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Which One Do You Choose?
A sabbatical's not for you? Try a three-day break at one of these fun spots.By Docket Staff
We know some of you are groaning at the thought of taking a sabbatical, as discussed in last month’s Docket.
Maybe you can’t afford the time and money to leave for three months. But we know you need a break.
Changing your usual routine is the point. Do something different. Take a three-day weekend or just a day off. Don’t vacuum, watch TV or check your e-mails.
Here are some ideas we came up with:
Our wonderful mountains
- If you can’t trek in Nepal, go to Golden, up Lookout Mountain and hike the Beaverbrook Trail. It’s easy, gets you quickly away from the city and especially on week days is very peaceful. An alternative is to contact the Colorado Mountain Club www.cmc.org and sign up for an expert’s tour of some of Colorado’s often hidden and glorious hikes.
- Go to Steamboat Springs and tube down the Yampa River—once you "put in," you can put your problems on hold for a couple of hours while you bob along and soak up the warm sun. Go to www.blueskywest.com You’ll spend $15 for a half-hour tube ride and a shuttle ride back to your car.
- Why not see a concert, ride your bike or roller blade at Winter Park? Take the Ski Train to get there, which departs at 8 a.m and gets to Winter Park at 10:15 a.m. and leaves from there at 2:30 p.m. (they extend the departure time if there is a concert). You just store your bike in one of the train’s cars, and sit back and relax. Tickets are $45 per person. Winter Park is currently offering a two-night, two-day bike rental and a one-day lift ticket (they take you up the mountain with your bike on the back of the lift) for $186. Go to www.skiwinterpark.com and www.skitrain.com for information.
- Indian Springs Resort and Inn in Idaho Springs, one-half hour west of Denver on I-70, offers hot springs, a public pool, a mud room and caves to run around au natural (by gender). Try staying overnight in a suite at the Inn, built in 1905, for $75. If you stay, you can get discounts on spa packages (priced from $40-$140.) There is more package pricing atwww.indianspringsresort.com
- For a day trip, get up early and head for Pawnee National Grasslands, west of Fort Collins on Highway 14. The spectacular sunrise is not to be missed. Finish your day with a hike and picnic.
- If you have the urge to get competitive and hard-bodied, look up the Colorado Outward Bound School at www.cobs.org They offer classes and supervised excursions all over Colorado for rafting, ropes and mountaineering. Trip lengths can vary, about 6-23 days.
- If you are a bit of a history buff, but need nature, use Gunnison as your home base to get to the Blue Mesa Reservoir and Curecanti National Recreation Area in Gunnison. Blue Mesa offers all the fun stuff like fishing, camping and waterskiing. If you go west, take highway 90 to Black Canyon for spectacular sites. Go south, and you’ll be in Lake City, the place where Alfred Packer ate all those Democrats. Head north, and you can lounge at the brew pubs in Crested Butte.
Exercise (but not too hard)
- People who do yoga swear by it. Aside from being trendy and hip, this activity is known for de-stressing the mind, building strength (it worked for Madonna), increasing flexibility and improving posture. Many gyms and recreation centers have classes that are often covered by your membership fees. If you’d rather have a mid-morning break in the heart of the city, try the 20th Street Gym, 1011 20th St., (303) 295-4430. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and the cost is $4 per class (after you get a $10 annual membership card). Another good option is the Colorado School Of Yoga, 2162 S. Colorado Blvd., (303) 758-4814. They have classes throughout the day of every level of yoga. The drop-in price is $11 per class.
- If you haven’t tried Denver’s bike paths, you’re missing one of the secret assets of our city. They go everywhere, are off the hazardous streets, and once you get away from Cherry Creek, the rollerbladers thin out. It’s great entertainment and exercise. If you don’t have a bike, rent one from a business close to the bike paths (and wear a helmet to protect your precious brains). You can also pick up a path map at any bike store. You might also look into renting a tandem bike to share your day with a friend or partner. An especially beautiful route is along the Highline Canal south of Hampden. Bike clubs abound if you need company.
Room for pampering
- Either sign yourself up for a day spa or create your own. Start the day with a brisk walk (like they do at the real spas), eat a light breakfast, and go to a health club and get acquainted with the weights and machines. Treat yourself to a gourmet but healthy lunch and then go to your appointments for a facial, pedicure or manicure. Finish the afternoon with a massage. Great places for pampering are: Aveda Spa and Salon, 1616 17th St., (303) 628-5435; and Another Dimension Day Spa, 3773 Cherry Creek Drive North, Suite 185, (303) 322-2211. When you’re reaxed and beautiful, have someone take you out for a great dinner and a show.
- Go to a concert at Red Rocks. Sure, you’ll be sleepy the next day, but you will have seen a sunset at one of our natural wonders and heard some good music, too. For a listing of upcoming concerts, call (303) 640-7334.
- Pack a picnic dinner and bottle of wine, and chill at one of the Denver Botanical Gardens’ summer concerts, 1005 York St. Concerts run from June 13 to September 7, and prices range from $25-$30. Buy tickets at (800) 965-4827 or www.ticketweb.com
- If you have time off and have relaxed to the max, try helping in your community.
- Visit Children’s Hospital and volunteer to read to a child—talk about putting your life in perspective. Call their volunteer line at (303) 861-6887.
- Check in with your favorite nonprofit. Often they sponsor a run or walk. You might pay $25 for registration but you’re helping out your favorite cause and getting exercise. For an upcoming walk/run, check out the SafeHouse Walk/Run 2001 on Sunday, June 24 in City Park. The cost is $22 ($12 for youths under 18 years old) before June 24, or $25 (and $15) on race day. Call Robert Sobel at (303) 839-8506 to register.
- No one can dispute the relaxing nature of gardening. (Even if you do dispute it, it’s good exercise.) Every year the Denver Urban Gardens recruits volunteers to plant flowers and vegetables in Denver’s inner city. For more information, call (303) 292-9900.
Special thanks to CBA Local Bar Liaison Jo Ann Salazar, who contributed to this article.
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