I attended a GSA conference in Denver recently!
A few friends and I took the opportunity to drive out and have an adventure on the way. We drove about 8-9 hours on the first day and camped in the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah. Then drove about 10 hours the next day and made it to Denver.
On the way there, it was rainy. It was chilly. And suddenly the forecast for our campsite was thunder, lightening, and hail. We took our chances, and stopped as planned. Amazingly, it wasn’t raining and the ground wasn’t super wet. We hurried to get our tents up before the rain started again. Trevor and I got back in the car to find a nearby gas station and buy a lighter for our stove. As soon as we got about a mile from the campsite, we crossed back into the pouring rain. Thunder and lightening came soon after. And on our ride back to camp, we cranked the tunes high enough to cover the sound of thunder and drove into the night. The beating drums of our soundtrack went nicely with the lightening that illuminated the sky ahead. Closer to camp, hail pounded the ground as we passed a deer on the side of the road. Finally we parked the car in front of our tents, and found it had only just started to drizzle there. We were lucky that night, somehow the storm was diverted around our campsite. There was even a chance of snow in the morning, but we didn’t see any sign of it.
Denver was a great home for us that week. We found comfort in the many microbreweries nearby, the hiking spots less than 30 minutes from downtown, and I particularly enjoyed the street art. Trevor and Michael particularly enjoyed the coffee. Laura particularly enjoyed the views.
I also got to reconnect with a friend from my adventures on a ship in Australia.
And on our way home, we stayed in Great Basin National Park. The aspens were all feeling autumn and changing color. It was gorgeous, and we just happened to be there during their annual astronomy festival. The sky was so dark and the stars were the brightest I’ve ever seen. We even got to have a campfire!
The next day, we stopped at the visitors center and I found a white crab spider of some sort. I love bugs, so I was super excited to find this alien-looking spider.
Anyway, we’re home now! I immediately got a cold when I returned home, so I wasn’t able to post right away. Hope you all enjoy the surviving photos and videos.