Mar 19

Denver Museum of Art

On my rainy day in Denver after visiting the Colorado History Museum and CELL it was time to walk one more block and see some art.  I was a bit weary about this museum, as it seemed to be heavy in contemporary art. I’m just a bit skeptical about contemporary art because I’ve seen too much art that seems more like someone was high and had a “brilliant” idea then like art.

While there was some contemporary art, some good, some not so good, there was a wide variety of art in the museum.  I really enjoyed some of the paintings of scenes from around the state, gave that local touch.  There was also European art and African art and Oceanic art, Photography and Asian art. Basically, there is a something for everyone at this museum and it’s quality art too, in my non-expert opinion.

If you’re looking for some non-nature activities to do in Denver, since Colorado seems to be the “go outside and do stuff state,” then this museum will meet anyone’s interests.  The museum is actually quite beautiful by itself, with an open and airy feel to it.

Mar 05

CELL (Terrorism Museum and Learning Center)

 Being interested in terrorism, a by-product of having your city attacked, I was intrigued when I saw the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) in the museum area of Denver.  Thecell.org

Their description is “The only one of its kind, The CELL’s exhibit is a dynamic, interactive experience with content developed by world-renowned experts that provides visitors with an in-depth understanding of the history of terrorism, the methods terrorists employ and the extent to which terrorism impacts societies around the world.”

I think it’s a perfect description.

The lab is self-guided and is very natural the way it is set up.  None of that guessing about where to go or what to do that you sometimes end up doing at a museum or exhibit.  It’s high tech, educational and powerful.

You start with some history of terrorism, and then move into some of the tools of the trade.  I now know what an RPG looks like. After that they lab moves into the area of who might be a terrorist and signs to look for in terrorist activity and of course the best way to report it.

The exhibit is suggested for 14 and over.  However, I would caution that you have to know that 14-year-old child.  I wouldn’t suggest it for my own 14-year-old nephew. Some exhibits are just a little too violent or real and may be too much for them.

Feb 07

Heavy Breathing in Colorado

I’ve been a skier in the past and on many an occasion I have taken trips that took me into mountains and high altitudes.  I never noticed the altitude unless I was doing something strenuous.  And then I went to Breckenridge.

With the town at 12,000 feet and the surrounding mountains even higher, I was absolutely feeling the altitude.  Little things like eating and drinking were leaving me short of breath.  It was crazy.

Fortunately I wasn’t doing anything strenuous while there, but it did throw me off mentally to feel my body working so hard to do something so simple, like breathe.

What are some symptoms of altitude sickness?

Headache

Fatigue

Stomach illness

Dizziness

Sleep Disturbance

Lack of appetite

Shortness of Breath

Nosebleeds

 

How do you avoid altitude sickness? Slow ascents, avoid strenuous activities, and keep yourself hydrated.

Have you even suffered from altitude sickness?

This blog is not intended as medical advice, if you are traveling to a high altitude you should consult with a physician to discuss any medical concerns you might have.

 

 

Feb 05

Colorado History Museum

After gallivanting through the state of Colorado I finally finished with a day in Denver, a rainy day in Denver.  It was time to visit museums.  My first stop was the Colorado History Museum.

The museum is only a few months old and was recommended by my friend and Trip Advisor.  While I thought the museum was better geared towards children, it would certainly appeal to adults too.  For children I would suggest middle school age, plus or minus a year or two.

The museum told the stories of the early Colorado settlers, skiing, Native American’s, Japanese and a few more topics.  It’s a self-guided tour with a variety of video and wall card things to tell the story.

 As much as I enjoyed the museum, it is geared towards a younger crowd who will have fun while being educated.  But adults can also have some fun and learn too. They may find themselves skipping one or two smaller pieces or exhibits as they’re obviously designed for kids. But otherwise they’ll be able to fill and hour or two in this museum. Words of caution though, there are quite a few school groups during the week. Although they are well managed by the staff, you may find exhibits getting over run at times.

 

Dec 18

The Lodge and Spa At Breckenridge

While staying at Breckenridge I wanted a hotel with a view of the mountains, really, why stay in the mountains off-season and not see the mountain?  That brought us to The Lodge and Spa and Breckenridge.

The hotel is located across from the Breckenridge ski area, giving a great view of the mountain.  It had a great rustic Colorado mountain resort feel to it, with fireplaces, wood, and wood smell. The staff was friendly and helpful, making for a warm welcome.

Our room obviously wasn’t newly renovated, but it worked. The room had two beds, a desk with chairs, and a dresser that all matched.  The armoire though was a dark wood, which was odd and out of place, but also offered storage and a place for our flat screen TV.   I guess you can’t have everything.

We also had a balcony, allowing us an unobstructed view of the mountains with privacy.  The roof of it also shielded us from the snow. Unfortunately the snow also meant clouds were obstructing out view of the ski resort; fortunately, the weather cleared a bit in the morning.

When we checked in we were offered a visit to the spa and made appointments for massages.  The spa area, including the gym, which was not the most modern, but certainly did the job.  My massage was great, but my friend said hers was too strong, even after she asked the girl to go lighter.  Not sure what to say about that, other then I guess its luck of the draw like any time you go to a new place. In addition to the fitness center they also had hot tubs on the deck.

The hotel does include breakfast, a typical continental breakfast with a great view from the room of the mountains.  The hotel did also offer Wi-Fi throughout the hotel (a new feature).

If you’re going during the winter to ski I’m not sure this is the best place, as it’s up a big hill and a distance from the ski area. There does seem to be some sort of shuttle in the area so that may make it an easy ride. But if you just want to relax in the area, this is a nice lodge with great views.