Here we are once again in Denver Colorado. We find ourselves here thanks to the internship Kristen has decided to take for the summer while pursuing her MBA. The Company offered her a weekend to explore the area and also hear some folks from the company speak and ask questions to get a better feel about the company. I on the other hand am just tagging along.
![blogPics](/static/img/149/mountain_city.jpg "View from Mt Falcon")
We came in this weekend with really no plans other than to generally explore and scope out the area. And it turns out there is plenty to do around here without planning. There are lots of great restaurants, museums and other places to tour, hikes that aren't an hour and a half outside the city, and plenty of activities like biking and running trails - and likely things we have mentioned before in our previous Denver post. However on this trip we did do some hiking, it was a bit different as we got to hang out with an old friend from our younger years who went to a neighboring high school - Chris. He was a great host and showed us around some of the surrounding areas of LODO (Lower Downtown) and took us on a nice hike up Mount Falcon which was only a 20 or so minute drive outside downtown. And then took us to a great BBQ place called AJ's BBQ Pit. And that was some Delicious BBQ and sides - highly recommend it if you are in the area!
![blogPics](/static/img/149/chris.jpg "Hiking with Chris!")
Finishing up the weekend, Kristen ran 10 miles on one of the many trails with one of her friends who was also at the experience and grabbed some lunch at the nearby whole foods.
I on the other hand have a much later flight so I reached out to a buddy of mine - Cory, whom I've known since kindergarten - and I met up with him and his Girlfriend Courtney and did a hike in Boulder called "Sanitas Valley Trail" which was a good 3.2 mile loop that offered some awesome views of Boulder and off in the distance a glance of downtown Denver.
![blogPics](/static/img/149/cory.jpg "Hiking with Cory!")
Afterward we went Back to Denver and hung out at Cheesman Park and had a late lunch of "Snarfs" ( a local sandwich shop that was pretty good) and then rode electric unicycles. I also learned some techniques on how to juggle clubs (Cory is very in to juggling and flow arts). After which we said our goodbyes and I made my way back to the airport to catch my flight.
![blogPics](/static/img/149/unicycles.jpg "Riding Electric Unicycles!")
As I spend more time out here, you really can see that the city is growing immensely, and the reasons why are visible. Its city that has the business of a big city, some areas are even relaxed, the mountains are 20 minutes away and the weather is sunny quite often and very bearable. its easy to get away from things if you need to and everything you need is here.