Friday, May 18, 2012
Friday was a positioning day. We started the day at NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. We got a tour of the facility & one of their research airplanes. Very cool.
After having lunch in Boulder, we drove to Hays, KS to be in position for predicted storms on Saturday. We spotted a couple of dust devils near Burlington, CO. Here is some video of one of the dust devils.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Day 7 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Another sunny day with no storms on the horizon. Thursday morning, we returned to Garden of the Gods to do some more hiking. Then we went to the Rockies & Diamondbacks baseball game at Coors Stadium. The Rockies didn't win, but it was a great afternoon in the sun with my classmates.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Day 6 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Yesterday, the weatherman said it was going to be a severe sunshine day! So off we went to sightsee again as we continued traveling north toward Colorado Springs.
The first stop was Capulin Volcano National Monument in NM, where we had a picnic lunch. We drove to the 7,877 foot elevation, then hiked the mile circumference of the volcano another 305 feet up, as well as hiked down into the crater. What an exhilarating experience! I posted lots of pictures on Facebook yesterday. We didn't realize it at the time, but we all got pretty sunburned.
Next stop was Garden of the Gods in Manitou Springs, CO. We arrived there late afternoon, so didn't have much time to explore, but I sure got a lot of gorgeous photos in a short time.
We ate dinner at the Stagecoach Inn, a quaint restaurant with a view of Pike's Peak. I could live here. This is such beautiful country!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Day 5 Storm chasing: Tuesday was another "getting in position" day. We had severe sunshine in the Del Rio, TX area, so we started driving north toward Amarillo, TX. We stopped late in the afternoon at Palo Duro Canyon to commune with nature for awhile. Palo Duro is called the " Grand Canyon" of TX. It was beautiful - especially as early evening shadows changed the colors of the rocks.
We had dinner at Abuelos restaurant in Amarillo, where they serve 18 oz. Margaritas. They say everything's bigger in TX!
I'm reading the book "Younger Next Year." Great book for baby boomers. The authors say that we need 6 days a week of exercise to keep our bodies from aging prematurely. Except for the 30 minute hike at Palo Duro Canyon, I've pretty much been sitting in a van since Friday - not typical for me. I had good intentions of swimming when I got to the hotel last night, but I was so full from dinner, I was afraid I'd sink.
I got up early this morning and got in 35 minutes on the elliptical. I feel so much better. I practiced on a high elevation to get ready for Colorado Springs today.
Photos are posted on Facebook at Nancy Leary Haines. I can't figure out how to post them here with this smarter-than-me phone.
PS - In the weather briefing this morning, Professor Paul, not to be confused with UK Paul who is also on this trip, declared this an "alcohol-free day." At first I thought that meant he was buying! But then he added, "It's not that you guys are overdoing it. It's just that every day doesn't need to include alcohol." I need to show him the book I'm reading - alcohol in moderation is ok.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Day 4 Storm chasing: Yesterday we tried to chase a weak storm, but it fizzled out before we got there. So we did some sightseeing instead.
We passed through Langtry, TX & stopped at the Judge Roy Bean museum and a cactus garden. Then we took some photos & walked along the Rio Grande at Eagles Nest point. Some beautiful country here.
We spent the night in Del Rio, TX. We had a weather briefing class at 10:30pm - that's how the professor enforces curfew. He's no fool. We sit in class long enough and we all want to go to sleep! Not much significant weather the next few days, so they will be sightseeing days. This is a good way to see America!
I still can't upload photos here. It's frustrating me. I'll share photos when I get home. I am able to post to Facebook. If you have a FB account, check them out at Nancy Leary Haines.
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