Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Union Station, Denver Colorado ~ photo by Debbie Sarcone

Trying to play around with what’s in focus, I liked how this photo came out with Union Station in the background…

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Breakfast In An Historic Diner

On Wednesday this week, Dan and I met up at the historic Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner, on West Colfax Ave. in Lakewood.  As a Colorado native Dan had never been there; as an East Coast native I had to take him to this diner!  It’s an original, shipped in from NJ when diners were shiny chrome and steel, and there was still a lunch counter to sit at for an up-close view of the kitchen.  The Chuck Wagon Diner is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner ~ Photo by Debbie Sarcone

“In 1957, this fully equipped diner was brought from a New Jersey manufacturer. The diner, weighing 46 tons, was shipped to Colorado by rail and placed on its present basement foundation. Because of its great weight, it may be as far west as you will find a diner.” – Go to the Chuck Wagon’s website for more of its history.

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Dan gives it a "thumbs up"! ~ Photo by Debbie Sarcone

While by no means “upscale”, if you want good food at great prices (you can still get steak & eggs for only $5.45!) this is the place to go!  Dan had the ham & eggs with pancakes, and I had the bacon & eggs with pancakes.  They were both outstanding.  The wait staff was friendly and down to earth.  No snobs here, that’s for sure!  You’ll also be treated to a little bit of the character (and characters) of what is now West Colfax, which was once called “The Gateway To The Rockies” before the interstate was built.  For those who always wonder about the questionable eating and sleeping establishments along the way, Colfax was State Hwy 40 and led right into the mountains. It was the main road to get there and many families over the years before I-70 would drive through, sometimes stay and eat, at these motels and diners before getting to their final destination.  Someday we’ll need to do a pictorial of all the great places that used to be there!  Read about the road’s history HERE.

After breakfast, I headed out to Crown Hill Park for a long walk.  This time, I took some of the gravel hiking trails that edge along the back of the Crown Hill Cemetery and Arboretum.

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Crown Hill Park ~ Photo by Debbie Sarcone

It is a beautiful walk and usually not as crowded as the main trail around the lake.  Horses come through occasionally on these trails, and you’ll find joggers coming through too.  It’s a wonderful way to unwind and reflect.  There is also a wildlife sanctuary that was dedicated for Earth Day 1990.  From March through June, the walking trails in the sanctuary are closed to visitors; you’ll find many different birds and water fowl nesting there.  After the nesting season is over it’s a beautiful place to walk through!  For more information on the park and to read about its history, go to the Jefferson County Open Space website.

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Wildlife Sanctuary, Crown Hill Park ~ Photo by Debbie Sarcone

Do you have a place you’d like us to try?  Send us a comment.  We’re up for the adventure!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

2009 Colorado Rockies Win NL Wild Card Title. Photo by Debbie Sarcone

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

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The sun’s rays provide extra drama at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

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BBQ & Cars

Today, Danny and I decided to try John’s Chicago Style BBQ on Harlan St, just south of the I-70 Exit in Wheat Ridge.  A friend suggested it and said it had changed owners some time ago, and was worth checking out.  And since it was right down the street from Seyfer’s Automotive, which we also wanted to visit, it was convenient.

The restaurant was empty when we walked in, and I wasn’t even sure it was really open.  But the owner was there, working behind the counter, and gave us a quick run-down on the lunches and BBQ sauces. We decided on the pork sandwich.  I took fries as a side and Dan took the beans.  Service was fast, food was hot, and it was pretty good. The meat had a nice smoky flavor but a bit dry. The mild bbq sauce was decent, although a little thin, so you had to use more of it to flavor the meat. I would have preferred a slightly thicker sauce, personally.  All in all a nice little place to eat, and I hope they make it – it’s a little out of the way to get just street traffic, but hopefully people (like us) will know about it and make a deliberate decision to eat there.

After lunch we headed to Seyfer Automotive – not your “regular” auto repair shop.  Seyfer has been around awhile and was heavily involved with car clubs and restoring classics.  We got a personal tour through the yard and just loved some of the cars – no, all of the cars – we saw!  ’55 Ford wagon, 65 Mustangs, old T-Birds.  We were in Classic Car Heaven!  Oh yeah – and Seyfer fixes regular cars too.  Check them out, also on Harlan St, just north of 44th Ave.

After the shop it was still pretty nice weather, and we decided to go for a walk at Crown Hill Park (26th & Kipling).  If you have never walked this park – you should!  Beautiful scenery and views, miles of walking trails both dirt and concrete.  If you have horses, there are trails you can ride through the park. It’s a nice little oasis not far from the city.

Well, that’s it for today – join us for our next adventure…

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