Denver sights during my visit

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Denver sights during my visit

Visiting Denver Colorado to help a family member recovering from an illness. Thoroughly enjoying the visit but wish it were for a better reason. This post presents highlights of my visit. Also, the post contains Denver sights during my visit. Also, here is a link back to the first post in this category.

Highlight picture from time in Denver

Denver Sights during my visit
Rock spire at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and Grave site (Denver sights during my visit)

Buffalo Bill Cody’s mortal remains rest here. Consequently, the museum memorializing him resides here as well. Here is a link to the museum. His legendary accomplishments reflect many impacts on the “Old West”. Also, he was an outspoken advocate for Native American rights after the “Indian Wars”. He respected them as enemies and admired them as friends in later years. A couple of photos follow:

Denver sights during my visit
Plaque in the Buffalo Bill Cody museum
Buffalo Bill Cody
Buffalo Bill Cody grave site

On the way to Buffalo Bill’s location, we found this herd of American Bison (Buffalo).

Denver sights during my visit
American Bison (Buffalo) in the Rocky Mountains

The Boettcher family built this mansion in a somewhat secluded, but easily accessible area. The mansion takes up 10,000 square feet. Preservation efforts by a non-profit group keep the mansion open for tours. Unfortunately, it was not open on the day we were there.

Denver sights during my visit
Boettcher Mansion in mountains near Denver

Drive over Loveland Pass

Taking a trip from Denver over Loveland Pass and back into Denver. Seems like, lots of snow at the higher elevations. Certainly, it’s good for a couple of hour jaunt. Consequently, saw a lot of snow!

Rocky Mountains
Majestic Rocky Mountain peak
Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountain view from the climb up to “the top of the world”.
Denver Sights during my visit
Just another mountain view
Rocky Mountians Loveland Pass
View from Loveland Pass just north of I-70. It’s 11,991 feet above sea level

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Another day decided to see Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Certainly, is a great outdoor venue for concerts and performances. Here is a link to the Red Rocks website. Many musicians, groups and other performers have appeared here. For example, Steve Martin and Martin Short headlined a comedy night. Colorado “favorite son” John Denver appeared here 17 times. However, he is far from the record holder for most appearances. Widespread Panic holds the record for the most sold-out performances at Red Rocks with 57 as of June 2018.

Rock and roll concerts started with The Beatles in 1964. Here is a link to an article in the Denver Post listing the 10 most memorable performances at Red Rocks. During a performance by Jethro Tull in 1971, a ban on rock concerts took place for 5 years. Concerts were limited to the softer popular music from artists such as John DenverSonny & CherThe CarpentersPat BooneSeals & Crofts, and Carole King. The ban was lifted in 1976 and artists like Jethro Tull, The Grateful Dead, and U2 starting appearing again. Here is a link to a wikipedia article on Red Rocks.

Denver Sights during my visit
Rock spire at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Denver sights during my visit
The stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Denver Sights during my visit
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Time to go home

Time to wrap up and head home. We decided we should have good meals so here is a picture.

Denver Sights during my visit
Wild Rice Hot Dish (For those not from Minnesota, it’s a casserole! Actually, this is the leftovers but “hot dish” is even better warmed up!)

Had a great time with my brother and his wife. But eight days is enough! Heading out and will have more Nebraska posts coming up. Or follow the link to look back at getting to Denver.

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