I flew to Denver, August 10, 2013, with Southwest Airlines. I checked in and got my boarding pass. I had a compact waiting from E-Z Rent-A-Car. I had my Mastercard, drivers license & proof of insurance.
I checked into the Ramada on E. Colfax and hung out on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. There were shops and restaurants. I bought a T-shirt at the Hard Rock Cafe and told the girl about my song, "Save The Planet."
17th Street is Denver's financial district, the Wall Street of the West. The Cash Register Building is the Wells Fargo Center, and I walked around it. I wanted to tour the Denver Mint, but settled for seeing it out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving town.
Denver was founded in 1858. It is called the Mile High City because it is 5280 feet above sea level. I-25 runs north and south. I-70 runs east and west. Denver is in the Mountain Time Zone.
The Rocky Mountains have minerals, and mining is important to Denver's economy. There are companies related to energy and the space program.
I drove north to Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The Perseid meteor shower was clouded out. I cannot control nature. I found the observatory and listened to a lecture about planets with the local club. I slept in McDonald's parking lot.
I toured Rocky Mountain National Park. We drove Trail Ridge Road to the Continental Divide, the point from which water flows west into the Pacific and east into the Atlantic. I stood at the sign marking the Divide.
We stopped at the Alpine Visitors Center 12,000 feet up. The view was rough. It was windy and chilly. Thunder and lightning were in the distance.
Trail Ridge Road is 48 miles long, the highest paved road in the country. Our guide talked geology: glaciers and moraines. Moraines are debris left by glaciers. He spoke of tree lines and tundra. Tundra is treeless.
I stayed at the Discovery Lodge in Estes Park. I watched Little Big Town host the CMA Music Fest. I drove by the Stanley Hotel, built by F.O. Stanley of Steamer fame.
From Estes Park, it is an hour and 20 minutes back to Denver. I dropped the car off, checked in at Southwest, found my gate and flew to Nashville.