JetBlue #AYCJ: Day four – Denver, CO

September 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm 1 comment

On day four of my trip (Saturday, September 19), I rode up to Kanosha Pass to see the aspens changing colors with a couple of friends and one adorable kiddo.  It was gorgeous!  Also, we were reminded that the last wild bison in Colorado was killed in 1897.


We stopped by our friend’s house for a bit on the way back to Denver; this is the same friend from the day before with the two little girls.  Since her husband works for Coors, he gets free beer.  I enjoyed a Molson.  🙂  We then snatched our friend away from her family and headed to Creekside Cellars in Evergreen.  The setting of this place, right on the river, is perfect for an early fall afternoon.  We relaxed out on the deck with a cheese plate and a bottle of the syrah, which we all liked pretty well.

We headed back in to Denver, freshened up, and met up at one friend’s house for a pre-dinner beer.  Then we took the light rail into town and headed to Falling Rock for dinner with a couple more friends.  Falling Rock is infamous among our group of friends.  A couple of the Denver girls go there often enough so that they know most of the bartenders/waiters, so they get extra good service.  We started off with chips and queso, which was spicy but a bit too close to Velveeta + Rotel for my preference.  I ordered the black and bleu burger, but that’s not what was actually delivered.  They took it back and threw some bleu cheese on it, but it wasn’t quite as good as it would’ve been had it been done correctly from the start.  We also got through 3 pitchers of excellent beer – Alaskan Amber, New Belgium Sunshine Wheat, and Bull and Bush Big Ben Brown Ale.

Next up was Oktoberfest.  We just moseyed over and joined one of the super long beer lines.  Most of us had the Paulaner Oktoberfest, which was pretty good.  We watched people knocking each other around with padded jousting polls and listened to a couple bands.  We had a blast dancing to Steve Rock und Seine Tanzkapelle, who played German music – the chicken dance, polkas, etc.  Then we headed back to Falling Rock for another pitcher to round out the evening.  It was such a blast!

You may have been wondering what it’s like to be spending so much time with folks I’ve never met in real life before.  It’s fantastic!  And oddly natural.  I’ve recognized everyone at first sight, and it’s been so easy talking to each other face to face.  The only thing that stinks is that I don’t get to hang out with these girls in real life all the time.  So far I’ve met six from my message board, and I already miss all of them.

And the money – breakfast $2.88 + winery snack $12 + dinner at Falling Rock $17 + transportation $4 = $35.88 (one of my friends bought my Oktoberfest for me – so sweet!) for the day; $103.61 for 4 days so far, so I’m right on track.  I’m betting I’ll be able to be cheaper in a couple upcoming stops, so even dealing with the visit to New York today shouldn’t throw me off budget.


Entry filed under: JetBlue Tour, TheStates.

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  • 1. Chris  |  September 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

    mmmmm….Alaskan Amber! 🙂


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