Weekend in the Mountains
We discovered to our sorrow that everyone in Denver takes the weekend to go to Estes Park. Well, not everyone. Some go to Rocky Mountain National Park instead.
On weekends, there are a lot of people in both of these places. It's one of the reasons that the town and the park have shuttle buses running back and forth all summer. They're both beautiful places. If you enjoy people, music, dancing, and a lively atmosphere, go anytime in the summer and especially on weekends. If you prefer a lower key visit, pick spring or fall.
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Denver's a Healthy but Private City
First of all, the people in Denver love their outdoor activites. In the winter, most everyone goes up to the mountains to ski or snowboard, and during the summer, people bike and run. The people in Denver love to watch their football and hockey, but they're not really into baseball or basketball. Popular sports to play here are golf, tennis, and even lacrosse and rugby. It's interesting, though, because even though people are active in Denver, it's also spread out, so people drive almost everywhere (almost no one walks to where they're going). There's beautiful scenery in the mountains to the west, Rocky Mountain National Park to the north, and Garden of the Gods to the south.
The city of Denver is heavily populated with Hispanics, and many Denver people speak at least a little Spanish. There's also a semi-large Asian population, but few other minority groups are adequately represented in Denver. Denver people are also very polite and are always willing to say hello.
On the downside, although the city itself is semi-liberal and young, the suburbs house very "uppity" people. Colorado is a Republican state, and people here love large corporations and large automobiles! Most stores and restaurants are corporate-owned, so there's not too much you can find that is unique to Denver (espeically in the suburbs). Most people drive SUVs, and although Denver is a small city, the highways are always packed.
All in all, the Denver area is a beautiful place to visit, and there's a lot of naturally-occuring scenery that you shouldn't miss. If you go to Denver, don't miss the mountains! As for the food and shopping, though, Denver is probably near the bottom of that list!
- Mountain Climbing
- Family Travel
An extra garage
It took a couple of these houses before it dawned on me that they have a 2 car garage and then a small 3rd one with a separate door. My daughter explained to me that the 3rd is for snowmobiles! I suspect they get used for all sorts of things and I only saw them in newer and more expensive neighborhoods. This is a new development advertising homes starting at the "mid $400s." I could use a third garage just for junk.
Denver is a very active and outdoorsy city. If you are not in to any of this: be it running, team sports, swimming, hiking, climbing, skiing, etc. You will usually be the odd one in the group. However, if you have never tried any of this before, but have always wanted to, Denver is the perfect place. Not only does it have the venues, i.e. big parks, sport complexes, and of course the Rocky Mountains, but you can be sure that you will always be inspired and motivated to do these things as you will for sure never do it alone.
So, I dare you. If you have never been an active person, and you are going to Denver, it's the perfect situation for you to start!
- Work Abroad
- Study Abroad
In Denver, when you give, or get, directions people will always use the references "it's east off," "south off," etc. This is because everything is Denver is relative to the mountains, which are in the west. Hence, people expect you to always know where west is, and hence where north, east, and south is.
So, just keep track of the mountains (it's not hard...unless it's REALLY dark) and you will know what people are talking about.
- Road Trip
- Study Abroad
- Business Travel
Coloradoans are very touchy about their parks and wilderness areas. So if you are in a state park, for the day or camping, Don't litter, take the advice about Bears (if there is bear country info posted), or you are likely to get an earful. They see too many people trashing their beautiful state and they will often be vocal about any abuse if they see it.
Very unpretentious and fun city of Denver
People in Denver as a whole have excellent personalities, I mean I wrote about this once but there is no convincing me otherwise that hands down Denver has the smartest, least pretentious, friendliest people in the country by far..
You will not find stuck-up people in Denver either, people in Denver arent the very materialistic,arrogant,stuck-up type that you will find in a lot of cities (especailly eastern ones, like the one I live in now)
Friendliest people in the country by far
Denver is a very progressive city....
