On our last day, we decided to go check out some other major sites. Our first stop was Red Rocks Park. This place was pretty spectacular for several reasons. The first thing you notice is that there are a ton of people in the park on the weekends for group fitness activities. There were so many people working out it in one place, it was pretty motivating. If i lived in the area, i might find myself here on the weekends.
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver0.jpg "Red Rock Ampitheatre") Another cool part is that once you are on top of the amphitheatre, you can actually look down the landscape and see these red rocks jutting out for miles. It is a really spectacular site!
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver1.jpg "Outside Red Rock") we walked around on some of the trails for a bit and then headed to our next location for the day - Lookout Mountain.
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver2.jpg "Red Rock Mountains") On top of lookout mountain we got to see something i hadn't even considered yet. We could see the transition from the great plains to the rocky mountains. Just thinking about this made me think back to my times in grade school learning about geography. You could also see some different features of earth we just don't see often on the east coast - plateaus.
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver3.jpg "View From Look Out Mountain") From here we also took a quick walk to Buffalo Bill's Grave. After heading out from this area, we took the Lariat Loop down the mountain which several Bikers and runners were going up. This place is a training ground!
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver4.jpg "Buffalo Bill's Grave") After we got off the mountain, we went to eat lunch at a pretty awesome place called Casa Bonita. I had been here once before about 15 years ago on a family vacation and remembered it being awesome. It's a mexican restaurant that has several them dining areas inside along with a waterfall where Divers jump off and perform a show. It is full of little easter egg areas which made it really exciting to eat in.
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver5.jpg "Dive Show at Casa Bonita") After leaving the restaurant, we wanted to make one more stop before hitting the airport and went over to Confluence Park. This is a public park in the middle of the city that had been constructed alongside the river. Right down the road from an amusement park (also located smack dab in the city). This park was really pretty and something i think Denver is good at. Incorporating several parks in the city and giving them a lot of space. This park was built in a way that had rapids and areas meant for kayakers to practice which was really cool.
![blogPics](/static/img/denver2/denver6.jpg "Denver park outside of REI") After the park we headed to the airport for our return flight. Denver is an awesome place and one of my favorite parts of the city is how well they integrate activities in to city life. There was more green in the city than I have seen in other cities parks, There were dedicated roads for bikers only, and there were just fun activities like the rainbow road that were scattered everywhere. Besides the fact that there are a bazillion people that live here, this place would be an awesome area to live in.