Denver Walk-Abouts!

Now that abstract submissions are in and we are closing in on all the details for our 36th Annual INANE meeting, we can turn attention to the program enhancements that are already planned!  Of course we have the Thursday interesting (and delicious) opening excursion to Castle Rock (included in your registration), the opening Gala on Thursday evening (also included), and the optional “High Tea” at the close of the conference on Saturday!

Then each morning I (Peggy) and Julia will be leading Denver Walk-Abouts for those who want to get up a bit early to enjoy the invigorating early morning mile-high air!  Denver is well-known as a “fitness” city – more opportunities for

16th Street Mall
16th Street Mall

physical activities than almost any other city in the U.S.!  The downtown city streets are very pedestrian-friendly and in fact one of the main thoroughfares – 16th Street – is completely dedicated to pedestrian and trolley traffic only.  We will take one of our walk-abouts along the 16th Street mall – which at 6 am will be mostly deserted, but will give you an overview of the many fun entertainment, browsing, eating and shopping opportunities line the mall.

The other path will take us to Confluence Park, which marks the area where a gold discovery in 1858 led to the founding of the city.  This Park is also the northern end of a 40-mile trail that parallels Cherry Creek, passing southeat through urban landscapes and parks, into the suburbs and ending at Cherry Creek State Park in Arapahoe County. Of course we will only have time (and energy!) for a bit of exploration of Confluence Park, but we will talk about the many attractions that are within reach along the trail as it wanders through the city just south of Confluence Park!

So bring your walking shoes – even if you do not plan to join us for the walk-abouts!  Denver is a very casually oriented city – you won’t need to dress up, and the weather will be very warm to hot once we step outside the hotel!  I will be wearing Teva sandals the whole time – so follow my lead and plan for comfort, whether you are walking, siting, or standing!

Peggy, on behalf of the planning group!

Hosts: Karren Kowalski and Patricia Yoder-Wise

Planning Committee Members:

Liana Comacho
Peggy Chinn
Edna Hull
Elaine Miller
Leslie Nicoll
Julia Snethen

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