Sunday, October 05, 2014

Trip Story: Boulder

It's about time I finish up the posts about our summer vacation in Colorado. Our last stop was in Boulder. We only had one night there, so we certainly didn't see all that Boulder has to offer. But we did have fun!

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.

Nice building
Petunia and Pumpkin enjoyed the interactive exhibits about weather. Petunia was particularly impressed with the table that made a cloud- she has often told me she wished she could play in a cloud, and it was fun to see her do just that.

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
For that matter, the phones in our pockets are more powerful than the supercomputers we worked on in graduate school.

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
It was a great end to a great vacation.


  1. What a great trip! I'm looking forward to being able to do things like this with Baguette. We have yet to take her on a plane. Heck, we have yet to take her on a multi-day car trip. So far it's been one day there, stay, and one day back.

  2. It was great to see you again and meet your family.

    The sound of Colorado, in my mind's eye, is the roar of falling water. It's the waterfalls in the high country. It's the water chillers in the old Crays.

    Last week, I was working with the boss who is training me. I kept typing qsub (the old Cray command) instead of bsub (the new IBM/Linus command). Now he knows how old I am.

  3. Alexicographer11:30 AM

    Hi, Cloud -- apropos of nothing, but not sure if you are regularly reading AskMoxie these days, you might find the paper that she wrote, linked in her latest posting, of interest. I haven't read it, just the abstract, but that (at least) speaks to some points you made about your decision to leave your position -- .


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