Pure coincidence, it was, that the Inauguration Dinner of my 2017 Colorado Eating Tour occurred on Inauguration Night. In typical fashion, I had no clue. Driving west on C-470 with my friend, I exclaimed over the fireworks that exploded in front of us, "What are those for?"
Ummm, yeah, it was not planned, but we'll figure out the significance, probably at the end of this tour.
It was New Year's Day, and I was taking my weekend drive to Lariat Loop when I decided that I was going to do a restaurant tour of Colorado. I was going to find good food if it meant exhaustively combing the plains and mountains of Colorado.
Anyone who ever read this blog or who knows me is well aware that I'm a wanderer. I've lived in more places than most people visit in their lifetimes. And, my favorite pastime is a good meal with good company and good wine, or insert beverage of choice here.
Soooooo, as much as I absolutely loved the natural beauty of Colorado, I was dying for a good meal. And, I did not want to assume that there wasn't one out there. Let's face it, I moved out here after a happy summer of freedom to a job that demanded (at least) 14 hour workdays, including weekends. My span of experience included one bourgeois suburb and that was about it.
Therefore with Western-frontier determination I decided I would Picard-style "make it so". I would spend 2017 traversing Colorado to find a good meal.
I haven't really made a resolution in a very long time, if I ever did (I will have to check with my sisters on that), so it was a funny feeling driving down Highway 8. 'Am I joining the rest of society,' I wondered. Maybe so.
Fast forward a few weeks, and there we were heading down C-470 to a Colorado staple, The Fort, on Inauguration Day.
When The Fort began construction it was meant to be a private residence in the form of an adobe castle, but due to the cost of construction, the owners decided to re-purpose the ground floor for a restaurant (http://thefort.com/the-history-of-the-fort/). Known for the wild game on the menu, the adobe design and its location near the amazing natural amphitheater Red Rocks, I thought, this is perfect.
And, I was told, they take your picture. 'What?' I hate getting my picture taken as did the friend that I bribed to come with me, but I thought, maybe that was perfect. I know I'm going to have to force myself to do uncomfortable things if I'm going to be successful in my mission. So a little hardship seemed apropos.
So, how was it? Geez, the impatience. Check back soon......more to come on buffalo ears, or antlers (whatever) and peanut-butter stuffed jalapenos.
Freeing Sisyphus (aka Melody)
Putting the shoulder to the boulder and taking small steps each day to achieve freedom from the mundane.