************************UPDATE FROM JOANIE & MIKE*********************** all is still on! we're fine and can't wait to see everyone! we just don't know what stage of construction our condo complex will be in, though most doesn't directly affect our unit. we're taking lots of deep breaths, and learning patience. things will be as they are, and boy, the stories we'll have about this reunion - before it even starts! we're always into making sulgit history!
we will ALL need the camping trip after this. cousins: plan a couple nights at the end. *************************************************************************
BBQ, scenery, fishing (for the fly fishers in all of you) plus a horse-shoe tournament between the old folks and the young guns. Sitting, walking and hiking for all levels
Sunday June 29 Brunch and departure for some
June 30-July 2 (m-w) Camping trip We will spend two nights camping in the the mountains. We will need feedback from all participants to determine the level of camping. Camping, hiking, cooking & sitting around the campfire.
After much research, we believe we've got it! A really nice, newer hotel right near downtown Denver and approximately a 10 minute drive to our house.
Denver Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites 1845 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203 http://www.hamptoninn.com 303-864-8000 Contact: Eileen Springsteen or John Collins
Group rate of approx. $89/night standard king or 2 double beds, $109/night suite w/pull out couch (working out a contract as we get this info on the website, more final after Easter weekend!)
14.85% tax rate
Continental Breakfast included (fruits, oatmeal, bagels, cereal, +2 hot dishes) from 6-10am
Pool & Jacuzzi open daily 6:00am - midnight
Fitness Center open daily 5:00am - midnight
Nice lobby area with some seating to hang out - complimentary coffee available 24 hours
Wired and wireless internet complimentary in all rooms
microwave and refrigerator in all rooms
STUFF CLOSE BY *Several cute bars/restaurants within walking distance (no bar or restaurant in hotel)
Williams Pub 2-3 blocks east on 17th (small and quaint, not fancy)
Tavern Uptown 4 blocks east on 17th (think sports bar)
Randolph's in Warwick Hotel 1776 Grant Street (great patio! - but pricey)
The Avenue Grill 630 E.17th www.avenuegrill.com (very pricey w/ good specials/happy hr)
*Approx. 5 minute walk to downtown 16th street mall w/free shuttle going east to west
Check out Larimer Street (at west end) with many cute shops and eateries
LODO area (also at west end) where Rockies Baseball team plays (fun area, McCormick's Fish House and Bar at 17th & Wazee has Great Happy Hour Mon.-Sat. 3-6p & 10p-12a, plus lots of fun sports bars, restaurants, shops, etc.)
*Close to the Denver Art Museum Great museum w/new addition (we have membership & will have limited tix to special events) 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, http://www.denverartmuseum.org
We hope this gets everyone started and as excited as we are! We're including a map that may help. But if you have any questions, comments, or concerns with these accommodations, please feel free to call us at 303-781-7529. Also, there are some Bed and Breakfasts on 17th St. near the hotel. See below, in case any of you would prefer that type of setting.
Enjoy the Journey! Love, the Sulgit-Ware contingent
A=airport B=Joanie & Mike's C=Denver Downtown Hampton Inn
Castle Marne approx. 4 rms. available reunion weekend from $120-240, most w/hot tubs & balconies 1572 Race 303-331-0621 www.castlemarne.com
Holiday Chalet 9 rooms from $145 includes breakfast 1820 E. Colfax 303-321-9975 www.holidaychalet.net
If you are concerned about altitude sickness, here are some ways to prevent it: First, keep in mind that because we are not that high, nor is the mountain park we are visiting, therefore, symptoms, if any, should be easy to work with. The American Heart Assn's web site explains more and talks of elevations over 8000 feet, more than you will be at during your stay, unless you go camping with us or take other drives through the mountains.
If you have health concerns: Talk to your doctor for more info and any interactions with medication you may be taking. Denver is at 5280 ft elevation (hence mile high) and the park we will be in Sat. is approx. 7000 ft - not much difference
a natural preventative remedy is ginko, check with your natural food store for doses, etc.
take aspirin about 1 week prior to coming to thin your blood
drink LOTS of water, all throughout the day, more than normal, it really helps
DON'T drink lots of alcohol until you see how the altitude affects you, figure 1 drink = 3 until you are used to it, and many won't be here long enough to really get used to it
eat some dark chocolate, something in it is supposed to help
get plenty of rest, you may be a bit more tired, at first
take it easy and listen to your body! your regular workout or typical activity may not work for you! yes, sulgits - RELAX!
Symptoms can include slight dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath (with exertion). Mostly when people talk of altitude sickness it's mountain climbers that go much higher without any rest in between. What we are doing shouldn't impact most. My mother, sister, brother, Ashley and friends, all of different ages and health have not had any problems during visits, even driving or being in the mountains.
The area we are going to Sat. is wheelchair accessible and has some large steps down to the shelter where we will beónot a lot of walking at all. Bathrooms are up the wheelchair ramp, or stairs; again, not very far. Walking and hiking is certainly available in the area, but not at all necessary for where we will be, purely optional! You can sit and enjoy the views all day! Also, if anyone is getting tired, there's a few restaurants in the area, and then Denver is only about 45 minutes away. Don't worry, we've thought of this stuff, too!