Aug 14, 2016

Colorado

It was only a very specific set of circumstances that took me to Colorado: I didn’t think I’d ever visit, let alone on my first trip to the US. The circumstances proved serendipitous, though, because I fell in love with Denver and the surrounding area. I loved the wide open skies and tones of red, yellow and orange; the striking mountain vistas; the wildlife; the inexhaustible Denver Art Museum; and even the unpredictable and dramatic weather. On my first night in Denver I stood in the backyard of the house where I was staying with friends and we watched a lightning storm in the distance: the clouds were far away enough that we couldn’t even hear the thunder, but we watched the lightning light up the clouds from behind for ages. I also loved the quick, intense late afternoon summer storms I witnessed every day I was there, and the beautiful light that followed them. Hopefully I’ll be able to go back one day, and catch up with the blogging friends I managed to miss this time around.

A few photos:

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Morrison.


The Red Rocks Amphitheatre.


...and the Red Rocks Park.
















Nutella stuffed French toast, which was as amazing as it sounds.


Neon installation outside the incredible Denver Art Museum.








View of central Denver from the museum.




The Colorado State Capitol Building.


...and the Denver County Court on the other side of the Civic Park.


Inside the Capitol.






View of Denver after one of those summer storms. ♥

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, where we were hoping to see bison. We got there pretty early, but it was a scorching day and they were being sensible and presumably hiding in the shade. So the closest I got was the dead one in the Visitor Centre, which isn’t quite the same. One more reason to go back.


However! I did get to see prairie dogs!


Denver from the park. ♥

Next up: Virginia and a DC detour, after which I’ll hopefully get around to talking about books again.

22 comments:

  1. Fabulous pictures!! I am glad you had a great trip. :)

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    1. Thank you! I wish you could have been with us at Debi's!

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  2. Your photos are so wonderful! You have such a great artistic eye. :)

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    1. Aww, that's kind of you to say, though to me a lot of these turned out very clumsy :P

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  3. Yes, the weather here is fantastic! Usually. :) Did you go to the Tattered Cover?

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    1. No! I didn't know about it D: I just looked for images and it looks so pretty, too!

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  4. Yay for photos! Glad you had fun! And that nutella thingy made me drool :P

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    1. It was so good! I wish we had breakfast places here whose menus are pages and pages long :P

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  5. Hilariously, I have seen bison in Louisiana. There's this place elementary schools in south Louisiana take kids on field trips, called Global Wildlife, where there are loads of grazing-type animals on massive big fields, and you drive around in big open carts and feed them corn. I have fed corn to bisons. Visit me! :p

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    1. I waaaaaant to! That sounds amazing! Seriously though, Louisiana is next on my list of places to visit in the US, partially because I've always wanted to go to New Orleans and partially because of you and Chris. The other thing I really want to do is a bookshop tour of the West Coast (Last Bookshop > City Lights > Powell's), visiting places and people along the way. It would be awesome if I managed to combine all of this into one trip. It won't happen for two or three years if it does, but hopefully one day!

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  6. I am happy to see you discovering my country in so many grand locations. Right now I am reading A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury, a political bestseller from 1962, in which the United States is being brought to face its racial discrimination by certain elements in the United Nations. At every turn there is stress and especially between the US and Great Britain over these issues. Plenty of those stresses are still with us so it is, I don't know the word, I guess just a good thing that someone as perceptive as you are here visiting and observing and getting to know something about us. These posts are an excellent travelogue and I am enjoying them!

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    1. Thank you - it's kind of you to say that. I really had a lovely experience in America and feel that I saw the best of your country. Obviously all of that was profoundly shaped by the fact that I was travelling as a white European woman, but still, it gave me hope to encounter kindness and community and see the best in people even when injustices are happening every day. (Also, I was there while the Republican convention was happening and it was so strange to see it on TV everywhere.)

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  7. Oh man, I went to Colorado when I was ten and now I really, really want to go back. You take the most gorgeous photos.

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    1. Aw, thank you - it helps when places are that beautiful! I was there a month ago and I want to go back already :P

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  8. Colorado is a beautiful state with so much to do and see. Glad you had such a wonderful time visiting a corner of it.

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    1. I really did! I only wish I'd had more time.

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  9. Such beautiful pictures. I really want to see more of Colorado.

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  10. My husband lived in Colorado when we met so I've been out there a few times and the summer afternoon rain showers were definitely my favorite thing!

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  11. I love Colorado! I'm glad you got to go to so many places! Lovely photos. :)

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  12. I was in Denver last year and really enjoyed the Denver Art Museum. I had limited time so I confined myself to the Western Art section and the American Indian art and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Just such a portal into place and history and texture. I'll be returning to Colorado this week for a family reunion (my Dad grew up in Denver and his sister still lives in the greater Denver area) and I'm looking forward to those wide open spaces!

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  13. There is nothing like the sky in Colorado. I used to love even going to my dentist about an hour north of the city, because the drive was so pretty. (Also my dentist was amazing and the receptionist kept a little microwave oven full of cookies to give you as you left. NICE PEOPLE, THESE COLORADOANS.)

    And next time you go back, please do go to the Tattered Cover—the most beautiful location is built out of an old theater and right across from both a great record store AND their fanciest theater.

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