Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Golden, Buffalo Bill, and Red Rocks!

 Mr. Keith and I did a marathon of sightseeing on a warm day in Colorado! We drove quickly across Denver, looked around for awhile in Arvada, then headed out to the hills around Golden. We found a winding road called Lookout Mt. Road just outside the town. Here is the view from the first wide spot in the road. As you can see, Golden is dominated by the huge Coors Brewery in the center of the photo. The Colorado School of Mines is the next biggest complex to the left. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)

 This was a gorgeous view — the Windy Saddle Park. Down in the very center of the valley we spied Highway 6. The cars down there looked so tiny! Again, click to enlarge so you can see the highway.

 From higher on the mountain we could look out and see downtown Denver and all the way across to where the prairie disappears on the horizon. I think Strasburg is probably a little too far to see from here! Mr. Keith used his telephoto lens to get this perspective.

 We were surprised to find that Buffalo Bill is buried at the highest point of Lookout Mountain overlooking Denver. I've visited the huge museum honoring him and other old west characters in Cody, Wyoming, but did not know about this site.

 We learned that Buffalo Bill Cody requested this site for his burial. He died in 1917, and his wife was buried in the same spot 4 years later. At his funeral and burial, there was a huge procession of Denverites and others attending the ceremonies. Later there was erected a museum, with a gift shop and restaurant next door named the Pahaska Teepee.

 Just foolin' around!

 Next we meandered on down the mountain to the Red Rocks Amphitheater. I would perhaps compare it to the Gorge, near Quincy, in Washington. We'll not be able to attend an actual concert here, but it was fun to see! This tunnel leads right up to the amphitheater.

 This huge rock is on one side of the top of the amphitheater, and its twin, even bigger, is on the other side. The seating and stage are placed right between and below these monoliths.

Looking down onto the stage, you can once again see the Denver skyline way up in the center of the photo. I imagine it's an amazing sight at night when the city lights are visible off in the distance. Click to enlarge so you can see the city.
To complete our day, we ate dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Aurora. A fitting end to a wonderful sightseeing trip!


Handmade Crafts Done While RVing said...

Love the pink cowboy hat... didn't know that about Buffalo Bill... Beautiful pics and brrrr the snow lol... We are getting hit with it here in Cali... Hope to be in OR tomorrow!!

Forry and Char said...

I never got to a concert at Red Rocks either -- always thought it would be fun.