I spent Thanksgiving in Denver with my sis and parents. Twas a pretty big deal because she moved out there to set up camp this summer and this was my first time visiting. It's cool to see how she is picking and choosing what her life is going to be in a totally new town. On Thanksgiving, we hit the climbing gym before putting the bird in the oven, which was an energizing and uplifting way to spend the morning (knowing that the tryptophan coma was on the horizon).
We romped around Red Rocks, enjoyed the sun, sky and watching other people run the stairs of the ampitheater.
|Christmas Card Spoiler Alert|
|Finally taller than Clare!|
|Sticks n' stuff|
After Red Rocks, we headed to Golden, Co. and attempted to go on a tour of the Coors factory. Brewery and Factory tours are an Anderson Family traditional way of breaking up long car rides. A few of the most memorable ones (in chronological order):
- Leinenkugel en route to Minnesota to visit grandparents
- Herr's Potato Chips on the way to visit grandma Florence in Delaware (generous with the samples!)
- Pretzel Factory in Lancaster, PA after outlet shopping
- Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes region of NY while on College Visits
- Magic Hat and/or Long Trail on the way to Craftsbury aka Family Rowing Camp
- Yuengling on/out of the way to 'Cuse
- Black Ankle Vineyard post outlet shopping in Hagerstown, MD (tastings not free)
*It is important to note that Clare and I were mere spectators and students at Breweries and Vineyards until we were 21, so the thrill of being able to participate on the free tasting portion of the tour has not yet worn off.
Ridiculously enough, the Coors factory was closed the day after Thanksgiving. What the ?! Closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday and Christmas. Bullshit if you ask me. Instead, we headed to the Wynkoop Brewery, which was more of a tap room than brewery, but did the trick.
|Clare and Ma|
|Great sign and tin ceiling. Western Slope Cider and|
Railyard Ale both really good.
After my 4 day tour, I think Denver rules. It's a city, but super close to BIG nature. It is littered with funky little spots and a cool people. Really glad Clare found a home sweet home.