The first day, Sunday, we browsed around downtown Golden and stopped at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. The exhibit featured challenge quilts made with RMQM fabric (lovely) as well as an art quilt exhibit (so-so). On the second day, being more acclimated to the high altitude, we headed up Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill's grave and museum. On the way down, we hoped to see some buffaloes which often hang out by the interstate. No luck, unfortunately!
We visited Red Rocks Amphitheater and had a great lunch. Tuesday, we visited the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, had lunch at the Capital Grill (Jacqueline's first buffalo burger!), and did a little shopping. Wednesday found us on the road for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. Isn't it beautiful with Pike's Peak as a background? Jacqueline (below right) was just amazed at the view, especially the snow.
Thursday, we met my sister Jenny and her friend Mart for lunch at the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder. Although Mart's apartment was a total loss and her car needs extreme cleaning, she was pretty chipper about the whole flooding experience. Parts of Boulder are fine; parts are devastated. Much of the worst flooding is north of the city, so we walked down Pearl St. and enjoyed the buskers and sun.
Friday was a surprisingly rainy day, so we visited the Colorado History Museum in downtown Denver. Many school groups cleared out at lunchtime, leaving a relatively peaceful set of exhibits to enjoy. You could go into a simulation of a mine shaft, open a buffalo statue to see how body parts were used, learn about Native Americans in Colorado, and learn about the Japanese internment near Granada during World War II. Having read quite a few books about the latter, that was my favorite exhibit.