open when she finished!|
|And with our wine...|
The great news though - I've got those airline vouchers that can get me back there soon!
I'll cheers to that!