We hadn’t done much exploring of the Denver area as I was back visiting in Detroit and Gary was bonding with the kitty. So, now it is time to get out and about and see some things.
We are located just a couple of miles from a station on Denver’s light rail system, so we took the opportunity to ride it into the downtown rather than driving. That was a good call. It was a efficient and modern system that saved us the hassle of navigating the city streets and parking.
We went to the Denver US Mint, but were very disappointed that all the slots for tours for the entire months of June and July already were taken. We would like to have seen a factory that can make as many as 50 million coins a day. Gary at least got an amazing deal on souvenirs. They had a machine dispensing uncirculated quarters, four for a dollar.
We then walked over to see the famous gold dome of the Colorado State Capitol Building. Oops, it is closed for renovation including new gold leaf. On one of the steps leading into the Capitol, you are at an elevation of exactly 5,380 feet. Denver really is the mile-high city.
It certainly wasn’t our best city tour but we were able to sample some good brews at some small breweries, especially as we were walking and riding the train.