Amanda Blagg

Outside the Tines with Amanda: Visiting Boulder


Who’s ready for ASU football to head North to duel it out with the Buffaloes?

The ASU allotment of tickets for the game sold out and the rumors around Manny’s possible return are bringing excitement to Sun Devil Nation. If you’re fortunate enough to be making the trip to Boulder, as are a huge group of Sun Devils, fill your bags with all things ASU and don’t forget your hiking shoes.

As I start the packing process for my Jeep trip from Phoenix to Boulder, I check the weather, since everywhere is “cold” for Phoenicians, throw an ASU flannel and pullover into the suitcase and then research what besides Sun Devil events I might prioritize on my first trip to a place I’m told is picturesque at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Quickly, I learn hiking shoes are the single most important item to bring along to Boulder if you have any time to explore. In addition to all the details for the Sun Devil festivities this weekend, look no further for a few ideas to make the most of the weekend getaway with outdoor fun and some great spots for a beer and a meal.

Since the forecast looks to be warming up a bit just for the Arizona crowd heading to Boulder this weekend, it will be a great time to check out the Flatirons. These massive rock formations are among the base of Green Mountain and are the most noteworthy hiking spot in Boulder. Chautauqua Park is another place toted as nature’s beauty. Consider a picnic to enjoy the outdoors here. Natalie Maldonado, ASU 2007 Alumnus, recommends hiking Mount Sanitas during the Boulder trip. “There are a few ways to get to the trail and it gives a great view of the city,” she says. Less than 10 miles from Boulder, find El Dorado Canyon, a place to hike, rock climb, picnic and fish with stunning beauty.

Should you not have time to enjoy the outdoors, or want to stay closer to the heart of downtown Boulder, you will certainly spend some time at Pearl Street Mall. Filled with shops, entertainers and restaurants, this historic pedestrian mall is a must for all venturing to Boulder. Trendy, independent shops, galleries and street performers attract all visitors to Pearl Street. Bohemian Biergarten and The Lazy Dog are two spots ASU alumnus Doug Stinton, class of 1998, recommends checking out in the Pearl St. area. “Pearl Street is Boulder’s Mill Avenue,” Stinton says, “I’d definitely hang out there.”

Doug Kern, 2003 ASU alum recommends a couple places to grab drink while visiting Boulder. “My favorite place to grab a beer and bite to eat in Boulder is the Dark Horse. Best burger joint in Denver proper if you ask me,” Kern says. He recommends Mountain Sun Brewery for good food and beer but warns patrons to be prepared for cash only there. For a post game drink, Maldonado recommends the Sundown Saloon on Pearl Street.

After a day of hiking or strolling the shops of Pearl Street, be sure to join your fellow ASU fans and alumni at the Friday Night Inferno in Boulder put together by the Colorado Alumni Chapters.

Friday Night Inferno @ 6:30pm

Rueben’s Burger Bistro

1800 Broadway

Boudler, CO 80302

Game Day Details:

Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate @ 3:00-5:30pm

Millennium Harvest House; 1345 28th Street

Join your fellow Sun Devils for food, entertainment, giveaways and a visit from Sparky and the Spirit Squad. Tickets include meal, two drink tickets and an ASU rally item. Walk up entry for a higher priced based on availability.

Game Time set for 6:00pm

University of Colorado; Folsom Field; 914 Broadway St

Should you want to grab brunch on Sunday morning after a night of football, Maldonado urges you to arrive early and stay positive, “Brunch is very popular and most restaurants don’t take reservations…but, the food is always worth it,” she says. A few of her recommendations include Walnut Cafe, Foolish Craig’s and The Buff Restaurant which is a famous spot with great drink specials where even President Obama has enjoyed a meal.

The Boulder trip is sure to be a great one with the ASU festivities planned and the gorgeous natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Sun Devil fans never disappoint in painting away towns maroon and gold. Let’s show Boulder Sun Devil Nation in a big way! Maldonado says she expects ASU to beat the Buffaloes, “The Sun Devils will obviously win and by at least 17 points.” Let’s hope her prediction becomes reality. Here’s to a Sun Devil victory over Colorado to secure our Pac-12 South first place standing.

About Amanda Blagg

Amanda Blagg

Amanda is a 2002 Arizona State graduate. When she began at ASU in 1998, so began her love of Sun Devil football. She and her husband, also an ASU alum, have had football season tickets since then and travel to road games every season. They are currently raising two little Sun Devils. Her eight year old son was born a Devil; he began singing the fight song before bed when he was two. Some of her son's happiest moments have been on the field at the spring games; when Coach Graham tweeted a photo of him and when he got to meet Coach Graham at the Utah game in 2013. The Sun Devil Pride & Passion runs deeply in the Blagg family and Amanda strives to share her passion with you in Outside the Tines.

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