We have 2 places we call "home" in Colorado: The High Country (Breckenridge) and The Front Range ( Denver). Both still feel like home, and it was delightful spending time with good friends in both areas.
Each location has undergone some amazing changes.
Breckenridge has a new library and a wow-upgraded movie theater; an expansive Arts District in both buildings and programs; and of course some new eateries. With added housing as well, this is no sleepy little mountain village. Breckenridge even in summer is jammed! The marinas in Frisco and Dillon are jammed. Quiet fishing spots are still to be found though we're not sure where the fish went. Thanks, Jan and Steve, for taking us in - and letting us steer the sailboat!
Denver – by which I refer specifically to lower downtown Denver (LoDo) where we used to live – has built up so much it is jaw dropping. The Union Station development, which was just beginning when we left, has redefined "downtown" – with a hotel in the old station, eateries, wine bars, entertainment venues, and new access areas to buses and trains. The area around lower downtown continues to grow with new high and mid-rise residences. It's like someone said "build it and they will come" meaning by the thousands. There is so much urban energy here. Thankfully, if you get out early enough, you can still have the Platt River bike trail pretty much to yourself at least for 25 miles or so.
In both places we couldn't help but be amazed with the amount of water. While California has a drought, both the High Country and Denver have had record rainfalls. The Platt River at the lower part of downtown would normally be a kayak park but has too much current.
Here are a few shots from Colorado, including my friend Sue's new office with one of my shots wall-sized! It was amazing to walk in and see this.
BRECKENRIDGE - THE MOUNTAIN
BreckenridgeView of the ski mountain
LAKE DILLON - DILLON CO
Lake DillonJan and Steve took us sailing
DOWNTOWN DENVER FROM THE NORTH PLATT RIVER BIKE PATH
Downtown Denver From The North Platt Bike Path
CONFLUENCE OF CHERRY CREEK AND THE PLATT RIVER IN LOWER DOWNTOWN DENVER. THERE IS USUALLY A KAYAK PARK HERE BUT THE WATER IS RUNNING TOO HIGH AND TOO FAST.
Kayak Park No MoreThe Platt River is running so fast that the kayak park has been obliterated!
FAVORITES FROM THE DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS. Thanks, Jeff & Ellen, for a delightful day, plus inviting us to join in the monthly dinner gathering at Waterside Lofts to also see Paul, Niki, Mary Fran, and Bob.
Favorites from Denver Botanic Garden
PROGRESSIVE HEALTH CENTER'S NEW OFFICE RECEPTION AREA. THIS IS A SHOT I TOOK AT THE PASADENA BOTANIC GARDENS, WALL-SIZED! We met up with some more good buddies here - Sue, Dominique, Gary, Mary Lou, and a new friend, Alice.
One of my photos as a full wallImagine walking in to an office and seeing one of your photos as the entire wall!
We're off to Sedona --
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