Day in Denver

About a week or so ago, Irene was at the dentist’s office and our dentist Dr. Beck gave Irene tickets to go see a Colorado Rockies baseball game. So, yesterday we went to Denver to see the game and spend a day in Denver.

We left early in the morning and, since the game did not start until after 6pm, we decided to visit the American Museum of Natural History in Denver. The main reason for visiting the Museum was to see the Body Worlds Exhibition. Body Worlds was in Dublin last year when we were there, but we did not go and visit while it was in Dublin. When I discovered that it was in Denver, I said to Irene that we should go.

Body Worlds was very interesting since you get to see real human bodies and body parts that have been preserved through a process called  “plastination.” This preserves everything so it can be put on display. By visiting the Body Worlds exhibition it gives you an idea of just how amazing and complex the human body really is. It was definitely worth the visit. The only thing that spoiled my visit was the idiot security guard that kept harassing me about my camera.

When we entered the exhibition there were signs up that said that no photography was allowed. That was not a problem so I just carried the camera in my hand as I went through the exhibition. About half way through, the security guard came up to me and asked if I had a case for my camera. I said no and he started to give me a hard time about how photography was not allowed and that I had to keep the camera turned off. Since I had read the signs and the camera had not been turned on, it was not really a problem, but this particular security guard saw fit to follow me through part of the exhibition. I actually felt a little threatened by this and even contemplated either challenging him or complaining to the museum administration. In the end, I did nothing and left when I was finished looking at everything.

After Body Worlds we had a look around the rest of the museum and I have to say that, although it was okay, it was nothing spectacular. It is good for a day visit and then not worth visiting again for a few years. They do have an IMAX theater in the museum that is worth a visit. We went to see the show about the space shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope and I thought it was spectacular, well worth the price of the admission.

When were finally finished at the museum, we went to the baseball game. Finding parking was actually quite difficult and when we got to Coors Field we found that the stadium parking had not yet opened. We eventually found parking downtown in a private parking garage close to the stadium. We then got some food in an Irish pub near right next to the stadium where I had fish and chips and some Guinness.

When we got into the stadium, the game was pretty uneventful other than the fact it threatened to rain. The Colorado Rockies played the L.A. Dodgers and the Rockies won the game 11-3, which was good. When we were done, it was pretty late and we just wanted to get out of Denver and on the highway to get home. Of course everyone else had the same idea making it difficult getting out of Denver. It was made worse by a Denver cop pulling Irene over because he claimed that she had cut someone off trying to change lanes. This was blatantly untrue, but it is not worth arguing over with the Denver Police. This is after all one of the dirtier police forces in America and the one that has a record of corruption, illegal arrests, and of letting people who are in need of medical attention die in prison cells. Eventually we out of Denver and managed to get home well after 1am.

Overall, it was a pretty good day. I do get tired traveling all the way to Denver and back and I think that in the future it will be better if we stay overnight. The only thing that ruined the day was the idiot security guard and the power happy police officer.