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If you remember my post from earlier this year titled Capital One, you will know I enjoy visiting some of the same locations as 5th grade social studies field trips. While in Denver earlier this month, we took advantage of some great weather, family assisted parking, and free public transportation to have an amazing day at the Colorado State Capital Building, the newly renovated Union Station, and a Christmas Market.
Sam doesn't care so much for the views, he enjoys exploring.
There's a family at the top of that enormous Christmas tree.
Denver is the Mile High city, and there are in fact 3 markers on the west steps of the capital to prove it. The original inscription carved into the steps when the building was finished in 1909, a brass marker placed in 1969 when a revised elevation was calculated and placed 3 steps above the fist inscription, and the latest brass marker placed in 2003 when the GPS constellation of satellites was used to get the most precise elevation to date - 2 steps below the original inscription. If you look closely, all three are visible in our photo.
The downtown free bus runs from the capital to Union Station along the 16th Street Mall. Buses run every 2-3 minutes. We claimed the entire rear bench seat and were treated to a show when the police motorcycles who pulled in behind us began making faces and flashing their lights when they saw the kids.
We also stopped at a Christmas market for a photo op.
Beautifully remodeled architecture to gaze upon, delicious ice cream courtesy of Grandma and Papa for the kids, delicious local beers from the bar for the older kids, and a second giant Christmas tree. All in all, a pretty epic day.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
After Alabama, we took the kids down to Orlando for more family visits. We also took them to their first water park. Disney's Blizzard Beach is a great place for swimmers and splashers of every age to have a great time. We recognize they are both strong swimmers, and as much as I enjoy the water, and as much as Sarah enjoys the sun, we jumped at the opportunity to share both with these kids in the temperate climate of Florida's fall.
After hitting the wave pool, the family raft slide like 4 times, once around in the lazy river, and having lunch, we finally made it over to the kid zone. There Grace and Sam were able to pretty much play unattended.
After a day of that much fun, it took mere minutes for them to drop into snooze mode on the way home.