For the second half of my trip I headed to Denver to meet up with Kat and her friends. Less photos this part of the trip – more doing. I got in pretty late so we just hung out on Rachel’s bada$$ porch.
Whitney & Kat
We did a little shopping, had some day drinks, went to a swimming hole where the water was cold. Hung out at Charley’s to celebrate the DOMA decision. Really loved the bar Sputnik. We made homemade dolmas with leaves from Rachel’s grape tree. Cuddled with kitties and Rachel’s dog, Polly (she pronounces it “pawwww-ley”).
Kat, Me, Kate, Rachel
Polly. Beach babe.
Kat and I went to the Denver Art Museum and saw some really incredible artwork. Blair (my friend from here at home) recommended I check out the Nick Cave exhibition and I’m SO GLAD that I did. His exhibition titled Sojourn was incredible. He is most known for his performance art but this exhibition was packed full of sound suits and busy installations made out of found objects that had you closely examining each piece. Beautifully constructed. I couldn’t take photos in the DAM but I grabbed this one from the website. It just so happens that they also had some of Mark Rothko’s early works on display as well (I’m a big fan). It was interesting to see how his work evolved into the color fields that we know today.
Mixed media. James Prinz Photography, Chicago. Courtesy of Nick Cave and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Fox Games by Sandy Skoglund
Then on Saturday I drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is split by the Continental Divide which extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan. I’ve always had this fascination of seeing it for some reason. So, I did! The divide gives each side of the park its character – the east being drier with glaciated peaks and the west being more lush with forestation. Everyone kept telling me to be on the lookout for elk but I didn’t spot any. I loved sitting on ledges, viewing the snow-capped Never Summer Mountains. I drove all the way up Trail Ridge Road which runs straight through the park. The highest elevation was around 12,000 feet and I started to feel it in my head when I was descending.
Then it was time for me to go. I loved the Denver girls. I’m already missing them hardcore.
Decoration on the wall the first night I stayed in SLC.
AiLien let me borrow her Polaroid. Everyone was raving about it. I took some great photos. Uploads soon(ish).