Rockies Baseball

This past weekend One Cute Cowboy and I went to Denver to go to a Colorado Rockies’ baseball game. It’s one of our absolute favorite pastimes. Since our first game, we’ve been hooked and Rockies’ fans for life. We’ve figured out a good little routine for a seamless trip to Coors Field, today I’d like to share those tid-bits of information.

  1. Take a taxi, Uber, or hotel car to the game.

One thing we’ve definitely figured out it is impossible to get around in a big ‘ol ranch pick-up in downtown Denver. Not to mention, parking is unbearable. That’s why we’ve always found it best to call a car to take you to and from Coors Field. The plus side is, you don’t have to worry about driving if you want to have a drink at the game either. If your hotel has a shuttle service or a town car, it’s usually best, and cheapest to have them take you. (This is a great question to ask when booking your hotel room.) If not a Taxi or Uber work just as well, just usually end up costing more. One thing we’ve definitely figure out is establish a good pick-up spot! I can’t stress this enough, once the game lets out it’s near impossible to find your pickup vehicle, so we’ve learned that establishing with your driver before the game, a good area to be picked up, is key! ” When the game is out, please pick us up at 20th & Market!” Trust me on this one.

     2. Get stair seats

When booking your tickets to the game (I always suggest booking in advance) look for rows with several seats open and if possible get seats beside the staircase. This makes it so much easier when you want to get up to go to the concession stands, bathrooms, catch the beer guy, etc. Also, if you pick a row with fewer seats booked that means less traffic for you at the end of the row. Granted those seats can get booked after yours, but it still leaves some space for not having a full row and you don’t feel as crowded.

    3. Notice where you’re sitting 

One Cute Cowboy and I have figured out a specific section we like to book our seats in, but realized this last time maybe we should rethink where we sit, depending on the month. Let me explain, we love to sit anywhere between sections 131–138. These are on the west side of the stadium, and you have a perfect view between 3rd base and home. This last game we went to was an evening game and was fairly chilly with the sun still out and only got cooler as it started to go down for we were already in the shade, and realized those on the east side of the stadium were still in some sunshine. Now let me tell you, when we first chose this side we’d gone to games in the heat of the summer and the shade was more than welcomed. But we’ve decided that next time we got to any game before the middle of June, we should try to get seats somewhere between 120-124 on the East side of the stadium, so on those chilly game nights we’ll have the warm sun a little longer. Granted I don’t think these seats would be as exciting, but still good seats none-the-less. 

We ended up having to buy a blanket in the souvenir shop.

    4.  Always bring cash

In this day and age, it’s easy to forget to get cash because I feel most everyone has a debit/credit card now and just don’t carry cash anymore. I’m pretty guilty of this myself. But it’s kind of essential for you to take cash to a baseball game if you are planning on eating/drinking. Sure the concession stands have debit card machines, but what’s really great is when those food vendors, or hawkers (that’s what I call them) that go up and down the aisles selling popcorn,peanuts,beer,cokes,snow cones, etc. Those guys are awesome and only take cash. It’s nice not to have to miss anything during the game. Also cash is always good to have for tips. Whether it’s your bartender at the game, or your hotel shuttle driver, it’s always good to have a little cash for tips.

     5. Always get a fruit kabob

Okay, so this one isn’t detrmanetal, but man are they good! They’re these kabobs that have either banana and strawberries dipped and drizzled in chocolate on a kabob, or you can get strawberries and brownies dipped and drizzled in chocolate on a kabob. They are divine! Also something those handy hawkers carry up and down the aisles. 😉 One Cute Cowboy says you also need a Rocky Dog, you can bet you won’t be disassappointed. 

There you have it! Those are just a few things One Cute Cowboy and I have learned about going to the Rockies games. If you’ve never been to a MLB game we both highly recommend it whether it be a date night, a family vacation, or like us, just getting out of town for awhile, they are a blast! #gorox

Do any of you have tips and tricks on going to an MLB game? As always, I love hearing from my readers!

