We arrived after lunch, and drove to the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Badmomgoodmom suggested we visit, and we decided it was such a good idea that we visited even though she was out of the office for a conference (we did get to have dinner with her that night).
The building was designed by I.M. Pei, and is beautiful.
Mr. Snarky and I enjoyed seeing an old Cray supercomputer, and marveling about the fact that the phones in our pockets were more powerful than this machine, which was once the top of the line.
|Definitely would not fit in your pocket|
After spending an hour or so at NCAR, we drove back into downtown Boulder and checked into our hotel. We'd decided to end our vacation in luxury, and had booked into the Hotel Boulderado. We were disappointed to arrive and find it covered in scaffolding- so I don't have any pictures of the building. But we had a comfortable stay, and the kids enjoyed the opulence of the stained glass ceilings and the novelty of having an elevator operator (the elevator is so old that it requires an operator).
It rained a bit after we arrived, but cleared up in time to allow us to have a nice stroll along Pearl Street before dinner, and to allow the kids to play a bit in a park after dinner.
We had a leisurely stroll by the river and checked out the nice Boulder library the following morning, and then ended our Colorado vacation with brunch at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and some more play time on the playground on the Chautauqua grounds.
|Our brunch spot- we had a table on the porch|