Hot springs, haunted parks and other drops in the 2014 bucket list
When I'm traveling, adventure seems so much easier to fall into. I spent a good portion of 2013 on the road touring with my band, Lust-Cats of the Gutters, and without the pull of day jobs and responsibility, I'm much more likely to say, yes, let's jump that fence. But while wandering through New Orleans cemeteries and getting creeped out at the magical Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, I was left with a cheesy Dorothy Gale-style appreciation of home and the wonderful and weird opportunities I often overlook in Denver. In the new year, I want to recommit to the killer fun and adventures that Colorado has to offer.
1. Purify myself in the waters of the Eldorado Swimming Pool
Lake Minnetonka has nothing on the Eldorado Swimming Pool. The historic pool at the base of Eldorado Canyon State Park is filled with pure artesian spring water and surrounded by a gorgeous canyon. I'm going down the water slide and cannonballing into the chilly, crystal clear waters this summer.
2. Smear on eyeliner and dance till last call at goth night
Saturday nights at Milk Bar are the only place I truly feel at home dancing. There's no judgment among the lace collars and pancake makeup of whatever style body-flailing I want to commit to while listening to Joy Division and Cocteau Twins all night.
3. Make out with someone atop Lookout Mountain
I think the cool kids at my high school used to do this. Now, at age 24, I'm finally going to get the dreamy mountaintop makeout session owed to me by my teenage years. And maybe afterward, my date and I can crash the prom I missed.
4. Hold a seance in Cheesman Park
If there's anywhere in Denver to ghost-hunt, it's the old Mt. Prospect Cemetery, known today as Cheesman Park. Its history includes a very Poltergeist, they-left-the-bodies-but-moved-the-headstones tale: Undertaker E.P. McGovern was hired in 1893 to remove the corpses from the cemetery, but saved money by hacking up bodies, putting them in child-sized caskets and never finishing the job. Maybe 2014 is the year to commune with the disgruntled spirits. I'm lighting candles and breaking out the Ouija board.