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RiNo - Denver




The Stay at Home has been lifted for COVID19, but you should not go out or travel more than 10 miles from your home.  Ok, we went a little bit more that 10 miles from the homestead today.  Last weekend to Pawnee Buttes doesn't count...we didn't know about the 10 mile thing until today.

Trying out a new lens (9-18 mm) for the Olympus...yes, I know.  It worked great in the alleys of the RiNo district in downtown Denver.  The 9 mm is awesome and the shots are pretty clear considering it is not pro glass. The lens is small and light.  The Olympus kit is now complete!

It was a really nice day, sunny and no storms in the forecast, which means bright skies.  Some of the eateries were open allowing you to order and take out.  We stopped a little place and got some lunch, I had a fantastic kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms and pumpkin seeds with curry dressing. Yummy! Erich had a pastrami sandwich on rye.  It was a fun day getting out of the house and exploring Denver.

There was a lot of new art and definitely had a COVID 19 theme.











Lunch Spot
This was the pre-stop in Stapleton before we went to RiNo - It is an ice cream shop.

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