Sunday, May 20, 2012

5/17-5/18 2012 Hangin' in CO

Thursday and Friday were also "down" days for severe weather as a pesky low pressure system across the Gulf Coast created offshore flow.  So, we decided to head to the front range to enjoy the scenic view of the Rocky Mountains.  We ate great food and enjoyed some beverages after visiting the Garden of the Gods and catching a Colorado Rockies game on Thursday.  We had a great time in the center field bleachers! We stayed in Denver Thursday night and ventured to Bloomfield, CO on Friday morning to visit the Aviation Research Facility branch of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  This was cool as I have never visited before.  Mike Daniels was gracious enough to let us tour the facility and the aircraft hangar.  All students were able to climb up into the research C-130 cockpit and view all of the instrumentation.  Very cool! We overnighted in Hays, KS to position for expected severe storms on [Saturday] what appeared to be the best setup for severe weather of our ten day trip.

 Our "friend" at the Garden of the Gods
 Garden of the Gods
 Overlooking the GoG toward Pike's Peak
 Cool rock formations at the GoG

 C-130 Aircraft in the Research Aviation Facility Hangar
 Research C-130 Cockpit
 Group shot in front of NSF's Research C-130 Aircraft

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