So over the last 2 weeks I experienced and attended many things I may not normaly attend. Here in Colorado we have had the National Western Stock Show, we have seen a new Gov. sworn in, a much needed change in Dove Valley with John Elway’s return to the front office of the Broncos, Broncos announce a new head coach John Fox and of course the 7 year, 80 Million Dollar deal that outfielder Carlos Gonzales signed with the Rox. Some of these events I was there for, some I wish I was, but here are photos from my experiences of the last 2 weeks.
January 6, 2011 I headed to what is now now a tradition for me,iIt is to go to the National Western Stock Show Parade. This is the time of the year that Denver proves again that it is a cow town even though it try’s so hard to deny it’s not the rest of the year. I started going to the Parade last year when Colorado Rockies Todd Helton was the Grand Marshall. So because of my baseball Addiction I got to experience a totaly different world of cattle and tractors.
Every Year the Parade is kicked of by a herd of long horn cattles heading down 17th street.
The 2011 Grand Marshal and owner of the 1973 Triple Crown winner
Secretariat Penny Chenery
A Clydesdale team pulls wagon down 17th street
CSU Mascot Cal
Look at this clown!!!
Jan. 8, 2011 The Rockpile Ranter Interviews Fsn’s Tom Helmer @ Champs at Park Meadows Mall. For Video and more of the interviewCheck out The Rockpile Rant http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/ It was a very cool experience and thanks to Tom and his wife for hanging out with the Rantics.
On Lookers as “D” interviews Tom Helmer
After “D” The Rockpile Ranter interviewed Tom. Allanha X hoped in and did a great
job at also interviewing Tom
Mom With Tom Helmer
January 11, 2011 So what to do when it’s a mid January day, your off from work, it’s not baseball season and it’s 5 degrees. Well I headed downtown to the capital building for the Inauguration of the new Governer of Colorado John W. Hickenlooper. Former geologist and Brew Pub Owner which was mentioned a few times during speeches that day.
Singing of the National Anthem Performed by Dianne Reeves. An the presentation of the colors by the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard
Native American blessing by Matthew Box from the Southern Ute Tribe
Swearing in of State Treasuer Walker Stapleton. All the Oaths of office were administrated by Chief Justice Michael Bender
Swearing in of Attorney General John Suthers
Former Gov. Bill Ritter makes speech. I don’t know what he said something about 5 degrees and blahblah wahwah. Go Colorado or something like that. I think I will stick to baseball.
Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia being sworn in.
Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia makes speech after being sworn in.
Gov. Hickenlooper being sworn in, all the others who had been swarn in I had a good angle.
Former Gov. Bill Ritter (cowboy hat) and former gov. Bill Owens (red scarf) looking on while John Hickenlooper give his inaguaral speech.
The gold Leafed capital dome.
The US Army National Gaurd fires cannon after the swearing in of The Governor.
Denver 7’s Ana Cabrera interviews ?????. Not sure who he is. I would actually like to thank Ana and her photographer for hanging on to the lens I dropped while photographing the cannon firing.
The Capital building after the inauguration.
After the inaugration I headed by Coors Field on my way back to the truck. The snow covered Stadium look bored on the outside even though on the inside big business was taking place as Cargo signed his 7 year contract.
A look inside- the snow on the trees in the batters eye from the Homeplate entrance
@ 20th and Blake
Snow covered turnstile at the 1 st base entrance
Snow covered turnstile inside gate B
The runner on the side of the The Blue Moon Brewing company, on the corner of 22nd and Blake looks more like he is slipping on snow then scoring a run.
The snow covered Rockpile ticket windows
This is a look of the Centerfield entrance covered in snow.
Ok so here is proof that I am the first in line for the Rockpile gate for opening day!!!!!
On My way home I saw this guy in a tall tree by the South Platte River. This is an immature Bald Eagle probably less than 1 Year old. They’re are actually a group of 3-5 Eagles that hang out over there. I often see full grown mature Bald Eagles at this location. Along the South Platte River north of downtown Denver. Thought this was cool, the air temp was about 20 degrees, but the water temp was much warmer but made for a cool effect.
I am The Rox Addict and I will see you around town and Coors Field. Also my fellow Rantics and I will be at Rockies Fest this coming Saturday.