Pike's Peak and Red Rocks

The temperature change in Winter Park must have been too much for me, because I came down with a nasty cold last week after the day off. Its going around – Wayne, our wardrobe supervisor, had it, as did Mike Berg, our pyro guy, and Robert, who plays Robin. I did manage to do a few things last week even though I was all stuffed up.

Tony Holds and David Nehls

Tony Holds and David Nehls

David Nehls, who composed and music directed “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”, which I worked on in New York last year, came to the show on Tuesday night and a group of us went out for drinks afterwards at The Corner Office. David is a great guy and so fun to hang with – it was great to spend some time with him. He and the band and the understudies (which Tony Holds, who plays Galahad, was one) were the best things about “Trailer Park” – we had such a blast together and I miss them!

On Wednesday, I had a girlie crafting day with Fran. We went to a couple of yarn stores and bead stores and bought some loot. All in all, I have spent over $200 in yarn while in Denver! I have a couple of projects in mind, though, so it isn’t just stash enhancement! Fran and I had a delicious lunch at a Thai restaurant, and the spices were just what I needed to help clear my sinuses!

The rest of the week and weekend were rest days for me – I didn’t really go out at all except for work, which was good, because by Monday I was ready to hit the mountains again. Ryan and I drove to Manitou Springs and visited Garden of the Gods, which is a public park that has some really cool red rock formations. We walked around for about an hour in the early afternoon, and then came back at sunset. Here’s some highlights:

That’s Pike’s Peak peeking through the hole in the red rock above. In the afternoon on Monday we caught a train at the Cog Railway which took us up to the summit of Pike’s Peak – which is over 14,000 feet above sea level. The train is really the way to go up the mountain. The ride was beautiful, and although there is a road which you can take yourself in your own car, we didn’t want to have to worry about overheating brakes or any of that nonsense. You can also hike up the mountain, which Erik Hayden, one of our ensemble members, did last week, but he did not have a pleasant experience with exerting himself in the high altitude, so for us, sitting on a train to the top seemed like the way to go.

The scenery in Colorado right now is just beautiful. On the ride up the mountain we saw the aspen trees changing colors and creeks and lakes and snow capped mountains. At the summit we were able to get off the train for close to an hour to take photos and walk around. It is FREEZING at the top of Pike’s Peak – I think it was in the 20’s and windy, so you can really only spend a little bit of time outside, taking in the view (which is spectacular – you can see for 300 miles around you). The rest of the time on the peak, we spent shopping at the gift shop and drinking hot chocolate.

Ryan at the summit

Ryan at the summit

The Cog Railway

The Cog Railway

The view from the train

The view from the train

The aspens changing color

The aspens changing color

The view of the Rockies

The view of the Rockies

We ate dinner in Manitou Springs at a place called the Stagecoach Inn and then headed back to Denver.

On Tuesday we visited Red Rocks Park, which is near Denver, and home to the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, where many rock bands have played over the years. The park was really spectacular, and we did a mile long hike through the rock formations and took lots of pictures. We also saw some deer and a snake!

Our time in Denver is almost up! This week I am going to catch up with Tiffany and Robin one more time and see Janann, who I used to work with at ACT and who is now in the production department at the Denver Center. Oktoberfest is also back this weekend, so there may be some more beer drinking before the stay is over.

Tony Holds is leaving us at the end of the first week in Seattle, so Ben Davis will be our new Galahad. He started rehearsals today and seems like a really nice guy, so I am sure he will fit in well with the company.

I am looking forward to Seattle and seeing some old friends there, including Lisa Chernoff, who I worked with at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and who is going to be our sub for the six weeks Ken is in Australia. She starts training with us our second week in Seattle.

I’ll leave you with some photos from Sunday’s shot night, which was hosted by the wardrobe department.

Fran and Roy mixing drinks

Fran and Roy mixing drinks

The wardrobe dept - Fran, Roy and Wayne

The wardrobe dept - Fran, Roy and Wayne

Poor Darryl in drag – the girls stole his clothes and left him this to wear (can you believe Angelina travels this outfit?). All I gotta say, is that the boy has better legs than me. It’s not fair!

Darryl in drag

Darryl in drag

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