We decided to spend several days in Denver Colorado. I chose to camp at my old stomping grounds…Chatfield State Park. The park looks very much the same as it did when I was a kid. The park has pay showers for $.50 for 3 min. And a great swim beach. It is $22 a night and even has laundry for $1.75 a load.
The kids did the jr ranger program here and earned their fifth Jr ranger badge. Their program book is actually the most in depth of all of them so far.
We spent the first day here walking around downtown and doing the tour of the Molly Brown house. Molly Brown house tour was around $30 for the 7 of us. However it was a really interesting tour and I’ve always wanted to so it so it was money well spent. It took about 45 minutes.
I was sad to see that the state capitol was being refurbished so the kids didn’t get to see the gold dome. However there was a major bike tour race so we did see that. It was fun walking around downtown Denver again with my family this time.
We ended that day by going for a late lunch-early supper. We went to my favorite restaurant as a kid…Casa Bonita. After going again as an adult it is still my favorite restaurant! The Mexican restaurant is a fantasy world for kids. There is cliff diving, gun fights, pirate fights, gorilla escapes, pinyata for the kids, puppet shows, and more. Adults eat for between $13 and $15 (all you can eat) and kids eat for $5. Drinks are just over $2 each and free refills. It is extremely affordable. If you want more stimulation you can purchase tokens for their arcade. As well they have a pirate cave you and your kids can explore. It is a fantastic place to go!
We spent our second day by first driving to Georgetown and then taking the train on the Georgetown loop and doing the tour of the old Lebanon Mine (a silver mine). It was super fun. It took about 3 hours and cost about $35 for adults and $27 for kids.
We decided to stop for lunch at a little place in Downtown Georgetown called the Happy Cooker. It was fantastic food.
Then we drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park and drove through the park stopping at the lookouts and stopping several times for hikes throughout.
It was a really fun day!
Today we spent the day at the beach here when we weren’t taking Jason to the airport to catch his flight home. It was super fun!