I got done with the D/R yesterday (Saturday) afternoon and went to the hotel to crash... I took a nap, got up and had dinner (I was too tired still to go somewhere fancy and settled for a Subway sub), then went to bed for the night. I got up at 7:00MST on Sunday -- a good 9 hour solid sleep (which I needed!)
Now I'm wide awake, back on a "human schedule" and listless as to where to go, and what to do first! I'm still on "standby" for work until 17:00 today, but I think all is well now...
Today, once I'm all packed up, I'm going to get a famous Glacier Homemade Ice Cream, which is just around the corner from where I'm staying! I wish Dave was here, he would LOVE this place -- look at the over 300 flavours of ice cream, sorbet, gelato, & low fat yogurt they have in stock!! -- Then it's drive through the mountains on the "Peak to Peak Highway" (see the map below) passing through Gold Hill, and several other mining ghost towns, ending in Golden, CO!
* Start in Boulder by driving west on Highway 119 (Canyon Boulevard).
* Turn north on Four Mile Canyon Road a short distance from town.
* Drive up the part paved, part graded dirt road to the historic mining town of Gold Hill.
* Drive west to the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.
* Drive south to Nederland.
* Drive east down Boulder Canyon (Highway 119) to return to Boulder.
Along the way to you’ll follow the route of the Switzerland Trail railroad; you’ll pass several old mining camps, such as Orodell, Crisman, Salina, and Summerville; you’ll see the oldest public school in continuous use in Boulder County (in Gold Hill); you’ll pass by the site of the largest (at the time) tungsten mill in the world; you can relax with some retail therapy in Nederland; and on the way back to Boulder, stop for a short walk to Boulder Falls.
Depending on the time, I might head over to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and Dinosaur Ridge is located in close proximity to Red Rocks Park and contains actual dinosaur footprints! (Special thanks to Bob F. for his advice of where to go, and what to do today!)
At 16:00, I'm meeting up with The Rocky Mountaneers, M.C. at the Denver Wrangler for their Sunday Beer Bust! Afterwards, dinner at Arada Ethiopian Restaurant (thanks to Kumar V. for his reccomendation on this place!) and then a spend the night at Denver Swim Club!
Tomorrow, I'm thinking of taking a tour the United States Mint at Denver, which is one of only two full-service mints in the nation. Producing between 14 and 20 billion coins each year, the Denver Mint is the largest producer of coins in the world. Then perhaps off to tour the Coors Golden Brewery to see Coors unique process of making beer from malting and brewing to packaging, and get some complimentary beer samples!! :-)
Who knows what other trouble I can get into before I depart... ;-)