Monday, April 18, 2011

Native-ity

 Depending on where you live, there are just certain things I think it would be sad for you to miss.  For example, if you lived in New York, and had never seen the Statue of Liberty or a Broadway Musical, I think that would be just ... just sad.

I've been thinking a lot about the amazing place in which I live, and how much I love it here, and things I think it would be just sad to never do!

So here is my list of things that a Colorado Native should not miss.  You can see I have a ways to go!
  • Climb a 14er
  • Run the Bolder Boulder
  • Fish in the Colorado River
  • Drive over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in the autumn.
  • Tour the Coors plant in Golden
  • Go rafting on the Arkansas River
  • Pan for gold at a real gold mine
  • Ski @ Crested Butte (some would say Vail or Aspen... but people from here don't ski there)
  • Drive across Royal Gorge
  • See the dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans (heaven forbid we call them "Indian ruins") at Mesa Verde.
  • Attend a concert at Red Rocks ( Dan Fogelberg.  It was magical!)
  • Eat in the vault of the Broker Restaurant in downtown Denver
  • Four Wheel over Imogene Pass into Telluride  (NOT Black Bear Pass.  Too scary)
  • Go snowshoeing - pretty much anywhere
  • Stay at the haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
  • Ice Skate on Evergreen Lake
  • Ride the railroad from Silverton to Durango
  • Visit the Olympic Teams Training Center
This summer my goal is to cross 3 more things off my list - - I'll keep you posted.
If you're familiar with Colorado, what am I missing?  And if you're not, what's on the Must Do List for where you live?

19 comments:

goddessdivine said...

I didn't visit Alcatraz Island until after I moved away from the Bay Area. Sad, I know. But at least I did it eventually. I still haven't ridden a cable car though (the lines are always soooo long).

I've lived in Utah for awhile now and I still haven't been to Arches.

Barbaloot said...

Ooh---go rafting!! One of my favorite things!

jjstringham said...

Here's it's take in the view from the space needle. Luckily I can cross that one off my list. . . though eventually I want to help my kids cross it off their list. I also want to take a Duck Tour, but I'm afraid my kids will fall off the boat. :P

(by the way. . second post in a week. . . I'm in heaven! ;)

Jo said...

Thanks for the list!! I really want to get out and explore CO, since I'm not a native!!! If I find anything awesome, I'll send it your way!

Sarah said...

What about a Denver Broncos game or Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets? Even if sports aren't your thing, a real life pro game is fun stuff.

Randi said...

Oooo Sarah -- Good one! I have actually been to all 3 of those games. Most fun by far was the Nuggets game.
But the Rockies games are more plentiful and much cheaper.
Hmmmm...

Yvonne said...

That looks like a great list.

Can I just say I don't have a clue what a 14er is???

Good luck getting some of those things done--I'm sure you will.

Diana said...

no Garden of the Gods or Air Force Academy?

Randi said...

Yvonne a 14er is a 14000 foot mountain. There are 53 of them in Colorado, with varying degrees of difficulty.
Mt Evans is the closest to my house, but you can practically drive to the top of it. I've also been to the top of Pikes Peak... but neither mountain required much climbing.
I'd like to do something that's at least a little challenging!

Diana, can you tour the Air Force Academy? I've only been there once and it was for a football game! I do love Garden of the Gods

Stephanette said...

There's a couple of great 14ers by Salida, CO where I lived for a couple of summers. You could also raft the Arkansas there.

We drove across the Royal Gorge on our honeymoon. I was a mess. We want to take the train that goes through the bottom of the Royal Gorge - is that the same one you're talking about?

You come here and we'll do a whole list of must haves!

The Pollocks! said...

Hmmm. . . Great Sand Dunes? Denver Mint? Casa Bonita? =) Cave of the Winds or the Glenwood Canyon Cave (it's better than cave of the winds). The most GORGEOUS hike ever - Hanging Lake.
Yes, you can tour the AF academy. The chapel is the neatest thing!

Catherine said...

We started a goal last summer of hitting every park in Highlands Ranch. It seems there's a new park every which way you turn. We're still working on it. Your list sounds WAY more impressive. :)

Vern said...

I think you can also bungee jump off the Royal Gorge. Maybe instead of going to Sonic....

Jillybean said...

One time when we were in Denver, about 14 years ago, we ate at a steak restaurant that had a huge slide for the kids to play on, right in the middle of the restaurant!

You should totally go there.

The Pollocks! said...

That restaurant totally burned to the ground - then was rebuilt - then was closed down. Bummer - it was fun!

Randi said...

Oh the TrailDust Restaurant! Yes, that was a good one...

The Atomic Mom said...

I"m not from Colorado, but my DH served his mission there and we drive thru several times a year on the way back and forth from Grandma's house. Anyway, we always go thru Leadville, and I would love to go to the Mining Museum there and Boom Days. I'd also like to stop and shop at "Holy Toledo" in Minturn, CO. I know, it's silly, but it's in an old church and looks super cool.

Jennifer said...

Love the list!
You've never eaten in the VAULT?
Seriously?
And I would have to add 16th street Mall at Christmas time, & a Rockies Game!

Dave said...

dude, our (still at the conceptual phase) road trip to CO just got super awesomer!!!!!