Friday, October 8, 2010

Boulder Trippin': Everything Else

In addition to the beer, the food, and the game itself, we also did a lot of driving and sight seeing in Colorado. Here are some of the sights we saw during our five day trip in the Rockies.
When you first leave the Denver airport, you are greeted by a huge, blue horse. The statue, known locally as Diablo, looks completely satanic, complete with red eyes that glow at night. The artist who created the horse was actually killed before it was complete when a piece of it fell on him. Check out more on the horse here.

It's killed before ... and it will kill again!

Our next stop on Wednesday was Coors field, where the Colorado Rockies were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in their final home game of the season. Coors field is an awesome ball park. They even have a row of seats in the upper deck, colored in purple, where you can sit at exactly one mile above sea level. Matt Kemp hit a grand slam for the Dodgers and they held off a late Rockies rally for the victory.

Entering Coors Field, you pass the Blue Moon Pub. I never knw Coors owned Blue Moon

I wish I could pitch for the Rockies.

Beautiful Coors Field

On Thursday, we left Boulder and headed up the road to Rocky Mountain National Park. We stopped in the small town of Estes Park. It is kind of like the Colorado version of Helen, except without the German influence. Estes Park is also home the Stanley Hotel. The Stanley was the inspiration for Stephen King's novel, "The Shining". The old hotel was also used as the setting for the 1997 made for television remake of The Shining (since Stanley Kubrick did not want to shoot the original movie there.) After that, we made our way up to the park and saw some amazing views of the mountains and the valleys below.

The Stanley Hotel. REDRUM!!!

The Rocky Mountain Tundra

You don't get these type of views in Atlanta

The Continental Divide

After spending a few days in Boulder, we set out towards Pike's Peak on Sunday for the final leg of our trip. Along the way, we passed Invesco Field (home of the Denver Broncos) and Falcon Field (home of the Air Force Falcons). We stopped at the famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre and saw some beautiful rock formations at the Garden of the Gods. We then took a train (which takes almost an hour and a half each way) to the top of Pike's Peak. The weather was sunny and in the 70's at the bottom, but snowing and cloudy once we reached the top at over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Knowshon's House

Falcon Field ar Air Force

What an amazing place to watch a concert

The Garden of the Gods

At the top of Pike's Peak. It was freezing!

Overall, it was an amazing trip. We saw some beautiful scenery, unlike any I have ever seen in my entire life. Maybe I'll go back one day to ski the slopes.

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