A 2021 PTR: HHN30 & More Updated 10/22 Denver Mini TR Art Museum & 13th Floor Haunted House

Raeven

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Denver Mini TR

Travel Day


So I guess in a way this will be a mini TR because it's going in this PTR, and I won't go into as much detail as I do in my Disney/Universal TR's, and I also won't be doing full food reviews. But I do have lots of pictures, and I did take notes & vlog so there will still be quite a few installments and it'll be similar to past TRs I've written. (Which will hopefully give you all something entertaining to read/watch while we wait for next year's planning to begin)!

My first installment is only going to take us through our arrival, because I want to edit the vlogs to match. I'm going to try to post updates here on Tuesdays and vlogs on Fridays (which I'll also post on here). I'm also thinking of trying to film some Halloween centric/Halloween activities vlogs this month so if I do that I'll post a second time a week.


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In the footage I have I talk a little bit about how this trip came to be, and the precautions we taking while traveling. Colorado is one of the states us NYers don't have to quarantine coming back from (or going to). I also usually Wet Wipe everything around me on planes, and we had plenty of masks and hand sanitizer. We went through a lot of potential trip ideas that ended up getting cancelled or ended up on the list so we only decided on this trip about a month in advance. Because a lot of the planning was done last minute (even though you need reservations for most things now) I actually made a lot of these day before/day of this trip which was weird since I'm used to having to do that pretty far in advance. I also didn't pack till the last minute (and probably overpacked). :rotfl:

On the day of I feel like we were running a little late, but the airport was obviously a lot emptier than normal so it didn't make us late. When we went to check our bag the lady asked if we had any loose batteries in our bag and Josh was ready to say no, but I was like yeah. :laughing: (I carry them around sometimes for the ring light I never end up using). It just made me laugh because it was the one time I did put them in there. Also I have no idea where I put them once I took them out, and I don't think I ever saw them again so they were really useful. :lmao:

At the airport I decided to try Chick Fil A for the first time. We don't have any in our area except for the airport, so I've never really had an opportunity to eat at one. The lady that worked there was really nice, but they also had a much more limited breakfast menu than I thought (probably because it's in the airport). I got a chicken, egg, and cheese sandwich on a bagel and tater tots. Although when she asked if I wanted any sauce I made the mistake of saying no, not thinking that they were counting ketchup as a sauce.






(They were such cute little tater tots).

I have a lengthy amount of footage of me talking about the food there so I won't talk about it too much here, but I have to ask...do other people consider chicken a breakfast food? :scratchin Because I honestly never have, and think it's weird to have breakfast sandwiches with chicken in them. I know that's what they do there, but it just seems weird to me.

After boarding I watched some movies, and Josh somehow slept and chewed gum at the same time which I found rather impressive.

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Our layover was at Midway, and was about 1.5 hours. I mostly watched Youtube videos during that time, and tried to take discreet pictures of the Pomeranian next to us to send to Samantha.



Our second flight was 2 hours, and Josh mostly slept again. It was nice to have the middle seat open because I could spread out a lot more. I read, and edited some of the vlog footage I had up till that point.



We stayed at the Kimpton Monaco Denver, and it was honestly really nice. It was a good price for the amount of time we stayed, and it was really close to most of the places we were going. The minute I walked in I realized the lobby smelled like the Yacht Club, and then I saw there was a cow statue in the lobby and I was sold. :rotfl:


(I have named her Clarabelle, and I think every hotel needs a conversation piece like this one).

Our room was actually a lot bigger than I thought. When you walked in we had a long hallway with benches, etc in it, and a full length mirror at the end.





The bathroom was also off the hallway, and had a glass door shower (my favorite).





Then there was the bedroom which was also bigger than it looked online.


(The TV is in the corner to the right of this stuff, not sure why there wasn't a separate picture of that corner).



Our view looked at what seemed to be an apartment complex across the street, but that's the view all the rooms had.



I won't give a full review of the room/hotel yet because more things happened throughout the trip, but I would recommend this hotel if you want to stay in Downtown Denver.

Next Up

The first vlog & we go to the Downtown Denver Aquarium!


 

schumigirl

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Love the start of this!!!

Chicken and pizza I can never understand for breakfast.......bacon yes.......lol......

Your room is lovely, and very spacious.....looks very central for Denver. Looking forward to seeing more a I know nothing of Denver........the cow is an odd one for sure?

