The Denver Botanic Gardens are beautiful. It’s one of the places I had in mind when I put the idea of becoming a local digital nomad out there.
Shortly after I had finished that post my wife was working from home with me. She was being distracted by some of the things that needed doing around the house. She’s also an incredible listener and knows that the Botanic Gardens was one of the places I was planning to work from in local digital nomad fashion. So when she suggested that we work from the Botanic Gardens after lunch, I was all in.
We’ve been to the Gardens before. It wasn’t really exploring a new location. Then again, we’ve never tried working from there. We decided to also try a new place for lunch on the way.
A short while later we were on our way.
We grabbed lunch at Biju’s Little Curry Shop, which has been on my list to check out for a couple of years. It was quick serve from the counter and quite tasty. It’s hard to go wrong with Indian flavors. The restaurant is an area of Denver which is under much development. Gentrification is likely a better term for it. After eating, we took a couple of blocks long stroll to take in some more of the awesome graffiti we had spotted earlier.
That’s when we stumbled into the Denver Central Market. That place offers a lot food and beverage choices and is now on the list for another excursion. We did decide to have some ice cream from High Point Creamery. It was incredible. Even their vegan ice cream was phenomenal and not just because most vegan ice cream is setting such a low bar.
After the lunch excursion we were off to the Botanic Garden. We knew that there was WiFi available, but hadn’t tested it during previous visits. Just beyond the entrance is a cafe where we would be able to work if needed. We decided to see if the connectivity near the cafe near the center of the garden would work as well. The signal was quite strong, but there were quite a few visitors at the cafe itself. That made it pretty noisy with lots of kids.
After a stroll around the building we found there was another table to the west of the cafe. The WiFi signal was weaker, but sufficient. It also was far more quiet. We both had fully charged laptops and so the lack of an outlet wasn’t an issue. We set up shop. The weather was perfect and an umbrella kept us from baking in the sun as well as keeping the laptop screens legible.
We worked there for the rest of the afternoon. We both took a couple of breaks and just strolled the grounds near us. We even took turns snoozing on a nearby bench and refreshed with a beverage from the cafe.
We wrapped out our little mini adventure by strolling through the garden.
All in all it was a delightful afternoon and we both wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. It sure seemed like a great bit of variety and exploration to our usual day.