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The week in Denver progresses...

The weather is back to Wintry, after being sunny but cold yesterday and most of today. When we emerged from the building after work the snow was coming down at a good clip. No significant accumulation is predicted, though there may be showers all evening. We did get a very cool picture (just wish I'd had a camera, though it might just have been impossible to capture): we were headed towards the mountains, with snow coming down sideways so everything was soft gray. Put a few skeletal deciduous trees in the foreground. The sun was just setting below the first line of hills behind the trees, so that we saw a bright glow in the clouds, cut off along a sharp line underneath by the top of the flat hill, all of this well above the apparent "horizon". It was a study in grays, and beautiful.

Tonight we're having a group dinner for the class at Old Chicago, which has the great advantage of being a short walk from the hotel. Might be a little cold, but then all those who want to drink can do so without concerns about driving home.

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Time for the group dinner....must go see if the snow has stopped.

Arrived in Denver

It was a smooth trip to Denver, with most middle seats on my AirTran flight (including the one next to me) empty, no screaming babies, and good weather for flying. Good weather all 'round, in fact--it was warmer in Denver than in Atlanta, hitting the upper 50's. That won't last, however.

New/old hotel for this trip. Instead of the Residence Inn we've been using for several years (and which got busy enough to not offer the low group rate any more), we're at a Hampton Inn. Which used to be the quite upscale Compri when I first started traveling to Denver for work in the late 1980's, then became a Sheraton Four Points, and now to a Hampton. It still appears to be kept up pretty well...will judge the quality of the free breakfast tomorrow. Rooms have been retro-fitted with a mini fridge and mini microwave, which I much appreciate as a diet aid. I do somewhat regret the closet space sacrificed for this.

The Hampton is a lot closer to the Federal Center (across the street, actually, though it'd be quite a hike to the USGS Training Center building with laptops and other paraphernalia), and with a number of restaurants in easy walking distance. I do like the Residence Inn's full kitchen, but this may do just fine.


Nancy Barber

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