Buffalo Bill’s Museum/Lookout Mountain
Argo Mine and Mill Tour in Idaho Springs
Coors Brewery Tour
Echo Lake/Squaw Pass Road
Saw Strangers With Candy
Not to mention ate out at tons of cool restaurants and had a BBQ!
My bro is currently in Fort Collins visiting a friend, in which I will join him tonight. He leaves tomorrow afternoon – so I’m hell bent on getting those old time western dress up photos done SOMEWHERE between tonight and tomorrow!
I must say, one of my favorite parts of the vacation was going to Lakeside. How can I possibly get repeated warnings and negative reviews about a place filled with fun?
Sure it’s a little run down! Sure the rides aren’t from this decade or anywhere near it! What’s the prob? No, I did not get accosted by high school gangs. No, I did not get hit on by any carnies. No, I did NOT like The Wild Chipmunk. That ride was friggin’ scary! But I DID have a wonderful time for only $14! It only costs $2 to get in, and $.50 per ride ticket. Rides average from 2-4 tickets. And most of the kiddie rides are only 1 ticket! Next time I baby-sit for anyone, I’m taking their kids to Lakeside! What fun it must be for a adult, let alone a KID!!!!
But what was the best part about going to Lakeside? Almost getting arrested! Wi-Hoo!
So many of you who don’t know, Lakeside Amusement Park used to have a Speedway next to it. It has been closed for 30 years after too many car crashes and FINALLY a car crashed up INTO the bleachers and killed some people (or maybe just one, I’m not sure). But in true fashion of most urban developments, they have left the speedway standing to store a lot of junk in it, while letting plants grow like crazy up around it. Josh and his brother, John, heard stories of this speedway from one of his dad’s friends (who is now so old he’s currently in a home).
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“Let’s check it out!” said John.
So what do we do? We slip up under some chain link fence (that had already been torn off the fence for entry) and proceed to look around and take photos. Well, attempt to take photos. John and I were posing on the bleachers when from out of no where, and flash light appears and a voice says, “Denver P.D. Come out slowly and put your hands where I can see them.”
Due to the poor quality of my digital camera, we didn’t even get a photo before we were shoved out of the bleacher stands. The flash wasn’t charged. What I wouldn’t give for a flash cube right at that moment!
So the first think out of the Po Po’s mouth was, “What were you guys doing?” As we told them the story of taking a photo due to old stories spun by a racing giant of Denver, they proceeded to take our ID’s and call every cop in a two mile radius. Not to mention that I had to pee like Austin Powers, we were just standing around for 20 minutes next to the bleachers before they took us out into the open, and lined us up in front of their cop cars to get a GOOD look at us in their 18 spotlights. TRESPASSING was the charge. I’m tellin’ ya, I am getting old. I’m almost 30 and I’m getting the 3rd degree on trespassing? The whole time I kept thinking, “Hurry up and give me the stinkin’ ticket and I’ll pay it right here in cash! I gotta PEE!”
I suppose it was the lack of guilt (and apparent boredom) we were all displaying or the fact that none of us had any objections to a drug dog being brought in – but after repeated questioning from one of the more ‘authoritative inclined’ (which means a probable rookie) we were handed back our ID’s ONLY if we PROMISED never to trespass at Lakeside Speedway EVER again.
“No Problem, Officer!”
Whew. No ticket. No ‘taking us to the station’. No trying to explain to my boss that I was at central booking and I would be out sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Not that I was ever nervous about THAT happening! I have complete trust in our legal system! I watch Law and Order! I know my rights!
But I sure do wish one of the cops had been Detective Elliot Stabler……..