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I could caption this picture SO MANY things, but I'll keep it clean.

Friday we were on the "bright-and-early" Air Tran flight from Cleveland to Denver.  You're not going to believe me when I tell you our tickets were free.  Well, not FREE, we paid the taxes, but the actual ticket was free.  Wendy's offered a promotion and we took it!

As soon as we flew into Denver (which is a very nice, clean, well-organized airport) we went right downtown.  I regularly crave huevos rancheros so we stopped at the busy little diner just down from the mint.  YUM!  After breakfast we toured the U.S. Mint.  After the tour we walked down to the statehouse, around the block to a fire museum, and on to the rehearsal dinner that ended up in the hotel TGI Fridays for a few of us.

Red Rocks Park

Saturday, again, up bright and early.  My husband had never been to the Rockies before and I wanted to take him at least a little ways into the mountains.  Our first stop was a scenic point of interest where we read a bit about the formation of the land (which is cool if you're a geology dork like us).  Then on to Red Rocks Park.  All I can say is BREATHTAKING!  I would LOVE to see a concert there.

Red Rocks is cool, but just not quite "mountain" enough so on we went to Idaho Springs.  Here we went up into a working gold mine, which was  NEAT trip!  If you're out there, DO THIS!  After the tour through the mine and a short lesson on panning, we were climbing up the mountain and panning for gold.  After getting nothing but sludge (Well, okay, I found a TEENSY piece of silver) we decided we probably better not make a life out of this and went into town for pizza and fellowship at the local Elks club.  We got back just in time to get changed and to the wedding / reception.

Sunday we were back at the airport (which has a nice little restaurant that serves huevos - YUMMY!) and home.  I told you it was a whirlwind trip.  I'd like to go back out when we have more time.  Next time I think we'll go to Colorado Springs.

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I could caption this picture SO MA…
I could caption this picture SO M…
Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Park
Driving through the rocks
Driving through the rocks
As Jimmy Buffett said Im about a…
As Jimmy Buffett said "I'm about …
self-explainatory
self-explainatory
Denver Airport
Denver Airport
The U.S. Mint where they make coin…
The U.S. Mint where they make coi…
Im not sure how this picture got …
I'm not sure how this picture got…
Us
Us
The statehouse
The statehouse
Looking at the rocks we just read …
Looking at the rocks we just read…
Okay now, you REALLY dont see thi…
Okay now, you REALLY don't see th…
Even Denver has these yard pests, …
Even Denver has these yard pests,…
Red Rocks park is BEAUTIFUL!
Red Rocks park is BEAUTIFUL!
Red Rocks ampitheatre
Red Rocks ampitheatre
Quaking Aspen tree
Quaking Aspen tree
Well now, you dont see this in NW…
Well now, you don't see this in N…
The Rockies from a rental car wind…
The Rockies from a rental car win…
Sunset over the Rockies.
Sunset over the Rockies.
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Here's the real reason we came to…
You just cant take us anywhere.
You just can't take us anywhere.
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Trying to flip whip cream into my…
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