Red Rocks Park is just 10 miles outside the city center of Denver, Colorado. These iconic red sandstone structures are home to an outdoor amphitheater that dates back to the 1940s and several hiking trails. The jagged configuration of rocks is known as a fountain formation. It’s believed to be between 290 and 340 million years old. The rocks themselves are red because the iron oxide they are made of has “rusted” or oxidized with exposure to the elements.
The second stop on my Denver 30th birthday road trip was Golden, Colorado. What an awesome little town! Most would say it’s known for being the home to Coors, but I’ll stick it to the Poor-Tasting-Beer-Man and tell you that it’s home to the sweet little brewery that proudly heralds the honor of being the 2nd biggest brewery in Golden–Golden City Brewery. The main street in the middle of this tiny western town is full of life and character. There’s […]
Happy belated birthday to me! I spent my 30th birthday celebrating with a quick road trip around Colorado. I started in Denver, stayed at the Aloft, ate kimchi fries at Stout Street Social right next door, took an uber to Linger to enjoy a few pints at the rooftop bar, and had an awesome paella dinner at El Five (that had an awesome view of the city).
From San Francisco to Fort Jones, CA–it was a beautiful road trip. I spent the first 24 hours in the bay area. Here are a few of the joints I hit up: Park Central Hotel–talk about a room with a hell of a view. I could see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower from my bed! Dandelion Chocolate Coffee–where you can grab a cup a joe and something sweet to nibble on Brenda’s French Soul Food–a New Orleans […]
It’s the 55th year that Chicago has dyed its river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The folks in the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union spray a secret potion (that’s supposedly environmentally friendly) in the river, Ghostbuster style. It’s pure chaos and a ton of fun.
I’ve been to Miami plenty of times in my lifetime to visit my Cuban grandparents. They lived in a sweet little Spanish-style house with terracotta tiles and a pale blue swimming pool. Every morning started with a strong dose of Cuban coffee and very smushed, very buttered bread that had been toasted between flat sides of a panini press. I miss that little house and my Abuela knocking as hard as she could on the table to indicate she was […]
If you have 24 hours to kill in Miami, here’s a few suggestions around South Beach: Take a dip in the ocean along the 4 miles of beach. Kill two birds with one stone, grab brunch and watch a drag show at the same time at The Palace. Stroll along Ocean Drive to take in the weirdness and the entertainers. We stopped in at Ocean’s Ten and really enjoyed the band. They only have 2 stars on yelp, but it really […]
Just south of the tiny German town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stands the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, at 9,718 feet above sea level. Zugspitze was most likely derived from the German word zugbahnen meaning avalanche paths. You can hike to the top or take a cable car. (I bet you can guess which one I did.) Once you’ve reached the peak, there are a few places to eat and drink. Don’t be a fool and forget a good pair of pants. Despite the warm weather down […]
Near the sweet little town of Garmisch Partenkirchen lies the Partnach Gorge, carved by a mountain river. It’s over 2,000 feet long and up to 260 feet deep. A winding foot path leads you along the side of the rushing waters, through caves and carved rock. It’s the kind of overwhelming nature that makes you feel 3 inches tall (which I think is a healthy thing to feel every once in a while to put humans in their proper place).