Best summer attractions in Denver

 

Summers are always the best times for travelling and when it comes to places like Denver, it is the most amazing duration to enjoy all that it has to offer. All it takes is for one to rent a vehicle and embark on this really entertaining journey in sunny Denver. So if you are looking for a place to enjoy outdoors in the summers, then Denver is the ultimate destination for you.

The following are the list of attractions that Denver offers during the summer season from March to September:

1. Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the park is an amazing attraction for tourists as it boasts of being an outdoor location for concerts. The natural acoustics provide for an ultimate musical experience. Also, the park has various hiking trails for those wishing to go for a hike in the sunny weather.

2. City Park

It offers a great destination for those willing to entertain themselves with smooth and sultry jazz and that too for free. The City Park holds free concerts of jazz every Sunday during the summer months from June to August providing an amazing location for tourists and visitors to picnic while enjoying the music.

3. Hiking trails

The city of Denver has a lot of hiking trails in its vicinity where one can go to enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The tourists can rent vehicles and drive over to these hiking trails to enjoy the rugged terrains and also do some bird watching.

4. Denver Zoo

For those of you interested in animals, Denver Zoo is the ultimate destination as it is home to around 4000 animals. During the summer months, the zoo opens every day and even offers the visitors an opportunity to interact with and feed the giraffes.

5. Denver Art Museum

To enjoy the thriving art of Denver, the Art Museum is the best place to go to. It boasts of a plethora of exhibits from different eras to cater to the tastes of all art lovers.

6. Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market is a great place to enjoy the fresh produce of Denver. Denver’s peaches are known all over the world and even a peach festival is celebrated during late summers called the Lafayette Peach Festival. To truly indulge in the healthy and fresh produce of Denver like its tomatoes and peaches, all that’s needed is a vehicle to drive over to the farmers market.

7. Botanic Gardens

These amazing gardens housing over 32,000 species of plants are great for visiting over the summer months. The place holds special significance for plant lovers as they can enjoy the beauty of a wide variety of plants in these gardens.

Thereby, to conclude it can be said that Denver is an amazing location for tourists but during summer months it becomes even more attractive due to a wide variety of activities and attractions ranging from hiking and animal watching to enjoying picnics while being entertained by music.

All of these make Denver the ultimate tourist destination, where tourists can rent out a vehicle and go all over the place to have a great time

A New Year and New Opportunities to Protect Our Waters

Dear Friends of Florida waters:

I hope everyone took the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and that we are all rested up and ready to take a fresh stand for Florida’s waters in 2016.  I know that I did and as I sit here at my desk, looking out at Ochlockonee Bay, thinking of all the amazing people in Florida who are committed to protecting our waters, I am encouraged and inspired.

Yet, the 2016 legislative session is upon us and once again we face daunting challenges.  Our state leaders are completely controlled by corporate money and special interests.  They seem to care nothing about Florida’s fragile resources or the future we leave for our children and grandchildren. Yet, time and time again we collectively are able to stave off their attacks or find a way to force positive actions from them.  When we are successful, it is because we all stand together and focus.  That’s what we have to do again this year.

On a more positive note, it looks like we will have a more level playing field in the upcoming 2016 elections – thanks to recent decisions made by state courts.  As sure as the tide turns out on the bay, the political tides will turn in Florida and we will once again have elected officials in charge who care about the important things and not just their own personal gain.

Here’s a glimpse of what lies ahead in the rest of this message:

1.  Movie night in Navarre – WE HAVE MOVED OUR MOVIE NIGHT TO THE 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH!!!

2.  Fracking rally – Tallahassee, January 20th!

3.  Water bill – Make sure your legislators hear from you before they take their final vote on this most important legislation.

4.  Toxics criteria – EPA is still stalling.  Litigation is quickly becoming our only option.

1.  Movie night in Navarre – WE HAVE MOVED OUR MOVIE NIGHT TO THE 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH!!! That means it will be next Wednesday, January 13th at St Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Henderson Hall, Navarre, FL.  This month we are thrilled to present a one-hour documentary by Jill Heinreth called, “We are Water”.  You can go to these links to learn more about the film and the organization that Jill started to help all of us better realize our connection to the water that surrounds us.  Here’s the links:

We Are Water Project

Our pot-luck dinner begins at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6:30.  You can bring a covered dish or just bring yourself.  There is no charge and we guarantee good food, good people and good information.  Hope to see you on Wednesday night!!!

2.  Fracking rally – Tallahassee, January 20th! If you are anywhere near Tallahassee, please join us at the Capitol at 1:00 for an anti-fracking rally. There will be great speakers and lots of inspiration to help us all keep fighting for Florida’s waters.

There is also a lobby-training on the 19th for the organized lobby effort that will be underway on the 20th before the rally.  You can find the registration form here:

http://rethinkenergyflorida.org/index.php/future-events/151-advocacy-day-2016 (also available off the http://rethinkenergyflorida.org home page)

ALSO – HERE IS A MESSAGE FROM RETHINK ENERGY ON HOW TO HELP WITH THE FRACKING BILLS COMING UP NEXT WEEK IN THE LEGISLATURE:

It is HIGHLY LIKELY that SB 318 (the fracking regulatory bill) and SB 166 (The fracking ban bill) will have their first chance to be heard or ignored during the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee meeting on Jan 13.

