“And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky. The shadows from the starlight are softer than a lullaby. Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high.” – John Denver
Miles traveled: 67.7
While tired, I did not sleep well at all last night, so I went for a stroll around Breckenridge this morning and formulated a plan for the day while breathing in the fresh, thin, mountain air. I decided to spend my day in Denver, the mile-high city, and embrace my inner sports enthusiast-self. I kind of wanted to take it easy today, and as a huge sports fan, I was pretty happy with the agenda. My first stop of the day was Coors Field. Coors Field is a beautiful ballpark that is home to Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. I used to watch baseball all the time with my dad when I was much younger, and I remember watching some of the Rockies players from the late 90s and early 2000s, especially when they played the Braves. While I don’t watch it on TV too much these days (although I did when I lived in Baltimore because the Orioles were actually a pretty great team, so I got caught up in the excitement of the city), I do enjoy getting to a ballpark to catch a game every now and then. There’s just something about the nostalgia of the great American pastime!
While not a Rockies fan per say, I remember some of their great players like Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, and my favorite – number 17, Todd Helton. So really cool to get a behind the scenes look at where they played their home games. It a beautiful stadium, and as I walked through it I kept thinking, wow this really reminds me of Camden Yards – same feel, similar look and design (less the warehouse). Well it turns out both ballparks had the same architect – ya learn something new everyday! Some stats I learned today: the seating capacity is 50,480; the purple seats in the upper sections indicate those seats that are a mile high (so 5280 feet above sea level); the ballpark is completely paid for; it is the only one in the US to have it’s own brewery onsite; Andres Galarraga was the team’s first ever all-star; and if you are under the age of 12 or over the age of 65 you can purchase a ticket in the ‘rock pile’ for just $4. I can see my dad booking his flight to Denver now to get his hands on those cheap seats!!
My next stop, to continue the sports theme, was a visit to Sports Authority Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos. Although I am a Carolina Panthers fan (not always the most pain-free gig) and considering the last Broncos game I watched was terrible and ended in a food poisoning incident after waiting nearly a decade for a sandwich at a ‘restaurant’ that will remain unnamed, I am a fan of the Broncos and enjoy watching them play the game. Peyton Manning is ridiculously good, and so fun to watch – it’s too bad he’s at training camp and not at the field giving tours. Bummer. Anyways I digress. It is a great stadium, state-of-the-art facility, and apparently has the NFL-player-voted best visitors team locker room. Fun, random fact there for ya. It seats just over 76,000 (which is a mere 2 seats more than the old Mile High Stadium) and is also completely paid for. The only items brought over from the old stadium are the statue of Bucky the Bronco that sits on the scoreboard/jumbo-tron and the ring of fame. Pretty cool behind the scenes look of the stadium where quite a bit of football history has been made!
I headed to my new hotel (which was ultimately benefitting me tomorrow and shortening my 10 hour drive to 8), straightened up the jeep a bit, and took a little power nap after catching up on some emails and to-do items. Now, I tend to find Facebook to be a little annoying because of the amount of time it consumes by its users. It does however have advantages in that it can keep you connected with people you don’t always get to see on a regular basis – which really was its original intent, after all. Today was another great example of that! While seriously contemplating heading to see a live show at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater tonight, I got a message from a good friend (Melissa) that I used to work with at my most recent employer – she was also my professional mentor (and still is…I’m just funemployed at the moment) – saying she was in town for work! So we met up for dinner and drinks once she was out of her work function this afternoon at a little local place called Teller’s Taproom & Kitchen. It’s always great to catch up with Melissa and to share stories of “the good ole days” at AAI – when 95% of the dinner consists of laughing, you know it’s a darn good time! Great seeing Melissa – such a crazy world to be meeting up with her all the way out here in Colorado! So, thanks Facebook!
All in all – great day in Denver! Well tomorrow is a long, long day of nothing but driving. If some wild adventure takes place, I’ll be sure to blog about it later! (But I’d go ahead an lower your expectations on that!)
Until next time…