Mile High Safari

I'm sitting at the airport waiting to catch a flight back to San Francisco. I've been in Denver for the last two weeks on business. This trip certainly proves that you can go on safari almost anywhere. I thought I'd take a moment to recap my adventures in the Mile High City and surrounding area.

The view from my hotel window was simply spectacular.  Check out this amazing sunrise over the mountains!

I discovered Dazbog Coffee Company on my commute to work in suburban Denver.  I didn't realize the place was Russian themed so imagine my surprise when I saw Cyrillic characters dotting the decor.  

I also had the chance to try out a fun cupcakery in the Bluebird District of Denver.  The Shoppe featured three sizes of cupcakes and a hipster vibe.

There was a variety of cupcake themed art on the walls.  This painting by Hyland Mather was my favorite and really captured the essence of the place.

Another fun food adventure involved dinner at bd's Mongolian BBQ in Denver's LoDo neighborhood.  The "chefs" claim to be "Natural Born Grillers".   You load up a bowl with all sorts of raw ingredients (meats, veggies, etc.), pick a sauce or combination of sauces and a variety of spices and the dudes at the grill work their magic to bring your creation to life.

Another find was Santiago's Express in suburban Denver.  This place claimed to have the hottest green chile in town.  I had to check it out since I love spicy food.  The drive through is pretty unassuming but the food was fantastic.  There always seems to be a line of cars at this place morning, noon, and night.  It was worth the wait.

Even though it was bitter cold the one weekend I had to show myself around the town, I took a stroll (albeit a brisk one) in Old Town Arvada.  

These sock monkeys graced the window of Knit Knack.  Love it!

After my stop in Arvada, I made my way to the Highlands neighborhood northwest of downtown.  32nd Ave. was dotted with some great boutiques and restaurants.  I made a quick stop at Happy Cakes Cupcakery.
Their maple bacon cupcake was amazing!  Yes, you read that right.  They had a maple bacon flavored cupcake on the menu.  It had pieces of real bacon inside the cake and as a garnish.  Yum!  It tasted just like a pancake breakfast.  

The weather forecasters were predicting a blizzard over the weekend so I was ready to hunker down at my hotel with no prospects of going on safari.  Thankfully, the bad weather passed us by to the north and it was a beautiful but cold day on Sunday.  I decided to take a drive to Boulder and Ft. Collins to explore a little further afield.  

I saw this barbed wire view at a "scenic vista" pull off from the highway on the way to Boulder.

The Pearl St. Mall in downtown Boulder is a shoppers delight with classic old west architecture.

I loved this store along the Pearl St. Mall -- so observant:  "Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind could invent".  

"You can touch the pig, you can ride the pig, but sorry folks, you can't buy the pig." much for that idea :-)

On to Fort Collins...Fort Collins is a college town (the home of Colorado State) about an hour north of Denver. I saw this colorful stallion with an old timey building in the background.  Whoa, Nellie!
Fort Collins is known for its breweries.  I stopped for lunch at CopperSmith's Pub and Brewing.  I had a pint of beer that had a serrano chili essence which gave it an awesome kick.  Nice!

I also liked how Fort Collins tried to dress up the more mundane features of the town.  These utility boxes were colorfully painted.

There was a fantastic mural adorning the wall of a downtown building.



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