We know that killing the fracking regulatory bills and pressuring our elected officials to hear the fracking ban bill IN COMMITTEE are the next steps to stopping fracking in Florida. Senator Charlie Dean, who chairs the committee, has the power to give these bills a hearing or not, ensuring that they will have a chance to be voted on and sent to the next committee OR stopped in their tracks.

Senator Dean has told us several times that he does not like fracking.Please reach out to Senator Dean using the call-in service set up by Food and Water Watch and encourage him to act consistently with previous statement by HEARING SB 166 and IGNORING SB 318. Call in number is 1-866-583-2908.

Douglas Miller
Statewide Anti-Fracking Coordinator, ReThink Energy Florida
P.S. PLEASE SHARE CALL-IN EVENT ON FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/events/1538886646423341/

3.  Water policy bills – Make sure your legislators hear from you before they take their final vote on this most important legislation.  We are following the lead from the Florida Springs Council on this legislation.  As we have reported in recent updates, this legislation is terrible and will take Florida water policy backward 20 or 30 years – maybe even beyond anything we’ve ever had.  That’s how bad it is.  Here’s a link to a good summary of the problems with the bill:  http://www.tbo.com/news/florida/environmentalists-water-protection-bill-has-loopholes-ap_florida7c95db6f79194ae29bbbed94064af782
The bills have already passed in all House and Senate Committees to which they were assigned.  They will be considered on the House and Senate Floors late next week.  Passage is a certainty.  The FSC is working to get some significant amendments heard before final passage.

Please make sure your legislators know that you support the amendments being offered by the FSC.

4.  Toxics criteria – EPA is still stalling.  Litigation is quickly becoming our only option.

Since our last update, EPA has postponed another phone meeting about Florida’s recalcitrant position on adopting human-health based toxics criteria.  I recognize EPA’s stall tactics because we have been staring them in the face for years now.

Thanks to your recent contributions, we will be able to move forward with our legal options within the next few weeks.  We have tried every way possible to avoid this, but for some reason, EPA refuses to take ANY steps to make Florida abide by the Clean Water Act.

These regulations are important to public health in Florida.  We cannot continue to allow cancer-causing chemicals to be dumped in Florida’s waters where they bio-accumulate in our fish, contaminate our drinking water, soak into our skin where we swim, etc.  without any limits on how much can be dumped.  Now, Florida is facing the very real threat of fracking for oil and gas in many parts of the state and we don’t even have regulations for many of the chemicals that could turn up in our waters from these activities.

The 2016 election is an important one.  Get involved in your community.  Every state senate seat will be on the ballot.  We have many new districts and opportunities for change.  Every one of us can help to make a difference in the future of Florida’s environmental policies by helping good candidates get elected.

Our Location : Drummond Island, Michigan

At the heart of any event is its location, and we have searched the Great Lakes Region to find a place that is as unique as the knowledge and skills GLTAG offers. Drummond Island, located at the mouth of the St. Mary’s River in beautiful Northern Lake Huron, is a true gem of the Great Lakes. The island holds an array of some of the most breathtaking natural features and ecologically pristine habitats in the region with endless opportunities to explore, adventure, and learn. To learn more about the wonders of Drummond Island and view maps, please visit the Drummond Island Tourism Association’s website. Some features of the island include:

  1. Expansive wild rice beds

  2. Rare alvar glacial ecosystem

  3. Pristine boreal and deciduous forests

  4. 300 million year old fossil ledges

  5. Access to Lake Huron and St. Mary’s waterway

  6. Dozens of near-shore historic shipwrecks

  7. Fascinating cultural, historical, and archaeological sites

  8. Outlying island nature preserves within paddling distance

  9. Wide array of natural habitats that support many unique and rare species

The GLTAG site is located on the quaint and secluded Warner’s Cove, one of the few sand bays on the south shore of Drummond Island. The site is wooded but open and ideal for camping and classes with a beautiful view and direct acces to the cove and the big lake. The large sand beach is ideal for swimming, and the surrounding natural areas are home to several ecosystems that are a forager’s paradise.

The island can be reached by public ferry that is operated by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority. The ferry runs 24 hours, generally every hour during daytime and every few hours from midnight to morning. Cost is a very reasonable $14 for a car or pickup and driver, and $2 per every additional adult – without a vehicle price is $2 per adult. Ferry schedule and pricing can be found HERE. There is also an airport on the island, follow the link for the ferry schedule and scroll down to see air service details.

Accommodations

Primitive tent camping areas are provided onsite for registered participants. You provide your own tent. Staying onsite is the best way to fully enjoy the many fun aspects of GLTAG camplife. All other accommodations listed below must be purchased separately from local businesses.

RV camping is available on the island. A listing of RV camping options on the island can be found HERE. We recommend Trailhead Campground which is close to the site and has full facilities.

Other accommodations ranging from hotels to vacation resorts are also available – click HERE for more information.

Site Facilities

Potable water is provided, and the site has flush toilets. The lake is available for bathing or swimming. To keep our lakes clean we ask that participants use biodegradable soap.  Bring sandals, suit, etc. Sandals are always recommended for swimming.

A large tent will be available in the central area for dining, camp meetings, and entertainment. Smaller flys and shelters are provided as classroom spaces in outlying wooded areas and along the beach.

A professionally staffed medical tent will also be onsite.