Glad you`ve started this one.......::yes::
 
  • Raeven

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    Chicken and pizza I can never understand for breakfast.......bacon yes.......lol.....
    Maybe like a pizza with breakfast items on it? But not a regular pizza lol

    Your room is lovely, and very spacious.....looks very central for Denver. Looking forward to seeing more a I know nothing of Denver........the cow is an odd one for sure?
    Yes it was a lot more spacious than I thought from the pictures I'd seen before booking, we were pleased with it. It was right in the middle of downtown, I didn't really know much about different hotel areas when I booked, but it was close to many things. The cow was interesting :rotfl:

    There was a cow????? 🐮
    I thought I told you about the cow :rotfl: Yes, it was by the elevators in the lobby.
     

    KathyM2

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    Great mini TR so far, I too look forward to hearing more about Denver, as I've only been to the airport there and nothing else.

    We stayed at the Kimpton Monaco Denver, and it was honestly really nice.
    I stayed at the Kimpton in Salt Lake and I really liked it too, the outside looks quite similar.
     
  • Monykalyn

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    Saw the vlog first. Glad you got to try Chik fil a!
    Denver was gorgeous - wish we could have spent more time there.
    Looking forward to more!
     

    Raeven

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    Saw the vlog first. Glad you got to try Chik fil a!
    Denver was gorgeous - wish we could have spent more time there.
    Looking forward to more!
    Thanks for watching! Yeah, it's definitely something I feel like you have to try if you haven't :rotfl:
     
  • Raeven

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    Denver Mini TR

    Downtown Denver Aquarium


    So when I last left off we were heading to the aquarium!


    (It was pretty cold the first day we were there, but it warmed up by Saturday).

    We were supposed to get lunch on the way, but we were a little shorter on time than we would've liked (our tickets had a timed entry) so I just grabbed a snack at Starbucks.

    First we have a cheese & fruit box:



    The cheeses and crackers were all really good. Even the brie was fine and I don't normally like brie. (It was kind of flavorless though). The apple didn't seem the freshest, but the grapes were good. I would get this again, and I actually wanted to get another one of these on the way home, but I didn't see any at the airport Starbucks. :sad:

    I also couldn't resist getting this fox cake pop:



    It's so cute! I actually tried to get one the week before at home, but they were all out. It's a pretty standard Starbucks cake pop (so it was pretty good), but you know, even cuter.

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    We were a little late to the aquarium, but there weren't many people there so they didn't seem to care.





    Josh thought this snake wasn't real, and I was really confused by that. :rotfl:
    Did he think they had highly advanced animatronics in the cases?



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    I even have video of it moving :rotfl:

    Sadly, the otters were out of their area because they were eating, and even though we went back through the room at the end they still weren't back out.

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    I mostly took vlog footage, but here's some aquarium pictures:







    Doesn't that shark on the left look like Dilbert? :rotfl:



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    Then we got a big surprise which probably wouldn't be a big surprise if we looked at any ad around the aquarium. THERE WAS A TIGER!!!

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    This setup was giving me flashbacks to the Tomb Raider game I used to play as a kid where 5 seconds in the tigers in the water would always get me, and I'd go back and play the training level again because you couldn't lose it :rotfl:

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    Um well this tiger was less...square....



    We got some really good pictures of the tiger, and he came right up to us (well as close as he could get since the enclosure had a glass dome around it). I, of course, talked to the tiger like it was a kitten even though he couldn't hear me at all :rotfl:. I have no idea what a tiger was doing in the aquarium, but it was cool to see.

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    More aquarium pictures:





    Jellyfish on the way out:



    Josh petting the rays:



    It was a pretty big aquarium, and took us about an hour or so to go through all of it. Our Lyft driver on the way back told us he hadn't been there since he was a kid, and didn't seem to think it was that great, but I thought it was a pretty nice aquarium, and we had a lot of fun.

    Also Josh pointed out this street when we went by :rotfl:



    We then we back to the room to nap a bit, and then we went out to dinner at the Blue Agave Grill. When we walked there it was like 9 pm and most things were closed so it was pretty empty everywhere. It was eerie sometimes how few people are out and about nowadays, and there were so few people on the streets that we could see and hear rats running around :scared: Josh claims he's seen them in every city we've been to, but I've NEVER seen or heard rats running around the streets. I did let him know if one came up and ran over my foot, I'd be screaming.

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    At dinner, Josh decided to do something you've seen him do mostly in my dining TR's here, and order a salad without reading any of the ingredients :rotfl:.



    Blue Agave House Salad
    Spring greens with adobe vinaigrette, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, & fresh jicama



    He said the oranges were "interesting" which to me sounds like code for "it's not very good". :rotfl: I don't think I've ever had jicama, but it didn't taste like much. I didn't care for the vinaigrette in the bite I had.

    For our entrees he got the Carne Asada Special which had shrimp and carne asada. He said the carne asada was well cooked.

