Thursday, November 14, 2013

AOSA Denver Day 2

Michael and I found the perfect place for breakfast this morning, Sam's #3 Cafe, just a few blocks west along the Pedestrian Mall (16th Street).  A hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage gravy, and biscuits got the day started perfectly.
A herd of buffalo along 16th Street
 We walked to the end of the mall, boarded a shuttle and rode it all the way to the east end and then back to the Visitor Information Center.  There we found lodgings for the 4 days after conference and booked three day trips into the Rockies and around the Denver area.  

The afternoon found us on a tour bus going around the city seeing the sights.  Almost everywhere along the way we were able to view or glimpse the Rocky Mountains, a constant reminder of where we are and how beautiful this place on earth really is.  (Except for the Canadian Geese... watch your step...)
Michael talks to the driver of the red Gray Line bus.

We stopped at Mile High stadium, the Martin Luther King statue, Unsinkable Molly Brown's house and museum, and the State Capital building.  We didn't get to see the golden dome ($377,000,000 worth of gold leaf is in the process of being installed) but we were able to walk around and gawk at the inside.  Beautiful, old, stone architecture....

The Conference began for us after the tour as we began meeting up with friends, registering, and then dinner at Bubba Gumps.

After dinner we met up with Tom and Bonny, our fellow CeltOrff band mates.  CeltOrff started up in Spokane in 2010 when we all found each other and discovered our mutual love of Celtic music.  Bonny and I met at the AOSA in Louisville in '03 and played together in the closing ceremony.  We had promised each other to get together for a Jam but it didn't happen until '10. So here we are! We jammed till about 9:30 and promised each other that we'd get together at lunch times or whenever could grab a moment away from the conference.
Bonny Lundin-Scheer, Tom Wilson, and Brent Holl - The CeltOrffs

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