Sunset, Santa Fe

Growing up, my parents style seemed to always be inspired by the southwest. Paintings of R.C. Gorman’s, turquoise jewelry (before it was trendy) Native American pottery, and the sounds of the Eagles in the background of my childhood. Not to say there wasn’t a strong “western” feel as well, and most certainly plenty of Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash. But my parents have a love for Santa Fe, therefore that love was passed down to us girls. 

This painting of R.C. Gorman’s hung in our house all of my childhood.

The summer OneCuteCowboy
and I met, we took a trip to Santa Fe with my parents. I often say it was that trip when I knew I loved him. We had so much fun walking the square, going in and out of the shops, learning of Santa Fe’s rich history, and visiting several historical churches and sites. It was such a fun trip, and I’ve been itching to go back ever since.

My mother-in-law has been wanting us to go to Indian Market, always the 3rd weekend of August, which usually falls around my birthday. This year we decided to go. She has a deep love for Native American culture and has been to the Indian Market several times. It was enormous! I don’t think Riley and I were quite prepared for how big of an event this was. I read that 120,000 extra people come into Santa Fe for this festival/market. It was people and booths everywhere! It was a bit overwhelming!

This wasn’t even 1/4 of the people and booths.

We walked by the different booths and poked our heads into different shops. One of our favorite places to stop by on the square is Native Jackets.   I ordered a custom jacket here for OneCuteCowboy our first Christmas together. The man that owns the shop is a connoisseur of Navajo rugs/blankets. He is chalk full of interesting information and has quite the collection of vintage and valuable rugs. He had an actual weaver at the shop demonstrating her craft.

The woman working at the loom is Master Weaver, Marie H. Yazzie, and her daughter Marilyn, is spinning wool. We sat and watched and talked to the owner for a good hour. He showed us a couple of rugs from the 1890’s and one rug that was $95,000! Gulp! It was interesting and fun to learn a few things about weaving and the history of it. There’s a book I’d love to get my hands on to learn more.

We also met an incredible Shoshone and Paiute artist by the name of Micqaela Jones. She used magnificent color and painted some of my favorite things, wild animals. I’m not usually one for all those funky colors, but Micqaela is a true artist and has such a knack for capturing character in her paintings. Each one has a story to tell. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to her and hope to buy one of her paintings in the near future. I encourage you to check out her website by clicking her name above Or either picture below. 

Micqaela and my mother-in-law, Talonna

A few of her original pieces.

One thing OneCuteCowboy and I were in search of was the perfect squash blossom. That’s what he wanted to get me for my birthday. We’d kept an eye out the entire day and just never saw one we loved. There was a gorgeous one made with White Buffalo Turquoise, but was a whopping $2,500 buckaroos, but I’m sure worth every dime! Something else I’ve​ 

admired for years is a strand of beautiful “Navajo Beads” or some call them, “Navajo Pearls.”  We were meandering around one of the shops, admiring all the beautiful turquoise when I saw them, the most beautiful Navajo beads I’d ever seen up close. OneCuteCowboy asked one of the ladies to open the cabinet so we could try them on. Once I had them around my neck, I knew I never wanted to take them off! They were just what I’d wanted, what I had been admiring for years and years. 

Aren’t they beautiful? I just love them! To some, these just look like a strand of silver beads, but if one knew the craftsmanship it took to just make one single bead. In case you didn’t catch that, each bead is handmade. This necklace was made by the well-known Haley family. I was fortunate enough to get to visit with one of the Haley daughters and she said a necklace like this one probably took a total of 3 days to make. That just puts me in awe, that a factory could produce hundreds of these a day if they wanted to, and yet there are people who value this craft, this way of living, to spend 3 days making sure it is the best piece it can become. I just love that! I’m always impressed with people who can create art with their own two hands. Turquoise Skies wrote a great little article on how these are made and of the Haley family here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my stories from Santa Fe! 

P.S. If you’re a lover of the southwest and Native American art and culture, my friend, and kindred spirit, The Chanhandle also has a great love and appreciation for it. Go check her out! She goes on some fun adventures!