We awoke in Colby, Kansas, ate a terrific breakfast at the hotel and got in the car headed for Denver. We passed a lot of dry prairies, dotted with cows.
After a few hours, we entered Colorado.
Soon after, we hit downtown Denver.
The drought has certainly affected Denver as well. There were many signs that they were being water conscious, like this billboard, and a sign at a restaurant that they were only serving water upon request.
Ironically, the day we arrived, it was cloudy, overcast and slightly raining! We spent our day in Denver with our wonderful aunt mostly outside enjoying the gorgeous weather. After days packed full of touring, it was nice to have a day to relax and take it easy.
We stopped to eat at some of Denver’s fun eateries, where we had these delicious crepes.
Denver has some California influence with its eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle emphasis. In one restaurant we were given a special menu for those following a gluten-free diet.
In the evening, we headed toward downtown Denver where the city’s July 3rd celebration was being held. The city was in full-on party mode. It was a beautiful desert night. The rain from earlier in the day had subsided and people were out enjoying the party atmosphere.
As for us, we learned from past experience that the easiest way to view 4th of July fireworks with children is from a hotel room. The kind staff at the Denver Sheraton helped us find a great room on the 8th floor and we settled in for a wonderful show.
My son was especially thrilled to see his first fireworks show, tapping on the window excitedly with each explosion.
After such excitement, it was tough for the children to settle into bed but we had an early start the next morning awaiting us.
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