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A Taste Of Colorado; My Home Town

Updated on April 15, 2020
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I am a mother of three wonderful adult children, and I'm also a born-again Christian. I love to share my personal experiences.

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Known For Its Beautiful Rocky Mountains

This is the place that I was born and raised in, and I have remained here during my life. Although I like to see more of other states as well. Colorado is a place that I will always take pride in. I will be sharing just a little about the wonders of Colorado, there are just so many to talk about and cannot be done in one lens.

It has grown more than I really wanted it to as far as people are concerned. I miss the highways when they were not so congested, but all in all it offers a multitude of places to experience and to see.

We are known for the unpredictable weather here (we make jokes about it), you have to live here to understand. Just make sure if you visit you always have a tee shirt or sweater with you. :)

I grew up in a small town about ten minutes away from Denver. My parents managed to get us out of the projects, a horrible place for children to grow up in (every State has one of these places), although I have heard that it has improved quite a bet in recent years and has an entirely different character and vibe. I feel growing up where my parents raised me was a very peaceful place to raise a family. We were very much connected to the neighbors and we looked out for one another.

The mountains are one of my fondest memories, I said one of, not the only one. I loved going to the mountains. I still do in fact. It is so beautiful, such amazing and spectacular scenery, and some of the best in the world. A lot of choices to go to if you're visiting and/or also a resident. As for myself I enjoy the various camping sites and the walking paths, or hiking up a small mountain.

There is so much to share as far as living in 'Colorful Colorado', so once again it won't be enough to just share on one lens, it can take a book. Just a few ideas of what you are missing if you haven't visited the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.



Aspen Colorado

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Aspen is known for its beautiful ski slopes but that isn't all there is to Aspen, there are so many special events that go on year around in Aspen. Just to name a few; the art festivals, film, music, culinary festivals, etc.

There are sports in and out of season. The cyclist USA Pro Challenge. Not to mention the numerous wine and dine restaurants, within a lovely comfortable atmosphere.

You can also visit local boutiques, with trendy retailers. Aspen's alleyways and subterranean spaces are home to charming storefronts and gorgeous art galleries.

Seven days a week there are post ski parties. There are plenty of places to go hiking and biking. With beautiful rivers along side of them.

If you don't ski that's ok too because there are snowmobile tours, snow shoeing , sleigh rides, and cross country skiing. Aspen is a beautiful place to visit and a memory to last a lifetime. From the sights to the active lifestyle. A very diverse place to visit with people from all around the world.

The Mountains In Colorado - Will Take Your Breath Away

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In and out of season the mountains in Colorado are known for their breathtaking beauty in all four seasons of the calendar year. If you want to get closer to our Creator this place is a place to experience the beauty of His artwork, by His own hand. It is amazing! It gives you the feeling of serenity and peace.

We also have other ski villages like Aspen all over the state. From Beaver Creek / Vail, Breckenridge, and Steamboat Springs. Just to name a few.

Six Flags - Elitch Gardens

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This can be a very fun place for adults and children to go to. This amusement park isn't Disney World or Disney Land by any means, but it sure does make for fun with all the different rides and entertainment that goes on at Elitch Gardens. Located on I-25 in Denver, right off the freeway.

It was a treat when I was growing up to be able to go to Elitch Gardens, now called Six Flags. It was at a different location off Federal Blvd before being bought by Six Flags and moving to its current location. This particular amusement park was more expensive in comparison to Colorado's other amusement park by the name of Lakeside. So it wasn't very often that we got to go to this one growing up.

Known for its events, I have seen shows there that are very entertaining. During the Halloween month they have an awesome haunted house that is so realistic that it scared the pants off of my daughter, remember that is just an expression so don't take it literally please. :)

There are a lot of rides to pick from but at my age I am getting tired of hanging upside down, not to mention being sore afterwards. But hey we are as old as we feel right? No seriously if you are going to be in Colorado this is another attraction that you might want to stop by and experience. I am sure the kiddos would love it. Ah heck I am an adult and I still enjoy it.

If you like turkey legs to chow on they make some really great ones, of course there are other restaurants within the park to choose from. If you are like me you may want to check some places out where you can eat at before you go in and just have a snack while you are there. Especially if you're going to be riding on the rides, there are plenty of rides available for the small child to the adult to choose from.


Denver Ocean Journey

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My daughter and I decided to visit Ocean Journey one sunny summer afternoon. Since we weren't going anywhere outside of our home town, in other words we weren't going on a vacation. So the kind a person I am, I felt bad that I couldn't take her anywhere so I had to make it up to her by taking her somewhere special.

Being that I haven't experienced Ocean Journey myself I decided that it would be a nice place to finally experience together, and take a look at what was there, besides fish that is.

Well it wasn't very difficult to find a parking place of (course we decided to visit on a week day), so I imagine that it wasn't really all that packed as it would be on weekends.

I was feeling kind of lost at first not knowing where to go but then I noticed the signs that pointed you in the right direction. I saw a lot of fish in large aquariums, beyond beautiful as well as extremely colorful ones.

We saw snakes and small reptiles. Then in a long hallway there was glass all around where sharks were swimming over your head and all around you, now that was a sight to see.

