Friday, September 21, 2007

Baseball, Denver and cheesecake.

Finally I’m getting to posting about our Denver trip back in August. Keith and I went to Denver for a quick weekend to see the Cubs play the Rockies. As you can see from the pictures, we are HUGE Cubs fans. The weather was perfect and it was so nice to bum around and whatever we wanted.

We left Friday morning and got to the Denver airport about 11:30ish. That is one huge airport and so far away from downtown. We took a shuttle bus to our hotel. It’s very flat, I was surprised. I have never been to Denver and until we got into the city there wasn’t much to look at. It reminded me of Utah in some places, only greener. The ride was nice though. Keith and I got to overhear 2 girls in the back seat talking about their dysfunctional relationships with parents and boyfriends. It was quite amusing and entertaining. Word to the wise: Don’t talk about personal things when you are in a van full of strangers.

When we got to our hotel everyone was very nice and friendly. We stayed at The Grand Hyatt and it was a pretty posh hotel. Keith was able to find us a killer deal online. The bellboys opened the van door for us and everyone was extremely professional. Our room was so nice too. What a soft bed! And so many pillows. Keith was in heaven. He loves pillows. Ü We got settled in our room, waited for the sudden rain/hail storm to subside, then went out to grab some grub. I was starving! We were about 2 blocks away from this outdoor mall, I forget what it’s called, but there’s a movie theater and several stores, restaurants and bars along it. There is a free shuttle bus that runs up and down the length of the street, but other than that there are no cars allowed. So it was nice to be able to walk freely across the street and look at everything. There are some really nice hotels in that area of Denver as well. After lunch, we went back to the hotel for a quick nap, then headed to the game. It was so fun! The stadium in Denver is really quite beautiful. It’s new and very clean. It was fun to be there and walk around. We had great seats that first night and where we were sitting there were several other Cubs fans. So we had a great time, even better since the Cubs won that night. And I got to see Matt Murton hit a home run. It was fun.

Saturday we slept in then got ready to meet my friend Amy for lunch. We went to the Cheesecake Factory. It was delicious, as usual. Amy is a good friend I met when I lived in CT. She moved back to her home town of Denver about a year ago and was able to fly out to Utah for the wedding. But we didn’t get many chances to talk so it was fun to visit with her. Afterwards, we walked around for a bit and then Keith and I headed to the stadium. Keith wanted to watch batting practice. It was pretty fun, but so hot. I was getting a little tired of it. Sadly, the only Cubs shirt I own is a quarter length sleeve. Not fun in 90 degree weather.

We didn’t have great seats the 2nd game, we were high up and in the sun. So that kind of sucked. Also, Cubs got slammed! Only good thing was that I did get to see a Grand Slam, although it was for the Rockies, it’s not every day you see one of those. (For those that don’t follow baseball, a grand slam is when the bases are loaded and the next hitter gets a home run.)

We left the game at the bottom of the 6th inning, and then stopped at the Cheesecake Factory to get cheesecake to go. Went to our hotel and gorged ourselves and watched pay per-view movies. It was fun. Sunday slept in, went to a breakfast buffet at the hotel, saw Stardust and then caught the bus back to the airport. Now that I’m thinking about it again, it was such a fun trip. Too bad it was only 3 days. Still, it’s nice to get away, relax, and do nothing but chill.