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ansate in Denver is doing 7 things including…

explore my city

14 cheers

 

ansate has written 9 entries about this goal

i'm going to move this to 43 places

(which is a bitch to use… but mostly due to the chicken and egg problem.)

I think I’m motivated enough to do this that I don’t need to have it be a goal on here.



32nd street shops

I totally neglected to take photos

but:

perfectly happy neighborhoody pizza place – does deep dish by the slice, but didn’t have any ready and we were hungry

good used bookstore with a smidge too much character. after a thorough exploration i was definitely ready to leave. (our first colorado used bookstore!)

coffee shop with free wireless and hippie chai that sucked. but they passed the macchaito test and they have lots of space.

chocolatier that was closed. :(

very cute neighborhood!



Botanical Gardens

http://www.botanicgardens.org/pageinpage/home.cfm

I’ll be honest – this was kind of boring. It was a really pretty day. It was a LOT of walking. I think mostly my crowd was more interested in things we could actually plant one day – we might have got more out of going to a really well stocked nursery.

It was pretty, there was just a lot of it. Probably the most fun was reading the funny names of the plants. Surprisingly, I think I liked the Japanese garden best – that may just be because I found out that I really like birches there.

I’m glad we went, and I’d rather have done this than gone to a movie – but I’d rather have gone to an art museum. (Both of which are under construction, with most of the art in storage. :( )



getting lost in boulder

well – this was not really a good experience. It’s nice to have learned that street parking is free after 6 – but driving around for 20 minutes to find some balanced that out. It was kind of a crappy experience, and it’s going to make me a lot more hesitant to drive into boulder without specific parking instructions.



this is more like "explore my state"

I’ve finally been up into the mountains! It’s gorgeous, but driving in it is scary. Next time: Ski Train!



Butterfly Pavillion

http://www.butterflies.org/

YAY! It’s just down the road, so we’ve been looking for an excuse to go there since we got here. It’s a pretty small, very interactive museum(?). There lots of bug stuff, and you can hold some of the creepy crawlies (like tarantulas) (we weren’t that brave.) There’s a water invertibrate section, and you can touch some of the starfish and things. There’s a section with big, cheezy animatronic bugs, and displays you can play with to see how bug mouths and noises work. And then there’s a huge, warm, humid room full of butterflies.



wander downtown

Man, it’s nice to live in a city that has a fun downtown. We walked around so much it counts as exercise. Had passable cajun food (I get to be picky about this one damn it.) and good gelato (but they’re coffee flavor just wasn’t up to it.. ) Made a vague attempt to find the Modern Art museum (there was 1 sign) but didn’t see anything promising.

Another day in beautiful Colorado.



Kimbell Art Museum

Admission: Free

Small collection, but we are getting the hang of going to museums together – making it a together thing where we talk about things we like and why we like them; try to figure out what paintings are about; avoid the big annoying groups together. It was fun.

And the fancy ass windup toys I couldn’t find in the US online? Check their giftshop (do not appear to be available online though.. )

Next stop: the Science Place. I miss Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.



Dallas Museum of Art

Going to museums is going to take some practice. Apparently we don’t understand things like: special exhibits may have an additional fee to view, lots of things listed on the map may simply not be there, pointing over barriers still far enough away that you can’t possibly touch things can set off an alarm, and getting lost is part of the adventure.

But! we did figure out parking, which was one of the big worries. Good time once we got into it.. but the total lack of art on the first floor + the stairs not being marked on the map made it a little hard to get into at first… (really, their map was totally useless)

I feel more cultured already



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