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June 21, 2004

My visit to Boulder

The Understanding Internet Research Ethics Workshop was held June 17-19, 2004, at the beautiful Millennium Harvest House Boulder. The hotel is part of Millennium Hotels and I was impressed with the nicely appointed rooms and the incredibly courteous and helpful staff. I will now be looking to stay in Millennium Hotels as I travel.
During my stay the The Denver Post Ride the Rockies riders spent the night in the hotel. Boulder was their starting point for the ride, take a look at the map. Apparently the riders were "stalled in Estes Park on Monday [June 21, 2004] by 40 to 50 mph winds, hail, black ice and a couple of inches of snow on Trail Ridge Road."
I arrived in Boulder during record setting cold and rain. My hotel balcony which was purported to give views of the mountains but actually gave me great views of clouds...thick grey rainy clouds. It was very odd that I could feel the mountains out there though they were not visible for several days.
I got tired of hiding from the rain on the afternoon of June 17 so I grabbed my rain jacket and umbrella and took a short walk down the Boulder Creek Path as it runs behind the hotel. The path is wide nicely paved and very busy with mountain biker carrying heavy looking panniers. I assume this is because the path travels near the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. I snapped this picture from the middle of the path so I waited until no riders were in ear shot...other then taking my life into my hands with the speed demons tearing around.
The creek was full and swift due to all the rain. Though is was a lovely tree covered walk with the wonderful sound of running water enveloping me.
There are several planting areas along the walk, with what appear to be native plants. The small shots of color really liven up the walk.
Behind the hotel and next to one of the bridges on the Path is a understream viewing area. The boulder at right marks the entrance to the stairs down to the Stream Viewing Area. There is something amusing about a self titled "Boulder."
The seating area was very wet but since I had no intention of sitting it was not a significant problem. Four viewing ports, at various heights, are available so that all can view the life of the creek.
The fast moving water made for churning and murky viewing. This photo is taken of the third portal from the right as seen in the previous picture.
By standing on my toes and pressing my camera up to the space you see at the top of the viewing port in the previous picture, I was able to get an interesting picture of the creek as it rushed across rocks and washed against the glass of the portal.
Had I been able to actually find something alive on the other side of the portal a nicely colored cheat-sheet is available to help the viewer identify the creatures they see.
The workshop took most of my time later in the day on June 17 and all day on June 18, and 19 (the links are to the appropriate permalinked posts in this blog). During our afternoon break on June 19 I went back up to my room to make a couple of calls including one to arrange my shuttle trip from Boulder to Denver International Airprot on Boulder Express. I looked up in the middle of the call and had to say "wow," the sun had come out and burned off the haze and clouds. There were mountains visible from my room. I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple of shots to somewhat mirror the first outdoor shot presented above.

After I snapped these pictures I went back down to the meeting room. Bruce Henderson was about to reconvene the session when I told him I had an emergency announcement. I then walked over and throw open the double doors that lead to the patio behind the hotel. Almost in unison the participants signed "sun" and we all streamed out into the light. Annette Markham commented that we all looked like escapees from the Star Trek: Voyager episode where the inhabitants have been living inside the Ocampa planet for generations and are liberated, returning them to the surface to see the sun for the first time.

Posted by prolurkr at June 21, 2004 11:00 PM

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