Saturday, July 2nd: Rest Day

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We woke to weather forecasts that had deteriorated for riding Vail Pass, so we declared it a rest day and headed to Golden.  We planned to do a tour of the Coors Brewery, but forgot it was a holiday weekend and decided we would rather not stand in line waiting two hours to get in.  Instead we would head to the Golden Farmer’s Market.  We were quite hungry by the time we got the the farmer’s market, and quickly found the food area and fantastic tacos from “Go West Tacos.”

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While we sat at a table under an umbrella, Luke decided that he should run up Mt. Zion, a nearby mountain with a white “M” on it for the Colorado School of Mines.  He said something along the lines of “I can run up there in 10 minutes!”  But after some consideration and debate with Dave and Kevin, he settled on 25 minutes.  He was given a buffer of 2 minutes to make sure Trisha was was ok with the crazy idea, and then ran off towards the mountain.

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Our view of the “M”

After 37 minutes, jumping over fences and crossing a highway, he had reached his goal.  Luke called us on his cell phone to let us know he was there.  He was super psyched, and insistent that we HAD to be able to see him.  We repeatedly told him we definitely could not see him, that the cars on the road near him were tiny from our location.  He told us he was going to be much slower on his way down, so we started walking towards the American Mountaineering Museum just down the street and told him to meet us there.

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Getting closer…
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Luke’s View

The museum was not huge, but had a lot of interesting exhibits.  We wandered around checking everything out until Luke showed up. 

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As we headed back to the car, someone in the group noticed an ice cream shop, and before long we were all inside Golden Sweets getting cones of delicious ice cream for the walk back to the car.  On the drive home, we made a quick stop at Red Rocks.  Red Rocks is an outdoor amphitheater naturally created by rock formations.  Unfortunately, we were unable to wander around very much because of a concert that was getting set up for that evening.

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