Day 657: Hammonds Candy Factory Tour

Shabbos and Shavuos at the O family’s house here in Denver was wonderful.  M and I learned until the wee hours of the morning.

Today we visited the Hammonds Candy Factory in Denver:

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Hammonds produces high-end hand crafted candies.  The candy is still manufactured by hand in what seemed to me to be a surprisingly small facility:

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And the end of the tour, we received a complimentary lollypop and exited through their on-site retail facility:

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We added our tour stickers to the sign outside:

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On the way home, we stopped at what must be the largest skate park in Denver.  The kids were initially too shy to test their skills, but towards the end of our visit M did try a few runs on his scooter:

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At home, we decided to make our own taffy using the same techniques we saw at the factory:

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The kids had to coat their hands with butter to avoid sticking to the taffy.  I think M is saying “this is gross!”:

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Tonight, Trish started working on larger Junior Ranger wall hangings for the kids, as they’ve completely filled their existing wall hangings with their patches and badges:

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Day 651: The Colorado Capitol Building

This morning we woke up to a cold and dreary day outside of Denver.  Locals tell me that it’s an abnormally wet May, and that normally it’s not like this.

When I first looked out the window, I thought it was foggy, but then I saw a tree way off in the distance and realized that it’s just really flat here east of Denver, at least compared to where we’ve been for the past six months.

Today we drove into the city.  Trish was thrilled to be able to buy meat for the first time since we left Las Vegas.  While Trish and the kids were shopping, I was doing the laundry.  Afterwards, we visited the Capitol building in downtown Denver:

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Looking up into the dome:

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The house chambers are being renovated:

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The Senate chambers are being worked on as well:

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The landing under the dome sported portraits of all the presidents.  This was my favorite part of the Capitol:

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This pair of photographs shows the senate chamber with the senators sitting in identical poses.  The right photo is from 1905, and the left from 2015:

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We were happy to visit this, our fourth Capitol building.  We previously visited the Capitol Buildings of Nevada, Washington, and Yukon Territory.

Day 650: Fossils, Hail, and Snow

This morning we drove the truck a couple miles to the Trail of Time.  The first stop on the trail is an active dinosaur fossil quarry.  There was no-one working here today:

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Next we viewed Camarasaurus fossils still in the rock:

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Foreleg bone fossil:

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Vertebrae in the rock:

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The view across Rabbit Valley:

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Another dinosaur fossil:

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I think this is a Palm stem fossil:

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Fossilized wood:

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Another fossil:

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After we finished the trail, we hitched up and drove to Fruita where we dumped and filled the RV.  While there, we were caught in a hail storm:

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We drove east on Interstate 70, where there was snow on the ground at the passes above 10,000 feet:

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We drove 300 miles today to a PPG flying site on a private farm about 15 miles east of Denver.  We will be here until Friday, when we will relocate to Denver for Shabbos and Shavuos.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.