So I would say it will probubly like a coastern city than a midwestern city
Denver has a very large hispanic population (growing up there it seems about half hispanic at least in the city proper) they are very nice and are very local (many of denvers hispanics lived in new mexico and colorado when it was owned by spain) Denver hispanic community is very embracing and most denver hispanic are socially liberal compared to hispanics in say chicago or texas so just something like might be informative
People in Denver also are very, very friendly (by far the friendliest in the country, and the exact opposite in Rudesburg im sorry Pittsburgh,PA) you will notice it immediately so if somebody starts talking to you, talk to em, they dont want anything they just want to have a chat on the way too work or dinner or something
Denver's notorious Doc Baggs
oc Baggs was Denver's notorious conman. In the late 1800's he would sell fake gold bricks to unsuspecting people. Doc's "gold" bricks were nothing more than ordinary bricks covered with a thin layer of gold. Doc's scam included setting up a fake portable office which contained what appeared to be a safe. The "safe was actually a painting- a mosaic of numbered thin wooden panels, each about the size of a cigar box lid. A fabric was placed on the panels and the painting placed on top of the fabric. The entire "safe" could be folded up quickly and carried away.
Doc's office door- whose glass panel bore the inscription "Manager" or "Superintendent" depending upon the occasion (Doc also sold shares of non existent underground mining wealth) could be moved quickly to its hiding place behind one of the walls. At times, Doc would hire other cons to pose as clerks and sit behind a counter and work on paper mache ledgers.
Once the fool and his money had been parted, Doc would fold up his safe, hide the doors behind cavaties in the walls and Doc and his fellow cons would exit. At times, a victim would summon the Denver police and attempt to lead them to where Doc's office was located. But the portable disguised office could not be found.
Michael Spangler, a Denver lawman, arrested Doc on the charge of "bunco steering." Doc won his day in court by pointing out that, even in a very large dictionary, the words "bunco steering" did not exist and these terms were not contained in Denver statutes.
Prior to leaving Denver for good, Doc sold a "gold" brick to H.M. Smith of Leadville for $20,000. Two years later, the brick was analyzed and determined to be a fraud.
- Arts and Culture
Nature and History
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has great exhibits about animals from all over the world and the history of the Native Americans. It's located directly beside the Zoo and a nice park. All those three things are worth to see.
Avoid the freeways around the...
Avoid the freeways around the Tech Center during the morning and afternoon rush hours... that area is a bottle-neck for traffic. Allow LOTS of time to drive back DIA airport due to traffic. Don't run the Yellow street lights... Denver has a camera system for abusers.
Denver has four sports...
Denver has four sports teams.
Baseball - Colorado Rockies
Basketball - Denver Nuggets
Football - Denver Broncos
Hockey - Colorado Avalanche
Out of those four, they love hockey and football the most. If you are in Denver on a Sunday when the Broncos are playing, you're in for a treat! The city goes nuts. Try to get out to Mile High Stadium if you can.
Denver Crazy LawsThe dog...
Denver Crazy Laws
The dog catcher must notify dogs of impounding by posting, for three consecutive days, a notice on a tree in the city park and along a public road running through said park.
It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
It is illegal to mistreat rats in Denver, Colorado.
You may not drive a black car on Sundays.
Denver/Boulder area drivers...
Denver/Boulder area drivers are pretty terrible. Just a warning for those coming into the city with cars. The use of turn signals is seen as a sign on weakness. Right of way at a stop sign intersection is 'me first.' Passive-aggressive driving is the norm (you pass somebody on a divided highway, they speed up, try to cut you off and then give YOU the finger, like YOU'VE done something wrong). On the plus side, right of way to pedestrians is generally good and, even though we are having a huge problem with guns right now, road-rage caused shootings aren't a problem. Cultural tip: just be on the alert when you drive here, I always sort of assume that anything could happen at anytime without any warning and I have no problems.
Saw my first game of Baseball...
Saw my first game of Baseball at Coors field. A game between the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros. I didn't know all the rules, so it was fun to watch and learn more and more about all those rules... =)
Here: The entrance ticket for the game.