One thing led to another after post work drinks on Friday evening and we found ourselves downtown yet again. This time however we ended up in the VIP area of the annual Oktoberfest event.
This meant unlimited german beers and bratwurst for the evening. After having our fill we ended our night in the Mile High Spirits Distillery which is an impressive building and popular with the locals where they offer their own brand of spirits distilled on site.
Unfortunately they weren’t exactly the nicest of drinks but the atmosphere is worth it and of course there’s a Photo Booth for drunken photos!
Waking up bright and early the next morning we finally managed to get that hire car and made our way up into the mountains.
Our destination for the day was Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America. You hit Idaho Spring at 8,700ft which is when you begin the breathtaking route up to the top of the summit which stands tall at 14,240ft.
We were lucky enough to be catching the change in seasons which meant wonderful golden colours led the way until you start opening up on barren landscapes where the climate doesn’t lend itself to the bushy trees.
At this point the only sign of living forms are the mountain goats that scatter the tourist route.
Having not quite dressed for the occasion at the top, you really do feel the wind chill and the temperature drops dramatically as you finally step out of the car and look across the view. Getting accustomed to the altitude and lack of oxygen also is a struggle for those non-locals like us, be prepared!
After our long but spectacular drive it was time to make our way back down the mountain and head to nearer the hotel for some food.
We stopped at a place called The Fort which was recommended on trip advisor although was a tad smarter than expected and far too touristy for our liking, worth giving a miss.
Instead we targeted Bar-B-Que, Famous Dave’s where your mountain of food comes on dustbin lids.
Ribs, burnt ends, macaroni cheese and some greens was a lot to manage although went down a treat, moving afterwards was quite an effort.
Our final Sunday in Denver was spent making the most of brunch and popping to Snooze – a favourite with the locals as we had to wait an hour for a table!
After working through the long old menu I opted for the lox style salmon and cream cheese served over toasted rye and topped with poached egg, cream cheese hollandaise, sundried tomatoes and caper relish. All came with a wonderful house hash brown that was delicious.
One of our group went for the banana pancakes which were huge, but had to be done in the US!
Now this was great fuel for our day’s adventure, zip lining across the Royal Gorge. One of our clients kindly offered to take us on the 2hr drive south to Royal Gorge for a first for me!
The set up was wonderful, you have 9 zip lines, starting with some smaller ones and getting bigger and bigger.
The longest line is 1002′ and you pick up speeds of 45mph as you jump straight from one to the other. The added bonus was the sunshine and looking out across the views.
Having never done it before I was a little apprehensive but there is nothing to be scared of, you feel very secure strapped in and can just enjoy the ride.
I won’t bore you anymore with talk of Denver but if you do get the chance to go out in Summer or Winter grab it and give the city a go!