Tagged: John Hickenlooper

The last 2 weeks in review. My Year so Far.

              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.                
IMG_0225.JPG       The 2011 Grand Marshal and owner of the 1973 Triple Crown winner

                                             Secretariat Penny Chenery

IMG_0232.JPG                                       A Clydesdale team pulls wagon down 17th street          
IMG_0245.JPG CSU Mascot Cal

IMG_0257.JPG                                                       Look at this clown!!!

IMG_0306.JPG 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.
IMG_0319.JPG                                On Lookers as “D” interviews Tom Helmer         
IMG_0325.JPGAfter “D” The Rockpile Ranter interviewed Tom. Allanha X hoped in and did a great

                                                  job at also interviewing Tom
IMG_0328.JPG                                                          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.

IMG_0337.JPGSinging of the National Anthem Performed by Dianne Reeves. An the presentation of the colors by the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard                   
IMG_0353.JPG                Native American blessing by Matthew Box from the Southern Ute Tribe

IMG_0359.JPG                           Swearing in of State Treasuer Walker Stapleton. All the Oaths of office were administrated by Chief Justice Michael Bender

IMG_0366.JPG                                      Swearing in of Attorney General John Suthers

IMG_0376.JPG          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.
IMG_0379.JPG                                         Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia being sworn in.
IMG_0389.JPG                           Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia makes speech after being sworn in.
IMG_0394.JPGGov. Hickenlooper being sworn in, all the others who had been swarn in I had a good angle. 
IMG_0403.JPG  Former Gov. Bill Ritter (cowboy hat) and former gov. Bill Owens (red scarf) looking on while John Hickenlooper give his inaguaral speech.
IMG_0440.JPG                                                 The gold Leafed capital dome.
IMG_0488.JPG   The US Army National Gaurd fires cannon after the swearing in of The Governor.
IMG_0508.JPG  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.
IMG_0522.JPG                                   The Capital building after the inauguration.

IMG_0532.JPGAfter 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.

IMG_0551.JPGA look inside- the snow on the trees in the batters eye from the Homeplate entrance

                                                  @ 20th and Blake

IMG_0553.JPG                      Snow covered turnstile at the 1 st base entrance                                  
IMG_0560.JPG                                         Snow covered turnstile inside gate B

IMG_0565.JPGThe 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.

IMG_0566.JPG                                     The snow covered Rockpile ticket windows                        
IMG_0571.JPGThis 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!!!!!IMG_0576.JPG
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. 596.JPGAlong 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. 

IMG_0584.JPGI 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.