Monthly Archives: November 2009

Nature and Science Museum

It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re sitting in the airport waiting for our flight to Dallas. We’re spending the weekend with Matt & Erin & Evie, so we’re excited because we rarely get to see them. However, we’ll have a week with Joel’s whole family next summer, so that should be fun. Anyway, while I’m here taking advantage of the free airport wi-fi, I thought I should fill everyone in about our lovely museum visit.

Last Sunday, the Nature and Science Museum had a free day. We love the free days! I’m not sure if it’s true, but the guy there told us it’s one of only 5 of its kind in the country. They have lots of animal exhibits, and it was shocking to see how huge some of the animals are! Here’s a picture of the mountain goats we are hoping to see on a trail one day.


They also have an exhibit called Expedition Health. They give you a card to register, and then you put the card in various stations. It measures things about you, and then you get a print out at the end. It’s an interesting exhibit, but it’s not the best on a free day with big lines. Here’s a picture of Joel pedaling his heart out at the bike station.


Finally, the museum has an amazing view of the city and the mountains. It’s on the edge of City Park, so the view is City Park, then downtown, then the mountains. I wish the pictures could convey how great the view actually is.



Fail 2

Joel was dying to get out to the mountains last weekend, so after scouring the internet, he decided our best bet was to head back out to Mt Bierstadt (site of my first altitude sickness occurrence and failure to summit in July). The pass to get there was closed due to a late summer rock slide, so we had to head in the back way. I would like to give props to our little Sentra, as we only had one issue driving in the snow.

We started on the trail and passed this area that was a pretty lake in the summer.

Picnik collage

Next, we crossed a little frozen creek that was, of course, not frozen in the summer.


Things started to get rough when we arrived on the exposed part of the trail…and I say “trail” lightly. There was no trail. We were plowing through foot-deep snow trying to head in the right direction. The wind was whistling, and our fingers and toes were numb. Since we didn’t have all the proper equipment (boots, gaiters, additional sunscreen), we decided to turn around. It was a good hike, but we’re thinking mountain climbing in the winter might not be for us! Here is the view where we turned around:


Here’s a view from where we parked (you may want to click it to make it bigger). Left to right: Mt. Evans, the Sawtooth, and Mt Bierstadt. Can you believe people climb up one, traverse the other two and head down in one day? Yes, Joel wants to try this one day of course.



What have we been up to lately? Well, we went camping a couple of weekends ago. We were supposed to hike the next day, but unfortunately, the 1991 book I got from the library didn’t come through for us. Instead, we came across Cheesman Lake. It was pretty but not so great when compared to a lot of what is out here. Curiously, there were a number of males fishing really close together. I’ve never seen anything like that before.



Oh, and yet another reason to disbelieve our car’s miles per gallon calculator (this was on a very long downhill)…would you love to get 79 mpg?


We had a big snow last weekend, so Joel of course made us go sledding. :) Denver doesn’t quite have the hills that Nashville does, but we sure have the snow!


In other news, I went to Kansas City last week for 2 days. That was probably my last hurrah with UMPH, so on with my job search in Denver.

Free Day at the Denver Zoo!

There are many things I love about my wife, one being her excellent ability to find deals! She informed me last week that Sunday was a free day at the Denver Zoo. Now that’s the kind of deal I can get behind. So on Sunday we, along with the rest of Denver and half-a-million parents pushing giant strollers descended upon the zoo.

Highlights included:

  • Seeing a snow leopard. I would have tried to touch its tail if Lauren hadn’t stopped me.
  • Seeing camels…even the sad one with the flopped over humps (see below).
  • Not pushing a giant stroller. Ha!
  • Walking a mile to and from our car because parking was crazy!
  • Not paying a dime!


We love renting!

Although we were sad to leave our old house, have I mentioned that we love not owning one right now? We were having a “little” trouble with the water from the washing machine and kitchen backing up into the downstairs bathtub (gross). What do we do? Call the landlords! Although they had just gotten home from Spain a few hours before, they called the plumbers right away. Zero dollars later, we were good to go!