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After our flight.

Tom & Pilot Mark

Coors Stadium

in Mile High seats. See the purple seats.


MONDAY, AUGUST 14 – TUESDAY, AUGUST 15

Best day! Today Tom received his early birthday present. We motored into Moab for the 8:30 AM shuttle to the Moab Airport. Tom chose a flight in a WACO biplane as his gift. What an experience. We sat in the open front seat with a windshield protecting us. Our pilot, Mark, was seated in the open cockpit behind us. Mark was a bush pilot in Alaska for many years. His passion is flying and old airplanes. Mark took us up for about an hour. We skirted Arches and Canyonland because the plane’s altitude was too low to fly over the national parks. We flew over Dead Horse State Park that we visited yesterday. It was so exciting to see the canyons and formations up close and personal. Mark didn’t take us through any somersaults but we did a few wing dips. We wore headsets to communicate with Mark and hear his description of the scenery. Redtail Air is experimenting with videoing these flights. If our video turns out we will be getting a copy. Jacquie at the Redtail Air store helped us make the arrangement for the flight yesterday and we spent a lot of time bantering with her while making the plans. Tom bought a shirt and she gave him her employee discount. Returning to town we stopped in the store to tell Jacquie how much fun the flight was and thank her for her help. She gave each of us a company key fob and told Tom to pick out a hat for his birthday. As we said – best day so far . . .

We decided on lunch at the Blue Pig BBQ. Shared a really good plate of brisket. Getting in the RV after lunch the air temp was 92, 112 inside. Turn on the AC! Bid a fond farewell to Moab turning the RV toward Colorado. Drove through Vail, CO. Attractive and busy ski village filled with condos and hotels. Overnighted at the Frisco Walmart RV Resort.

Tuesday dawned gray and dreary. Continuing on I70 we passed many ski areas. There were bicyclists everywhere on the side roads. Many bike/walking paths paralleled the interstate. The gray sky gave way to sunshine. We took a train ride with a coal-fired steam engine. We rode the Georgetown Loop Railroad to Silverthorne and back again. It was constructed to haul silver out of the area but the silver boon was short lived. A nice ride through a pine forest with a creek and waterfall.

Creeped into Denver with the rush hour traffic. On our way to cross another baseball stadium off Tom’s Bucket List. Cost $25 to park by Coors Stadium. We were in the 5th car row from the stadium. Well worth it as rain started as we left the game. The ticket seller originally lived in Cincinnati. He told us about a food cart a block from the stadium that had the best brats around. He was telling the truth. We got foot long brats for $3.50 – they were $7.50 in the stadium and hot dog size. Had great seats, 1st row of upper deck between home & third. The Braves were in town to lay the Rockies. Brandon Phillips played 3rd for the Braves. Phillip was 1 for 4 and scored the winning run from second base. There was a party atmosphere throughout the entire game. There were giveaways between each winning. One person won $1000 because the Rockies hit a homerun in the bottom of the 1st inning. Food choices were multiple, of course at ballpark prices! We climbed higher to sit in the Mile High seats. There is a purple stipe around the stadium designating the seats that are exactly a Mile High. Watched distant lightning throughout the game and kept an eye on the radar. The rain that started as sprinkles became a downpour as we headed to the Evergreen Walmart for the night.

After a quiet night in Evergreen we drove to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and grave. We visited the Buffalo Bill Museum of the West in Cody in 2014. This was a much smaller version with high quality displays. We drove into Denver to tour the Denver Mint. Arriving we found all tickets for the day had been claimed by 7:30 AM! We walked two blocks to the Colorado Statehouse and joined a tour. All materials used to build the Statehouse are native to Colorado. The floors are Colorado marble, the walls clad in red Colorado onyx and the outside is Colorado Limestone. The tour included the House and Senate chambers. Their Congress is only in session January-May. Tom walked up to the Capitol Dome. I decided to forgo the 99 step climb.

Driving to Broomfield to overnight we found an area with a retail construction boom but yet had two fairly new shopping centers that are almost abandoned. The new Mall is huge with many upscale shops, similar to Kenwood Mall. We saw more condos and apartment in the area than single family homes.



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