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Day 8 Storm chasing: Dust devil

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.

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IUHRYTR 5/21/2012 7:36AM

    emoticon -- Lou

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FREDANN 5/20/2012 8:49PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/19/2012 6:56AM

    Strange, great shooting! Enjoy the weekend!

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Day 7 Storm chasing/sightseeing

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.

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THINGETTINOUT 5/18/2012 11:01AM

    Sounds like you are having a marvelous time. I envy you. Enjoy.

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FREDANN 5/18/2012 9:13AM

    I'm sure you're learning and enjoying your trip even if you don't see too many storms. Live the moment my friend, it's a great opportunity!

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JOYINKY 5/18/2012 8:38AM

    Why do I get the feeling that it's going to get really stormy once this wonderful trip is over?? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 6 Storm chasing/sightseeing

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!

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FREDANN 5/18/2012 8:27AM

    WOW!! You are really living the moment! Hiking down into a crater, that must have been really cool! Glad you're enjoying it!

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IUHRYTR 5/17/2012 11:56PM

    I am enjoying the pictures on FB. They make me miss the mountains and desert. It has been several decades since I've seen them. Stay safe. I hope you find a storm soon. -- Lou

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JOYINKY 5/17/2012 4:18PM

    Someone did an amazing job planning this excursion!!

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THINGETTINOUT 5/17/2012 11:35AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time my friend and hiking in the mountains is pretty good exercise.

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Day 5 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Severe sunshine!

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.

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FREDANN 5/16/2012 10:30PM

    Great job getting on the elliptical this morning!! I was wondering if you were going crazy sitting in a van! You are always so active!
I think I would get along with Professor Paul!! I basically live an alcohol-free life!! I cracked up when I read that you thought he was buying! Funny!
Enjoy tomorrow, I hope you find some good storms!!

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IUHRYTR 5/16/2012 10:22PM

    here's to his new "rule" emoticon. Continue being safe. Hope you find a storm worthy of your trip. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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NANHBH 5/16/2012 1:51PM

    Sightseeing is part of the adventure. Everything is a teaching moment. I'm not sorry that we get to sightsee. Gets us out of the vans!

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JOYINKY 5/16/2012 1:41PM

    Who knew finding storms would be so hard! Glad you're having a good time.

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THINGETTINOUT 5/16/2012 1:09PM

    Glad you are getting in some exercise. Sad you aren't finding that big storm.

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Day 4 Storm chasing/sightseeing

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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MSANITAL 5/16/2012 7:38AM

    way too cool Nancy sounds like your having a great time.. I going to check out the photos on facebook.. have a great time and be safe

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/16/2012 4:17AM

    The sight seeing sounds fun. I will check out your facebook page. Hope you wind some weather, but stay safe!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/15/2012 11:38PM

    hey, that is almost as good, if not better than your SparkCurfew! you might actually get MORE than 8 hours of sleep a night!
Glad you are having fun. Stay safe!

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FLBEACHBUM14 5/15/2012 11:09PM

    Thanks for your blogs, Nancy! Even though I do not have time to comment very often, I really enjoy reading your stormchasing blogs. It sounds like such a lot of fun and I enjoy reading about your travels!

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IUHRYTR 5/15/2012 9:40PM

    The museum and cactus garden sound like fun. Too bad you weren't in Central FL tonight. Volusia County, on the east coast across from Orlando had tornado warnings, thunderstorm, and hail. I'll have to check the newspaper's site ( if you're interested) to see if any tornadoes actually hit. Stay safe. -- Lou

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JOYINKY 5/15/2012 9:29PM

    What a great way to travel; storms or not! Sounds like you're having such a good time!

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THINGETTINOUT 5/15/2012 5:23PM

    I have been following you on FB. Looks like you are having a great time except for the no storm part.

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