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Colorado Water

In Denver on October 31, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , ,

Colorado Water is like nectar from the gods. It is so pure and so sweet; it literally is Colorado’s finest. The Rocky Mountains make it easy access and first come first serve when it comes to the states water. You turn on the faucet in July and August and yet, the water is still so cold and so fresh.

If you think about it, the entire southwest is supported by the Colorado River. By the time it gets down to Arizona, have a taste of the tap water, I dare you! It tastes like you’ve just taken a drink out of a swamp! Basically like dirt, at least that was the impression I gathered in Arizona.

The east coast such as Virginia and the Midwest like Tennessee have had older water pipes. Occasionally, when you turn on the tap, rusty black comes out of the faucet. Who wants to drink that? If you visit Idaho, their water is filled with so many minerals that you would be getting kidney stones by the time you turn 30!

No wonder bottled water and filters have become so popular in the past 10-20 years. Except, in Colorado, you don’t need bottled water, unless it’s a personal preference. But it’s definitely not because the water tastes bad.

So next time you think about moving, consider yet another great add to your list of natural conveniences in Colorado.

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Central City

In Denver on October 26, 2011 by Todd Cardon

If you want to go somewhere that serves you all you can eat cow ribs and a grand tour that you will never forget, then you really should consider one of the oldest mining towns around, Central City.

This place was founded in 1859, attracting thousands on the quest to find gold, but instead became a mine of it’s own. That was a horrible joke, I apologize for that.

By the time I got there, it seemed like all this town knew how to do was gamble. But apparently this lifestyle has only existed 20 years or so. But it is a fun getaway when it comes to food and mountains so I would suggest that you give it a try.

They provide you as I have said before great local places to eat, and if you are a gambling man, plenty of that too. But the fun part of it is they have really cool museums that tell you the whole history of those who lived there back in the day.

It gives you a real authentic western feel and it seems like yesterday that you could have lived in those days with that type of lifestyle. So, don’t ask me, go check it out for yourself, you’ll never regret it.

Anyone who is interested in the posts I write, feel free to let me know if there is something specific that you would like to learn about the Denver area.

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Invesco Field (Currently Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

In Denver on October 22, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , , , ,

Years prior, before Invesco Field was built was the Mile High Stadium. Originally able to host 30 thousand in the early 50’s and 60’s, eventually grew to hold around 60 thousand people. Oddly enough, The Rockies played at this stadium until 1995 where they moved to Coors Field.

Soon as the newly developed stadium was built, the new name was changed from Mile High Stadium to Invesco Field. This created quite the discrepancy. For the longest time, local newspapers would still call it Mile High Stadium.

Costing around 453 dollars, this grand structure has hosted a variety of events, primarily football. First game the Broncos played against the New York Giants, the day before 9/11 in 2001. Ever since the stadium opened, and even before, football games are known to sell out every game.

Other than football, other events have taken place such as concerts from mainstream bands. The Eagles were the first to perform in 2001. Two years later, Metallica played a killer concert with a sold out venue of over 100,000 people. And U2 performed this year in May.

Pro’s and Con’s to an outdoor stadium:

Pros’

You get a great view.

It’s new.

It’s Bigger.

Con’s

It’s cold in the winter!

When it rains it pours.

The name isn’t Mile High Stadium.

Whether good or bad in whoever mind, this stadium isn’t going anywhere for quite some time. It is here to stay and will host thousands of games, concerts and campaigns throughout generations.

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The Brown Palace Hotel

In Denver on October 20, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , ,

The Brown Palace Hotel has been around since the late 1800’s.

As you walk in, all you can do is look up and up to the endless amounts of floors and doors that are available in this gloriously land marked building.

Let me just get the obvious facts out of the way and you can see this on their website. It is the top 500 World’s Best Hotels according to Travel + Leisure – 2010. It is one of the oldest operating hotels in Denver, built in 1892, basically around 120 years old.

Full of history hosting various presidents, ministers and celebrities.

With the building being 9 stories high the top two floors were eventually reserved for those who lived in apartment housing for a few decades, more like 6 decades or 60 years. The last of the residence moved out in the 1980’s.

If you might recall their quality food, their bread is actually baked out of the same carousel oven that has been used over 50 years ago, according to The Brown Palace website filled with fun little facts.

The last fact on that list is my favorite, where it talks about President Eisenhower practicing his golf swing inside, then accidentally hitting the ball onto the fireplace creating a dent, which still exists today.

