Sometimes it is good to take a slight change of direction when training for the Camino. Well, on Tuesday we did just that. Sandy and I decided to go down to Denver and the mile high city for our weekly extended hike. Many people still believe Denver to be a “cow town”, but actually the economy is booming locally and many folks are moving here. In fact, Denver is now the 21st largest metropolitan areas in the United States. OK, enough chamber of commerce talk!
We drove the 35 minutes to Golden, CO, where we boarded the Regional Transit District’s (RTD) new W light rail line. RTD provides six light rail lines in metro Denver, stopping at 46 stations along the way. We took the brand new W Line from Golden to Union Station in downtown.
The new route offers trains every fifteen minutes and provided us with a relaxing way to avoid Denver traffic. After approximately thirty minutes we were at Union Station where a multi-million dollar transit station is being constructed.
We hiked from the light rail station past the conveniently free mall shuttles and onto the pedestrian friendly 16th Street Mall. We hiked from lower downtown up toward the State Capitol and back again.
As we were hiking back thoughts of all the fine restaurants crossed our minds. After much discussion about trying new restaurants we decided to try one of our old time favorites, the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver’s first brew pub. Factoid: Denver and Colorado now boast more breweries than any metropolitan area in the United States.
At Wynkoop, we tried some new beers they were brewing and Sandy really enjoyed their Wixa Weiss. After a great lunch and a few beers, it was off to the light rail station for the trip home.
Total distance hiking, 3.4 miles, with a great lunch and home crafted beers. Not a bad combination…we could actually get into this urban hiking thing!