Saturday, July 23, 2016

Random Comments of the Day

Denver International Airport really puts LaGuardia to shame.  I think I was agree with VP Biden who said LGA is like a third world airport.  Renovations have started on LGA, but it will likely take years to be finished.

The weather in Denver was hot as it hit about 93 degrees every day, but the humidity was low.  When we returned to NYC it was very hot and humid.  I prefer that to a cold and snowy winter.

One convention down and one to go.  I think my TV will be tuned to the Mets or Yankees this next week. The conventions are nothing but rhetoric.  I think this will be a very bitter presidential campaign.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday - Visits to the Aquarium and One More Museum to Conclude the Trip

Over the years I have visited aquariums in:

  • Coney Island
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Long Beach, California
The one in Denver was slightly different since a few land animals were featured (tiger and parrot).  I don't see the point in doing that.

In the afternoon we headed to the Colorado Historical Museum as seen above.  I was amused by an exhibit called Awkward Family Photos.  Locals were invited to send in family photos that were wierd in one way or another.  That didn't seem to be historical in nature, but other exhibits here described the history of the Centennial State.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday - We Came To Colorado to See Mountains

Grayline Tours offered a trip to see the mountain parks close to Denver.  We hopped aboard the bus which left the city to view the mountainous areas.  The first stop was the Red Rocks Amphitheatre which is a rock structure in Morrison, Colorado which have featured concerts in many genres of music.  There was a small building nearby which had a wall documenting all the concerts over the years.  the Beatles actually performed there in 1964.  Other musical artists that performed there included Willie Nelson, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Still and Nash and Bruce Springsteen.

The tour guide was very knowledgable and the areas we drove through.  The second and last stop with the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden, Colorado.  Below is a photo of his grave

Since the tour ended by the early afternoon we had time for one more activity.  So we visited the Capital of Colorado.  We rceived a tour by a guide who told us much about the history of Colorado and the capital building.  We actually climbed to stairs to the top of the building where I took the photo below which shows the Denver City Hall.

Tuesday - From An Impressive Art Museum to a Long Rain Delay

I am not an expert on art, but I enjoy visiting museums.  The Denver Art Museum consists of the Hamilton Building which was added in 2006 and the North Building.  The latter held permanent exhibits while the former contains temporary exhibits.  Some of the exhibits we viewed were:

  • Women of Abstract Impressionism
  • Rhythm and Roots - Dance in American Art
  • Why We Dance - American Indian Art in Motion
Our next stop was the National Ball Park Museum located across the street from Coors Field.  This museum is a real gem with memorabilia from defunct parks including Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Crosley Field, Forbes Field, and Shibe Park.  I was impressed by seeing a ticket from the first Seattle Pilot's game at Sick Stadium. We saw a video with highlights from the 1953 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers. The lady who gave us the tour was very knowledgable.  I highly recommend this place for any fan of baseball history.

From there we went to Coors Field to see our second game of our trip.  When the game was to begin at 6:40 the rains came for the second night in a row.  On Monday the delay was only 30 minutes but on Tuesday the game did not begin until 8:40.  After 5 innings the Tampa Bay Rays were leading 7-0 so we decided to leave as it was almost 10:30.  Since it was a one-sided game I didn't feel guilty about leaving early.  The final score was Tampa Bay 10 Rockies 1.

Game Recap

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eventful Day - 2 Stadiums and Even Time for Bowling

Since this is a public transportation vacation we took the #15 bus to the C light rail line to Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High where the Denver Broncos play.  The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame was our first stop as it was located within the stadium  It was started in 1964 and features athletes who were born in the state or who played for one of the Colorado teams.  We found out that John Elway is certainly held in high regard in Colorado.  At 11 AM we were given a tour of the stadium which opened in 2001.  We saw the  luxury boxes, press box, and visitors' locker room among other parts of the stadium.

We were thinking of going to the aquarium, but there just was not enough time, so perhaps we'll go another day while we are here.  We took the light rail back to the 16th Street Mall, but found we had a couple of hours before our game at Coors Field.  We actually went bowling.  I don't think I have bowled in at least 15 years even though Whitestone Lanes is right near my home.

From there we went to Coors field to see the Rockies play the Tampa Bay Rays.  There was a short rain shower at 5:30 so the start of the game was delayed about 30 minutes.  It is certainly a beautiful stadium.  The Rockies won 7-4.

Game Recap

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Arrived in Denver Today

We woke up at 5 AM to catch a 7:50 flight from LaGuardia to Denver.  The flight on United Airlines took off on time and there were no delays as we arrived at Denver Interntional Airport by 10 AM Mountain Daylight Time.  That is some airport which really outs Laguardia to shame.  It is so big that after we deplaned we had to take a train to the baggage claim area.

It is also a long distance from the airport to downtown, so the cab fare was a small fortune.  We got to the hotel about 11 AM, but could not check into the room until 2 PM.  So we walked around the business area.  We stopped by the 16th Street Mall and found some restaurants and stores that we will check out later in our visit.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Leaving for Denver Tomorrow

I need a vacation!  This year we decided to go to Denver to visit Coors Field and see many attractions in the city.  We are staying in a downtown hotel so we'll be walking or taking public transportation to the places we visit.  I'll be taking my laptop so there will be be entries to Bruce's Journal while I am away.
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