What to Do in Denver, CO? — Days with Kara

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The view of Rocky Mountains from the Dinosaur Ridge

Kara Avery Brewery

 

What to do in Denver?

 

After TBEX, Stephen and I ended up staying in Denver about two weeks. One week with John and Kara, Stephen’s old friends, and following week for dogsitting for them. We worked, most of the time. But we had big and small excursions with Kara everyday while John, Kara’s husband and also Stephen’s old friend, was away for his business trip. I quite liked the domesticated lifestyle for a couple of weeks, touring the place with a friend. We couldn’t go 14-ers like we planned. But the fun was not only on the top of 14-ers, it was everywhere. Here are the things we did with Kara — the wonderful world of Swedish meatball, beard-net and more.

 

 

IKEA 

 

IKEA - Centennial, CO

IKEA with Kara and Stephen

Swedish meatball, mac & cheese and fries

Swedish meatball, mac & cheese and fries at IKEA

 

Have you been to IKEA? Moreover, did you know they have a cafeteria? I had a vague idea of what IKEA was, but I had no idea they serve food at their property. This day, we wanted to do something indoors since the heat was too hot to be adventurous. Denver’s dry summer is not so easy to bare outside. We went to a post office, AAA, and we decided to check out IKEA. Kara strongly recommended to go. I’ve never been one after all! The Swedish meat ball was wonderful. If you want to visit one while in Denver, there’s one in Centennial.

 

 

Celestial Seasonings tour

 

Tour at Celestial Seasonings

Tour at Celestial Seasonings

 

Yes, they were very strict: beard-net does exist.

As a long time fan of Celestial Seasonings tea, I should’ve known that their factory is in Boulder, CO. But I didn’t. I knew it’s not going to change my life or anything, but I decided to dedicate an hour of my life as a tea drinker and a fan. Their tasting program is applauseable; you can taste whatever kind you want. Remember to visit toilet before a 45 mins tour. From the company’s history to the packaging, we looked around the factory with our hairnet. The most impressive part of the tour was the mint room. It felt like accidently washing my face with toothpaste. But very refreshing, for sure. There was no photo policy in the factory. But I drank a lot of tea, so we’re good.

 

 

Brewery Tour

 

Kara and Stephen at Avery

Kara and Stephen at Avery

Beer crossing

Beer crossing...

 

You have to visit at least one brewery when you are in Colorado. The very first, and the very best American beer I’ve ever had is from Colorado, and a numbers of others are also based on here. Dale’s Pale Ale of Oskar Blues, if you were wondering. There’s just something about the good quality water, must be. Starting Avery, we visited Oskar Blues, Great Divides. We conquer the samplers, every single time. Beer making is a fine art that created by passionate and talented people.

 

 

Dinosaur Ridge

 

The view of Rocky Mountains from the Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge

 

Dinosaur Ridge shows the great aspects of traveling in Colorado. The road is in the valley of geological features and fossils. I thought the trace of dinosaurs are only be seen at a special museum, like Zigong Dinosaur Museum. Not in Denver. Simple walking train in Dinosaur Ridge, and you’ll see as many as dinosaur prints you want. Moreover, you’ll see the beautiful Rocky Mountains on the top of the ridge. Great place to see the amazing geological features from afar.

 

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

3 Comments

  1. Looks like you hit up most of the free activities in Denver! We also went to the Celestial Seasonings factory tour. Isn’t it crazy how it is so automated? There were like 5 people working in the whole factory. Love the beard net by the way 🙂

    • Juno says:

      It was good to hang out in Denver for a while. It’s a pleasant area to live! The weather was so hot though. But I liked it. The tea tour was good but shame they didn’t allow us to take pictures! Well, if we did we would have a bunch photos of the robots in the factory. 🙂

  2. […] Runaway to Sister’s City – Knoxville, TN, USA Written by Juno on September 1, 2012 · Share your thoughts Kara and I bonded through the dogs, the food and musical Wicked. Anybody who gets Wicked and loves the dogs, can be my friend. How can you not, after a singalong Wicked numbers in the car? Great times. Anyway, while Kara and John were visiting their family for a week, Stephen and I stayed at their house for our first housesitting and dogsitting job. They lived in Knoxville for a couple years before moved to Denver. Since I’ve never been in Knoxville, I asked Kara to contribute on Runaway to Sister’s city series. She is also the one who inspires me to write “What to do in Denver?”. […]

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