Surprisingly, I never smelled the strong aroma or even faint whiff of marijuana upon a recent visit to Denver and Colorado. However, one man at the training I attended there recently told me he saw employees of a Pizza Hut he visited passing around something in the back room. Many Kansans know that all of [...]

Surprisingly, I never smelled the strong aroma or even faint whiff of marijuana upon a recent visit to Denver and Colorado. However, one man at the training I attended there recently told me he saw employees of a Pizza Hut he visited passing around something in the back room.
Many Kansans know that all of Colorado east of the Front Range was part of Kansas until 1861. In fact, Denver received its name from William Larimer, a land speculator from Leavenworth in November 1858. Larimer named it after then Kansas Territorial Governor, James Denver, although the governor had actually moved on to become Commissioner of Indian Affairs before the name became official.
Denver today is a rapidly growing metropolis. In most places within the greater metropolitan area, you won't even realize the mountains are nearby, since buildings block the view. However, head west on many roads or jumps E-470 like we did, and you'll soon realize that you're not in Territorial Kansas anymore.
Denver has a lot to offer visitors, although I didn't have the opportunity to do much, since I was attending training for Friends of wildlife refuges with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. However, our evenings were free (my wife joined me on the trip), and we tried some of the culinary fare that the Mile High had to offer, including Ethiopian, Cuban, Mediterranean/Iranian, and Indian.
On any visit, at least when the weather's nice, you definitely know you're in Colorado, where residents have a predilection for the outdoors and active lifestyles. We saw numerous walking and bicycle paths in our journeys.
Hopefully next year sometime, we'll go back to Colorado so I can take my mother to the John Denver Sanctuary near Aspen. That's the music she raised me on, and she said she would like to see the mountains one last time.