Where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet and mingle, you’ll find the unique and scenic Confluence Park. Watch innertubers brave the rapids on custom-designed chutes, sunbathe on the sandy banks and enjoy panoramic views of downtown Denver. In the summer, Confluence Park is home to a free concert series, held every Thursday evening around dusk. The park is close to the the Downtown Aquarium, the Denver Children’s Museum and Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. When we were in Denver last fall, we went to to Confluence Park so I could try some long exposure “soft water” shots.
As I said in the previous post, we went to Denver to visit my parents for the holidays. I grew up in Denver but it changed a lot since I left home. Denver has a lot of nicknames, Mile High City, Queen of the Prairies, Queen of the West, Gateway to the Rockies and of course Bronco-Ville. In the summer of 1858, a small group of prospectors from Georgia crossed the great plains of the Colorado Territory and made a region-changing discovery at the base of the Rocky Mountains…gold. And although not much of the precious metal was found, the mere whisper of the word was enough to start a veritable stampede into the region. After all, the California Gold Rush had occurred just nine years earlier.