The trip started out with an early morning drive to the Orlando Airport. We decided that since we had 3 big bags to drop them off at curb side, pay the tip, then take our time parking the car in economy blue lot. We had our southwest passes A60 and B1. In between A and B is some other group, kids or something. So anyway I had to hold the seats. The direct flight to Denver is real nice and I got my Bose noise canceling head phones and ipod.
We get there around 11am, luggage takes a while and once one of our big bags arrives, it has a broken wheel. By the way Southwest is not responsible for broken wheels or handles, but the bags did fly free, as long as there under 50 pounds. I guess the tip did not guarantee no broken wheels... anyway, it still can be dragged by my wife through the snow, while I haul the snowboard bag and other big bag with working wheels plus backpack. Heading to Alamo shuttle to Alamo Rental Car. Guy talks me into an upgrade to full size SUV and post dates arrival a few hours to help with the rate. Actually the rate turned out to be the same which was a pleasant surprise at end of trip. Chevy Tahoe 4-wheel drive, nice truck for
the snowy conditions we face throughout the trip.
We gave the hotel a pass by then straight to Old Chicago on Market Street for lunch and 3 beers for my third world beer tour. Meat Me Calzone. After that we check in to the hotel that will be home for the next 2 nights, which turned out to be a nice hotel with complementary breakfast and parking. Rested up until we walked to the Pepsi Center for the Colorado Avs vs Nashville Predators Hockey game. On the walk Penny found $60, so we were glad we decided to walk instead of shuttle. That $60 paid for a few extra drinks and some Avs t-shirts. The hockey game was fun, try to get close to the glass next time!! We walked home the long way over 16th street bridges over I-25 and the creek, getting our exercise in preparation for days ahead.