They also had man made mermaids and I thought that was rather cute, but I pictured them looking more mermaid (if you know what I mean), but then again what did I expect out of a family entertaining space like this.

There was a restaurant within the place but after seeing the cost I told my daughter that we 'will pass', and we would get something to eat after the tour.

There is a tiger now added as a new addition, I hear it is a wonderful sight to see. I am going to be honest I did expect the tour to be longer but then again that was quite a while back and I am sure that they have added a lot more to the space.

Denver Ocean Journey

Jacques Cousteau Odyssey

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The Denver Zoo

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I can't even count the amount of times that I have been to the Denver Zoo. I have lost track of how many times, has to be dozens. But this zoo always has something new to offer. I have been to a couple of other zoo parks as well. In Colorado Springs they have a really nice one there. But the Denver Zoo is closer to home.

Right next door to the zoo is an IMAX theater and a Museum of Natural History, right in the same park. I have been to all of these places quite a few times and they all have a lot to offer as far as the experience goes.

Klondlike & Snow

This is a very touching story about two cubs who were abandoned by their mother and were raised by human caretakers at the Denver Zoo. There is a documentary on this story but I heard that the book is also very touching. Showing the interaction of animals with humans.

The Last Drive Inn - In Colorado

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The 88th Drive Inn Is the last outside theater left in the state of Colorado. It makes me sad to think that all of them are disappearing around our nation. Especially because this is one of my favorite memories while growing up. I remember always going to the movies at an outside theater, the Drive Inn movies.

Sometimes it could be more fun this way because it is only a family (or possible date nite) get together in a vehicle, and it is a more private affair between you and whomever you go with. You don't have to worry about talking too loud because someone is sitting in front of you or behind you, you can choose the volume that you prefer, etc.

You are also able to take your own snacks and drinks. Or buy it in their concession stand as well, but at least you have the choice. Save the Drive Inn there just aren't that many that exist anymore. Don't let it only be a memory of yesteryear.

Colorado

Do you think you would want to visit Colorado someday? - If you have already then tell us about it.

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      LorLinda 

      7 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @kimmie1967: Are you serious? I didn't know that we had other drive inn movies elsewhere in Colorado. I thought that there was only one that survived, that is great!

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      kimmie1967 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! I too was born and raised in Colorado, although I am from the western slope. I Love Colorado and it will always be home. I have moved away a couple times but always come home. I do have to correct you on one thing though, we have two drive in movie theaters about an hour from where I live in two really small towns.

      Wonderful photos and nicely written.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Loved living in the Denver area as a kid! I enjoyed the photos here.

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      Carol Houle 

      7 years ago from Montreal

      No turkey legs for me, thanks, Lorlinda, However your passion for your state led me me to read your lens. Thanks for sharing that.

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      RinchenChodron 

      7 years ago

      I also live in Denver. I expected this site to be about the Taste of Colorado Labor day event. You have found some great Public Domain photos.

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      Klinetka 

      7 years ago

      What a great lens. It makes me wanna go there :-)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Good stuff here. I live just north of CO in the great state of WY. I was just down at Elitch this weekend for a son's birthday. We had a great time.

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      LadyDuck 

      7 years ago

      I have never visited Colorado, but the photo you posted are so beautiful I really want to make a trip there.

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      therebirth 

      7 years ago

      HEVE TO GO THERE! OH YES!

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      therebirth 

      7 years ago

      HEVE TO GO THERE! OH YES!

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      dharmapunk76 

      7 years ago

      I have lived most of my life off and on in Colorado, in fact it was the 80003 area. Reading your lens has brought back a lot of great memories for me. Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I sure do now....what wonders you have unfolded and the images you are using are vividly spectacular....very inviting all and all....look for tourism to go up! Congratulations on home page honors....time for the dance of joy for this beautifully presented in every way labor of lovely! :)

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      RazzbarryBreeze 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. I love Colorado. I was there many years ago visiting Evergreen. I had a wonderful time. We visited many attractions.Red Rocks and so many other places including the Denver Zoo. It was simply beautiful there! Have a great day!

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      JeremyBentham LM 

      7 years ago

      The sky just looks amazing!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I lived in Colorado (Lakewood, Colorado Springs, Denver) most of my adult life and loved it. It is the best place to live, in my opinion.

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      shanemckinney 

      7 years ago

      Woo, It's so beautiful, great lens.

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      Greathaul2013 

      7 years ago

      Colorado just might be the best state to live in the US. My college buddies and I used to make a couple trips to Pagosa Springs/Wolf Creek every year, and it was always a blast.

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      Meganhere 

      7 years ago

      I would love to go to Colorado! Nice lens!

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      cassieann 

      7 years ago

      What perfect timing to come across your Colorado lens! My fiance and I just booked flights to Denver for July 5th. We will be heading to Silverton and Durango, probably into New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and then back into Colorado. This is a first time visit for me and I am quite exited. Hope to check into ziplining too. Your state is a beautiful state and I have always wanted to visit Colorado and Wyoming. We did travel to Wyoming and now it is off to Colorado. Great lens - thanks for making it.

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      Mommy-Bear 

      7 years ago

      I traveled all over the States in my teens and just waiting for my kids to be just a little older and I want to take them on a proper road trip. And yes Colorado is breathtaking. Thanks for the memories.

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