Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas in Denver (Friday Five Edition)

Before I get into my Friday Five, I wanted to take a quick moment to share my sadness for Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds.   Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars.  She was a princess but could kick some ass.  Princess Leia was a role model for girls before the Lora Crofts or Katniss Everdeen.  She was a Princess that did more then wait for her Prince to save her.  Carrie Fisher was also an advocate for those with mental illness.  May she rest in peace.

So it's been a busy week.  We spent Christmas with family in Denver and had a good time.  I grew up here but moved to Virginia when I was 12. I've only been back once and that was 20 years ago. So I only remember a few things. But as we go around town I am getting flashbacks.  Here are five things that we did.

1. On Friday we went to the History Colorado Museum. It was a very fun museum to visit. They had a special exhibit about awkward family photos. You know those pictures you have on the wall which you wish you could hide in the attic so company would never see?  A bunch of those that just make you laugh.

They also had a bunch of things about Colorado that reminded me of my childhood. Like the Barrel Man. He would wear this barrel and hat (and nothing else). On a $10 bet Tim McKernan was supposed to get on TV. To do this he wore this outfit and won. He then continued to do this for every game for 30 years. No matter how cold.

2. We went to dinner at Casa Bonita. 


This place I totally remembered and it hasn't changed a bit. This place is a Mexican restaurant that has a tons of entertainment. They have shows like gun fights, magic shows, and diving.  


If you have never been there, it's kinda hard to describe.  South Park had done an episode about it that captures it pretty well.  I think it was the one thing I remembered best from my childhood in Denver.

3. I did a 10 mile run through downtown Denver.  I started at the Coors Field, the ballpark for the Rockies.

I then headed down to the 16th Street Mall which is about 1 1/4 miles long.

I then headed down to City Park, which is a very big park that includes the Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and even a golf course.  


I didn't realize it during my run, but the high school that my dad graduated from was right across the street from the park.  And then I headed back the same way back to Coors Field. 

4. On Christmas Day we ventured out in wind gusts of 70-75 MPH and went to Black Hawk.  It's a place where there are a ton of casinos.  We hung out and I lost money, my Aunt won and then we ate free at their all you can eat buffet.

5. We ventured into the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which I had ran by a couple of days before.  I didn't think I had been there before, but there were a few things that I remembered.  The outside of the IMAX.  The growling sabertooth donation display.

The animal dioramas.

I didn't remember the exhibit, but they had a really cool dinosaur exhibit. 

Bonus - I know it's only Friday Five, not Friday Six, but I wanted to add the last place we went.  The Old Spaghetti Factory.  It is another restaurant that has not changed a bit since I was last there 30 years ago.

Did you go anywhere for Christmas?  Have you ever been to Denver?  Do you try to run when on vacation to see different sights?

I'm linking up with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for Friday Five 2.0


  1. Denver is such a fun city to visit! Looks like a great time

  2. My husband and I have been going to Colorado on vacation for the past three years. We LOVE it there! While we venture places other than Denver, we have spent some time in Denver too! On one trip we went to the museum you were at. Very cool! We had a picnic in the park before we went in. This past summer we drove through Black Hawk on the way to a disc golf course my husband wanted to play at. I'm glad you had a great time experiencing the city!

    1. I really do miss Denver, it is a great city.

  3. I've never been to Denver but would LOVE to visit! Looks like you had a great time! That barrel guy cracks me up...I totally love stuff like that! I also want to visit every MLB park in my lifetime and Coors Field is definitely on that list!

    1. We went to see a game last time we were there, though it was 20 years ago. It still looks the same from the outside. Hope you get to see all the parks!

  4. I'll put Casa Bonita on my list to visit if I ever go to Denver, it sounds fun! Glad you had a nice time and that you are back safely!

  5. I've never been to Denver (or anywhere in Colorado for that matter) . It looks amazing and sounds like you had a great time!

    1. We did. I really recommend it as a place to visit.