    I got the:

    Avocado Tacos
    Tempura battered, green chile corn tortillas, asadero cheese, lettuce, chipotle vinaigrette with cilantro rice and black beans

    & a side of Red Pepper Pesto White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes



    The tacos were really, really good. But I do love avocado. :lovestruc You're going to think this is pretty odd, but I thought the mashed potatoes tasted like a bowl of four cheese pasta sauce. :rotfl:

    Finally it was dessert time!



    Sadly, they were out of the GF dessert option :sad2:, but they did have Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bread Pudding:



    It was really creamy and delicious.

    When we got back to the hotel room we watched Matilda, and then went to sleep.

    Next up

    I'll post my first Halloween themed vlog tomorrow! (I'm going to try to do one Halloween themed, and one vacation one every week). My sister and I went on a quest for some Halloween cookies:



    I'll also post the aquarium vlog on Friday.

    My next post will be about our time at the Nature and Science Museum (which I might have to split up into 2 parts because the museum was huge).

     
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    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
    Joined
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    Denver Mini TR

    Downtown Denver Aquarium


    So last I left off we were heading to the aquarium!


    (It was pretty cold the first day we were there, but it warmed up by Saturday).

    We were supposed to get lunch on the way there, but we were a little shorter on time than we would've liked (our tickets had a timed entry) so I just grabbed a snack at Starbucks.

    First we have a cheese & fruit box:



    The cheeses and crackers were all really good. Even the brie was fine and I don't normally like brie. (It was kind of flavorless though). The apple didn't seem the freshest, but the grapes were good. I would get this again, and I actually wanted to get another one of these on the way home, but I didn't see any at the airport Starbucks. :sad:

    I also couldn't resist getting this fox cake pop:



    It's so cute! I actually tried to get one the week before at home, but they were all out. It's a pretty standard Starbucks cake pop (so it was pretty good), but you know, even cuter.

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    We were a little late to the aquarium, but there weren't many people there so they didn't seem to care.





    Josh thought this snake wasn't real, and I was really confused by that. :rotfl:
    Did he think they had highly advanced animatronics in the cases?



    View attachment 528878

    I even have video of it moving :rotfl:

    Sadly, the otters were out of their area because they were eating, and even though we went back through the room at the end they still weren't back out.

    View attachment 528879

    I mostly took vlog footage, but here's some aquarium pictures:







    Doesn't that shark on the left look like Dilbert? :rotfl:



    View attachment 528880





    Then we got a big surprise which probably wouldn't be a big surprise if we looked at any ad around the aquarium. THERE WAS A TIGER!!!

    View attachment 528881




    This setup was giving me flashbacks to the Tomb Raider game I used to play as a kid where 5 seconds in the tigers in the water would always get me, and I'd go back and play the training level again because you couldn't lose it :rotfl:

    View attachment 528882

    Um well this tiger was less...square....



    We got some really good pictures of the tiger, and he came right up to us (well as close as he could get since the enclosure had a glass dome around it). I, of course, talked to the tiger like it was a kitten even though he couldn't hear me at all :rotfl:. I have no idea what a tiger was doing in the aquarium, but it was cool to see.

    View attachment 528883

    More aquarium pictures:





    Jellyfish on the way out:



    Josh petting the rays:



    It was a pretty big aquarium, and took us about an hour or so to go through all of it. Our Lyft driver on the way back told us he hadn't been there since he was a kid, and didn't seem to think it was that great, but I thought it was a pretty nice aquarium, and we had a lot of fun.

    Also Josh pointed out this street when we went by :rotfl:



    We then we back to the room to nap a bit, and then we went out to dinner at the Blue Agave Grill. When we walked there it was like 9 pm and most things were closed so it was pretty empty everywhere. It was eerie sometimes how few people are out and about nowadays, and there were so few people on the streets that we could see and hear rats running around :scared: Josh claims he's seen them in every city we've been to, but I've NEVER seen or heard rats running around the streets. I did let him know if one came up and ran over my foot, I'd be screaming.

    View attachment 528884

    At dinner, Josh decided to do something you've seen him do mostly in my dining TR's here, and order a salad without reading any of the ingredients :rotfl:.



    Blue Agave House Salad
    Spring greens with adobe vinaigrette, candied pecans, mandarin oranges, & fresh jicama



    He said the oranges were "interesting" which to me sounds like code for "it's not very good". :rotfl: I don't think I've ever had jicama, but it didn't taste like much. I didn't care for the vinaigrette in the bite I had.

    For our entrees he got the Carne Asada Special which had shrimp and carne asada. He said the carne asada was well cooked.

    I got the:

    Avocado Tacos
    Tempura battered, green chile corn tortillas, asadero cheese, lettuce, chipotle vinaigrette with cilantro rice and black beans

    & a side of Red Pepper Pesto White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes



    The tacos were really, really good. But I do love avocado. :lovestruc You're going to think this is pretty odd, but I thought the mashed potatoes tasted like a bowl of four cheese pasta sauce. :rotfl:

    Finally it was dessert time!



