Captain’s Log Stardate 47634.44
(see http://www.stoacademy.com/tools/stardate.php for translation)
Where no one has gone before must include a fully reusable horizontal launch space plane. In all of our blog posts past we had a vision without substance, but that is what hope is; the substance of things hoped for. This journey is shorter than previous ones but by reaching the Universities of Colorado and Wyoming we are reaching the young builders who may actually flesh out our VISION. A ten-year old trailer, a dog, and old man are the headquarters, plant security and one Wornout Von Braun for our venture.
LOADED FOR LAUNCH
Our first leg extended to Longmont Colorado where we have often camped to be near Boulder and the University of Colorado. This is a pretty easy drive at our usual 65 mph cruise speed on I-25 south. The Boulder county fairgrounds offer affordable sites and a large park for walking the dog. This year we also had a horse show at the fairgrounds, and camping was really full. With a mobile hot spot we got to work on the internet and email communications too.
LOADED FOR LUNCH
REST STOP ON THE PRAIRIE
UNLOADING IN LONGMONT
FULLY EXPANDED, MADE IN THE SHADE
ENGINEERING BUILDING, CU
We were able to meet new interns and faculty members at CU in the first two days. And dopey David forgot to get photos of anyone because of over-excitement! I did have time to clean the dust out of the trailer after a previous trip on Nebraska dirt roads though. It was actually warm enough to run the air conditioning for a while. Watching weather over the mountains and hiking around the lakes made the stay enjoyable.
MOUNTAINS AND GEESE
HEY-I DID REMEMBER TO GET A PHOTO OF WILL PFOUTS!
When moving from Longmont to Laramie Wyoming we let Google maps take us on a shortcut. The directions were a bit spun about, but we found a westbound road and it delivered us over some partially paved adventure roads. Winding on mountain roads is always fun and dog always enjoys rest stops along the way. This route took us north of Fort Collins before leaving the freeway, but still delivered a diagonal route with some scenery. With a slow trailer the light traffic is a stress reliever too!
GOOGLE SHORT CUTS…OILED GRAVEL
HIGHWAY 287 NORTH…BETTER NOW!
Laramie is always a delight to me because it is not a huge city and I am getting familiar with the streets. But hauling a trailer faces the same narrow streets and construction that we saw in Colorado towns. I was glad to park it and do the unloading drill. With the sewer and barbecue boxes on the ground the trailer is cleared out for easy living. I roll out the runner rugs and it is pretty homey. Computer gear and office tools make it a functional office. Frozen meals from home were stockpiled for a great variety of home cooking. We do get some work done on these trips!
GOOD SCENERY ON THE WAY
BIG SKIES, BIG WEATHER
HIGH COUNTRY REST STOP
LANDED IN LARAMIE
BARBEQUE UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE BOSS…
AND THERE WAS A GAME DAY IN WYOMING
WHICH WAS SPOILT BY DEM DANGED DUCKS!
RETURNING TO WHEATLAND FROM LARAMIE
PUT US ON A PATH BACK TO THE SCENE…
OF THE GREAT 2016 FRIDAY THE 13TH MARS MISADVENTURE
IT LOOKS MUCH BETTER IN THE SUNSHINE!
BUT IT IS STILL VERY REMOTE…AND MARS-LIKE.
ANYONE UP FOR A SIMULATED MISSION?
AND WE ARE WATCHING SOME REAL ESTATE…KNOW WHAT IT IS?
BACK HOME IN WHEATLAND…END OF MISSION
AND BEGINNING OF ANOTHER ONE