Mile High City
We all three made it to Denver and due to circumstances; we all did not stay in the same RV park. Larry and I and Tony and Juliann all stayed in Englewood, while the Fine's stayed at a state park in Aurora. We are about 15 miles apart.
While we were here in Denver, Tony and Juliann spent the better part of two days visiting with friends they have here in the area.
Larry and I toured the Coors factory. I guess once you have taken a brewery tour, they are pretty much all the same. I felt this one was very nice and they did give you lots of free beer to sample at the end of the tour.
On Tuesday we all had reservations to tour the Denver Mint. This mint, of course, makes only coins. We saw the paper money process in Washington D.C. They make pennies here at the rate of about 750 per minute per press. We have never seen so many pennies. There were about 5 presses just churning out pennies. The life span of a coin is about 30 years, were as the life span of a dollar bill is about 22 months. The guide we had was very informative and had a great speaking voice. We all felt it was one of the best tours we have had.
After we toured the Denver Mint, we all went out to lunch for a goodbye lunch. This is where we leave the Fine's and the Fontana's and the Evan's head for home.
Larry and I feel that this really is the end of our trip. From here on out we will just be driving and heading for the barn.
We want to say a special thank you to our fellow Trekies, Dick, Gail, and Rocky Pellegrini, Tony and Juliann Fontana, and Don, Bonnie and Dusty Fine. This adventure would not have been the same without you. And what an adventure we have had. No one could have chosen a better group of folks to travel with and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives. You have all become special friends.
We think God is really telling us that it is time to go home. Yesterday afternoon, it started to snow here in Denver and we ended up with about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Needless to say, the heaters were really running all night. We were sure we were going to beat the snow home. Can't complain as we have skirted the bad weather for almost 5 months now.
We will post some final thoughts when we arrive home.