    Sadly, they were out of the GF dessert option :sad2:, but they did have Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bread Pudding:



    It was really creamy and delicious.

    When we got back to the hotel room we watched Matilda, and then went to sleep.

    Next up

    I'll post my first Halloween themed vlog tomorrow! (I'm going to try to do one Halloween themed, and one vacation one every week). My sister and I went on a quest for some Halloween cookies:



    I'll also post the aquarium vlog on Friday.

    My next post will be about our time at the Nature and Science Museum (which I might have to split up into 2 parts because the museum was huge).



    I should really hate this update.......rats.....snakes......and scary underwater scenes!!!! I have honestly never heard rats scrambling about anywhere......and hope I never do!

    But, as usual your pictures are lovely, you captured everything so well. Although I have no clue who Dilbert is :blush:

    Food looks lovely.......not sure about the potato though, sounds odd. I`ve had jicima in slaw before and it was nice, tried it on it`s own in the Club Lounge.......nothing.....tastes of nothing....weird.

    I love your face in the last picture eating a cookie........not sure if you`re loving it or going to spit it all out.......:rotfl:
     

    KathyM2

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    I would get this again, and I actually wanted to get another one of these on the way home, but I didn't see any at the airport Starbucks.
    I love their snack boxes. They don't always have them, and I find them overpriced...but still get them when I want more than coffee at Starbucks!

    I also couldn't resist getting this fox cake pop:
    This is adorable. I assume you have tried the fox cookies? I haven't seen either here in Canada, but I tried the fox cookie once in the US.

    there were so few people on the streets that we could see and hear rats running around :scared:
    OMG. "hearing" the rats...would really creep me out. I have only seen them in subway tunnels...never just running around streets...ugh...
     

    Raeven

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    I should really hate this update.......rats.....snakes......and scary underwater scenes!!!! I have honestly never heard rats scrambling about anywhere......and hope I never do!
    :rotfl:

    It was so weird. I saw something dart across the street, and I was like oh whats that? I think I thought it was a little chipmunk or something, and Josh goes that's a rat :faint: then I saw/heard a group of them. It freaked me out!

    But, as usual your pictures are lovely, you captured everything so well. Although I have no clue who Dilbert is :blush:
    Aw thank you! I wonder if Dilbert isn't a thing outside the U.S.? It's an older thing, it was a comic strip in the papers.

    Food looks lovely.......not sure about the potato though, sounds odd. I`ve had jicima in slaw before and it was nice, tried it on it`s own in the Club Lounge.......nothing.....tastes of nothing....weird.
    It was a really good meal, but the potato I'm undecided on that one too :rotfl: Josh said that sounded good, but it's odd when you're eating potatoes, and it tastes like sauce.

    I love your face in the last picture eating a cookie........not sure if you`re loving it or going to spit it all out.......:rotfl:
    It was good, I promise! :rotfl:

    I love their snack boxes. They don't always have them, and I find them overpriced...but still get them when I want more than coffee at Starbucks!
    Yeah, I don't know if I've seen them frequently, but I usually do the drive thru if we go to Starbucks so maybe that's why. (We don't really have any Starbucks close by).

    This is adorable. I assume you have tried the fox cookies? I haven't seen either here in Canada, but I tried the fox cookie once in the US.
    NO WHAT?! I want one!

    OMG. "hearing" the rats...would really creep me out. I have only seen them in subway tunnels...never just running around streets...ugh...
    It was really creepy! Luckily, I didn't see them any other nights.
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
    Joined
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    :rotfl:

    It was so weird. I saw something dart across the street, and I was like oh whats that? I think I thought it was a little chipmunk or something, and Josh goes that's a rat :faint: then I saw/heard a group of them. It freaked me out!



    Aw thank you! I wonder if Dilbert isn't a thing outside the U.S.? It's an older thing, it was a comic strip in the papers.




    It was a really good meal, but the potato I'm undecided on that one too :rotfl: Josh said that sounded good, but it's odd when you're eating potatoes, and it tastes like sauce.



    It was good, I promise! :rotfl:



    Yeah, I don't know if I've seen them frequently, but I usually do the drive thru if we go to Starbucks so maybe that's why. (We don't really have any Starbucks close by).



    NO WHAT?! I want one!



    It was really creepy! Luckily, I didn't see them any other nights.

    I googled Dilbert.......yep, new one on me........and yes, potatoes shouldn`t taste like anything other than potatoes!

    Halloween Cookie Baking Vlog

    lol......yes, maths in head is not my strong point! Although Kyle says put a dollar sign in front and I can work out anything!!

    Nice vlog!
     

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