Friday, July 9, 2010

Colorado Chronicles : Boulder

I have traveled quite a bit in Colorado. It's a beautiful state with a lot to offer. One of my favorite cities in CO is snuggled up against the Flatirons (the foothills of the Rockies) and goes by the handle of Boulder. Located about 20 miles west of Denver on Highway 36, Boulder is a place to do stuff - lots of stuff. Pearl Street Mall is one of the busiest places in town. It's an open-air mall that is lined with shops of all stripes, good restaurants and street performers. The showplace of Boulder, in my mind, has to be the University of Colorado, or CU (why CU and not UC? I dunno). The CU Buffaloes play football at the on-campus Folsom Field. It's a magnificent campus in a splendid setting, surrounded by the Flatirons the west and by Boulder Creek  to the north. (Yes, I have fished Boulder Creek) Boulder is home to the McDonalds with the best view of any McD's, or any other eatery, I have ever visited. Boulder has unlimited year-round outdoors activities at your disposal. As mentioned above, Boulder Creek, where you can fish or kayak, is right at the edge of the CU campus and runs westward to source high in the Rockies through Boulder Canyon. Go up the canyon about 15 miles and just past Nederland is Eldora Ski Lodge. Denver is a short drive away, and there you can, depending on the season, catch the Colorado Rockies at the prettiest ball park in the Majors, Coors Field, the Broncos at Invesco at Mile High or the Nuggets or Avalanche in the Pepsi Center. Boulder is well worth the trip if you are headed to Colorado at any time of the year.

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