Phannie

Phannie
Photo taken at Winchester Bay, Oregon

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Musical Chairs, Er, RV Parks, and a Rare Foodie Find in Denver

At Dakota Ridge RV Park, Golden, Colorado...

We are in the midst of the RV park derby that I mentioned in the last post. We arrived at Dakota Ridge in Golden for only three nights, having had only four nights' availability at the KOA Denver West. After this short stay here, we have to move to South Park in Denver for two nights, then back to Dakota Ridge for five nights. Such is the lot of those who don't make reservations well in advance for popular destinations like this that have a shortage of RV parks. This is definitely a hassle and something that we have rarely encountered before.

We couldn't really begin exploring the area without nourishment, so we had lunch at a local fish and chips place that wasn't memorable, then we happened upon the first real foodie find since we left Albuquerque: A bakery named Taste of Denmark. This is one of those shops run by local artisans whose pride in their craft is obvious. The display cases had a surprising variety of fresh baked goods, as is obvious from the following photos:




Let me assure you that these offerings are so far superior to anything available in a supermarket, it's not worth mentioning. This is old world skill that we have rarely seen duplicated.

Here is an almond bear claw that was in the process of  being devoured before it even left the store. It was just as good as it looks:


If you are anywhere near Denver (this store is actually in the Lakewood suburb) and don't go here, I have to question your sanity. Oh yes, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable! 

Yes, it goes on our list of favorite restaurants. (I can call it a restaurant if I want to; it's my list.)

Dinner was at the Szechuan Restaurant on 6th Avenue. This was well reviewed in Yelp and lived up to our expectations. The food was very tasty, very fresh, with generous portions--well suited for a listing in our favorite restaurants. Sandy and I had an appetizer and split a single entree, and we still had leftovers.



Tomorrow we meet Bubba for dinner. He happens to be in town on business, and we're going to try a cajun restaurant. I think Sandy is going to do some shopping for the grands. How unlike her!

Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if I don't appreciate it enough each day.

10 comments:

  1. Too bad about all the hassle of having to move every few days. We've never stayed in the Denver area and I'm not sure we ever will. I really do try to avoid cities. But I've marked the bakery just in case.

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    1. Well, this has been a bit of a challenge. I don't blame you for avoiding big cities. We tend to enjoy the entertainment offered in cities, but that means we sometimes get caught in situations like this.

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  2. We don't mind moving but thats what we enjoy. If we get that way this winter maybe just have to check out the bakery, though we are not much for sweets.

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    1. I don't mind moving so much, except we don't like to do it every day or two. And you're smart for avoiding sweets, George. I hope my doctor didn't read my post.

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  3. Those pastries really look good!!

    Actually, I would rather move than to be locked down to a specific travel schedule. I like traveling without "time stakes in the ground"..... reminds me too much of a tightly scheduled day from my working days!! While traveling, we often find a place where we want to stop for a few days, which would put us "off schedule".

    When we traveled to Alaska the year that I retired, we did not have a single reservation, and it did not cause a single problem. In fact, we are thinking about Alaska again in 2017.

    Keep safe.

    Richard

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    1. Well, I admire your spunk for the Alaska trip. I think we're just too accustomed to all of the amenities we find with full hookups in nicer parks. For us, "roughing it" would be a park with only 30 amp electrical service. Shameful, I know.

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  4. Ummmm.....why do I NOT have a bear claw in my hand?? I vaguely remember not getting a Krispy Cream donut in your hand fast enough!😜

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    1. Oh, good grief! You do have a good memory, don't you, Jackie? You're like Sandy; she forgets NOTHING! I'll tell you what: If you were here, you would have one in each hand. That bakery is unbelievable.

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  5. Love the pastries:) We try to avoid reservations since we prefer not to plan ahead too far. This last month on the road showed that we will have to deal with the type of moving you mention. Who knew that route 61 in North MN was crazy with RV's in July? We do now:(

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    1. My goodness! I think if I had a piece of land somewhere, I'd make it into an RV park!

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