We headed off on our own and working our way north by way of Phantom Canyon Road on another section of the Gold Belt Scenic Highway and into Cripple Creek and Victor. We had to route south onto passable roads and then back north to pick up June at the Denver International Airport for the rest of our 3 week trip. By afternoon the 3 of us were exploring downtown Denver. We climbed the mile high steps of the capitol, sought out the wonderful sculptures, admired the amazing buildings and found yet another craft beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. We finished off exploring Union Station, the Millennium bridge and overnight in Golden CO.