The start of today’s journey takes me to the Swetsville Zoo, a cool junk art exhibit I used to visit on school trips.

Go, rocket turtle, go! Go, rocket turtle, go! Colorado has these things I call Colorado has these things I call “cotton trees”. They grow what look like cotton balls, and here you can see the fluff floating through the air. There pieces were all musical - bells and gongs with different tones. There pieces were all musical - bells and gongs with different tones. OH, NO, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE GOT POSSESSED BY A DEMON! OH, NO, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE GOT POSSESSED BY A DEMON! No, I won't stop! No, I won’t stop!

Revisiting the Swetsville Zoo was pretty neat, and a bit nostalgic - I remember seeing many of these sculptures years ago when I lived here in Fort Collins.

Next up, Denver!

I tried to go to the US Mint for a tour, but they’re closed today. Probably because it’s a Sunday or something ;) Oh, well, at least I get to see it. They weren’t going to give me any money, anyway.

There was, to my surprise, a special event going on today, but it wouldn’t be set up until later in the evening, so I didn’t get to see any of it.

I came to Denver to tour LoDo (Lower Downtown), the area where festivities usually happen. The area definitely has a sort of middle-class-classy vibe to it

And now, for the pinnacle of the day! Remember that pizza place I wanted to go back to for years, only to find they were closed? Well, they were a local chain, and they have another location in Golden, CO, a town on the outskirts of Devner. Huzzah! :D

The Woody’s tradition is this: they have a buffet, and you can request any sort of pizza you want for it. So I requested my favorite, olive, onion, green pepper, and mushroom pizza. They were a little slow in making it, but it was definitely yummy when it came out! :D

It was great to relive this part of my childhood.

Downtown Golden, CO Downtown Golden, CO

On the way back, I coincidentally saw this car. What struck me, besides the fact that it’s a beautiful classic car, is that, many years ago, my Granny gave me a piggy bank exactly like the convertible version of this car. Very cool! :D

And here's a river. And here’s a river.