I’m assuming Henry Brown created an inviting atmosphere, especially those who were passing through on their quest to find gold and silver, translating into a promising fortune.

Ok, enough of the fun trivial facts, a tiny personal experience, appropriate around Halloween time especially. I woke up in the middle of the night hearing what appeared to be the sound of a chair shuffling or the table across the room.

I quickly woke my wife up and asked her what that sound was. She heard it too, then told me this hotel has got to be haunted; it is well over 100 years old. That was the last thing I wanted to hear, especially since I had no idea that it was that old.

So I just turned over and closed my eyes hoping that the sounds would go away as I fell asleep.

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The Valley: Littleton Colorado

In Denver on October 15, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , ,

If you are torn between living in the city or in the country, then why no both. You can’t quit understand the situation unless you’ve either seen it or read about it.

Right off of C-470 and Ken Carl is the entrance to a place you may call home someday, The Valley.

Picture this; you open the door to your backyard where you have to chase off deer because flocks of them are eating your plants. Must be quite a rough life having to shew off wildlife in the mountains where you live.

Towards your left, are the mountains that come down and meet you face to face in your backyard. On the right, you have gorgeous, gigantic, red rocks that shoot up towards the sky 50-60 feet, overhanging other rocks, which in a way, creates sort of a natural jungle gym.

If you are wondering where this vision all began, it started in the early 1900’s by a man named John Shaffer. He was quite the entrepreneur and owned a few businesses. Started out small but became a wealthy millionaire.

He then in 1914 built a beautiful mansion  that still stands today and is known as The Manor House and cost around $100,000. Owning 28,000 acres in the area he also built cozy cottages for guests. That’s another little fact, parties would occur often there. Whenever the lights were on at night, those who were towards downtown Denver could see the lights on and know that there was a open invitation for a party that night.

Homes in this same location today range from the humble 300 thousand to around 3 million. Depending on your needs and wants primarily is up to the individual making this great decision to live among nature mingled with civilization.

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Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in Bailey Colorado!

In Denver on October 13, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , ,

For those of you who get a chance to visit the Denver area, there is one place that is a must! When experiencing colorful Colorado, Coney Island. Located in Bailey, which is about 30-40 miles from the foothills of Denver Colorado.

It seems that a tradition has developed over time. As each person experiences this all-American diner. The best hot dogs, burgers, shakes, you name it! It’s all yours, with the minor expense of your time and travel to get there. Let me tell you though, it is worth every waking minute that it takes to get you there.

Back in boy scouting days, it was always a tradition to go there every time after a long week of hiking and camping in the mountains. The location is perfect. After eating bland oatmeal every morning, cliff bars during the day and who knows what at night. Coney Island never seemed so good.

Pressing forward, with one foot in front of the other as we advanced 15-20 miles a day for a week straight. Starting out early Monday morning and ending Saturday afternoon, finally the time has come. As we travel towards civilization, you must never pass up this opportunity to eat at Coney Island.

Coney Island first opened in the early 60’s in Denver and since then has moved to 3 or 4 different locations relatively close to Denver. Coney Island has been so popular that it’s been featured on television.

Even though a fraction of the media has brought it to light, it is still one of those hidden gems found only by word of mouth, or simply by dropping in or passing by through the rocky mountains of Colorado.

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Red Rocks Amphitheater

In Denver on October 8, 2011 by Todd Cardon Tagged: , , ,

Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of the greatest outdoor venues you could experience in this great nation. The natural acoustics couldn’t be greater and the seating arrangement fits close to ten thousand people!

The City and County of Denver is responsible for what events take place throughout the year. Obviously there isn’t much going on during the winter. But as soon as warm weather hits, it is quite the happening place.

For over 100 years now, this great location has been put to great use for a variety of concerts and other activities. The earliest recorded concert was in the early 1900’s.

Apparently in the early 70’, rock concerts were banned for 5 years. During that time, only milder type of bands was able to perform. Due to a mass population during a concert, there was a gathered mop that tried to push through security. This caused the security guards to set off tear gas. Apparently, the wind picked up and sent tear gas into the rest of the crown and onto the stage.

Not only does Red Rocks provide an ideal location for concerts and activities, but a place for recreation. My cross-country team would practice there from time to time. My coaches would have up run up and down the stairs on the sides, five times and then run along each layer of the amphitheater seating all the way to the bottom. We were exhausted by then. My high school also has their graduation ceremony there every year.

Regardless of your reasons for being there, you will never regret the experience of the natural acoustics and beauty of Red Rocks.