Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Denver - June 1, 2008 (33)

Denver Vacation

We had a short vacation to Denver, escaping the monsoon rains in Calgary for some sunshine. We left Calgary on May 31 and returned on June 8.

Denver - "Mile High City"

Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5280 feet or 1609.344 m) above sea level. ...

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of the City and County of Denver was 588,349 on 2007-07-01, making it the 26th most populous U.S. city. The 5-county Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2007 population of 2,464,866 and ranked as the 21st most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical area, and the 12-county Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area had an estimated 2007 population of 2,998,878 and ranked as the 17th most populous U.S. metropolitan area. The 18-county Front Range Urban Corridor had a estimated 2007 population of 4,166,855. It is also the second largest city in the Mountain West after Phoenix. The city claims to have the 10th largest central business district in the United States.

[from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver]

For comparison, Calgary is 1,048 metres (3,440 ft) - so just a bit over a kilometer. "Kilometer High City" doesn't have the same ring to it as "Mile High City" - does it? Calgary's population is about one million.

As noted, we flew out of Calgary on May 31 at the civilized hour of about 11:30 and arrived about 2 1/2 hours later in Denver. Denver is in the same time zone as Calgary so we didn't have the big adjustment we had when we went to New Zealand. We didn't do much for the rest of Saturday other than to visit with Elaine, Joe's sister who lives in Denver and with whom we stayed.

Sunday, June 1 we spent a bit of time at Cherry Creek Mall close to downtown Denver.

Apparently City Park Jazz is a Denver tradition where every Sunday evening during the summer a jazz band plays in Denver's City Park. We decided it would be a nice way to spend the evening so went on down to the park. The featured band on June 1 was 3oCity. There does not seem to be a website for this band, so you'll just have to imagine a lively jazz trio playing jazz!

We left around 17:00 and stayed until it was just getting dark. The pix show the progression of daylight to dusk.

Fountain in City Park, Denver. There was a lot of green algae in the water, which was not so attractive, but the fountain is nice.

Canada geese in Denver.

Family of ducks.

Looking toward the band shell.

The band - I thought I got a better pix of them, but apparently not...

Crowd shot and audio board (for Joe!).

Crowd shot and fountain.

Elaine and Joe.

Cormorants in a tree - very odd! Nowhere near the ocean!

Kite flying.

So there you have it! June 1 in Denver - a very fine day.

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