Archive for July, 2008

Wedding in Fresno

July 23, 2008

Pat and D got married in Fresno. Saw Dark Knight. Beautiful and fun nuptials. Hiked in Pinnacles National Monument on the way back to the Bay Area on the way back to Denver.

Summertime in the Rockies

July 17, 2008

Got home yesterday after a week roaming the Colorado Rockies, working on a new edition of Frommer’s Colorado book. I went to Glenwood Springs (soaked in the worlds’ largest hot springs pool/ate at the Riviera), then Steamboat Springs (met my parents/walked the Yampa River Trail with mom/went to Fish Creek Falls/did a reading at Epilogue Book Company), then Aspen (ate at Social/hiked the Ute Trail/soaked in the hot tub at the St. Regis), and finally Vail (stayed at the fairytale-looking Arrabelle/ate at Larkspur/stopped in at the Colorado Ski Museum).


July 8, 2008

Stayed in Boulder at the terrific St Julien last night. Dinner – wine pairings with everything from sea foam to rabbit kidney – at Black Cat was phenomenal. Wandered around researching, spot to spot, most of the day. Boulder is best when school is out.

Colorado Springs trip

July 7, 2008

I was in Colorado Springs last week, stayed at the Broadmoor while Sen. Barack Obama was having a fundraising dinner across the lake.  The Walk of Fame in a hallway near Charles Court is really cool – everybody from Jackie Gleason to the Shah of Iran to Aerosmith is pictured when they stayed here, predominately shot by the same photographic family. Ate at the swank Penrose Room one night, then a Hawaiian-tinged taco jont, La’au’s (830 N. Tejon St., 719.578.5228). Also quite liked the new film at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, made by my friend John Bourbonais of Bourbon Street HD. Another pick: the Chipita Lodge.

Border Trip

July 6, 2008
I just returned to Denver after a one-month trip on the border, researching a book and interviewing people from sea (Gulf of Mexico) to shining sea (Pacific Ocean) – 2,000 miles – times two in terms of total miles driven – through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja California. The picture below is where the trip ended.
Art on the Tijuana side
Art on the Tijuana side

Now at a bookstore near you: Ramble Colorado

July 6, 2008

My latest book, Ramble Colorado, the first in a series of state follow-ups to my 2006 tome, Ramble: A Field Guide to the USA, is now out and on the market.

Ramble Colorado cover