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Boulder, Colorado

February 16th to March 3rd

Apologies for the delay in updating the blog. Long story short, we have had computer problems so organised for a technician in Boulder to fix and erase a virus, however we are now in New Orleans and the computer is worse with no access to Ronnie's email and no access to the Internet. So until we get things repaired, we are limited to the iPad, so here goes.

After a couple of overnight stops in Santa Fe (New Mexico) and then Colorado Springs ( where we encountered our first real snow fall) we drove through to Boulder to stay with our good friends Doug, Anne and their boys Owen (11) and Luke (8). The drive from Colorado Springs was a little concerning due to the amount of snow falling and already on the road, as well as Donny the dodge, who isn't a fan of slippery roads. So after a couple of hours of white knuckle driving, we arrived safely to this view from the front of their house:

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Boulder is a college town, home to the University of Colorado Buffaloes and a little over 100,000 people. It is supported by some big technology companies with IBM having a large base on the outskirts of town and Google recently announcing they will be building a community not far from downtown. Boulder is also known as the location where Mork from Ork landed (1970's TV show with a then unknown Robin Williams 'Na Nu Na Nu') and where the JonBenet Ramsey murder occurred in 1996. Being over 5,000 feet in elevation and having beautiful views and many open country yet undulating and mountainous roads, it is also a place where some of the world's best endurance athletes train to gain altitude training benefits, including Australia's 3 time Hawaii Ironman winner Craig Alexander.

This is my 5th visit to Boulder in the past 15 years so it must have some attraction (other than the free accommodation at Doug's house, thanks again buddy). The city of Boulder is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. West of the city are slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills, known as the Flatirons. The Flatirons are a widely recognized symbol of Boulder. It is also home to a number of very cool micro brew pubs, restaurants and cafes. We came across the Village Inn coffee shop one morning, purely by mistake, where we were treated by a Kiwi waitress and as it was our fist trip to the Village Inn, we were granted a Village Virgin chant from everyone in the quaint little diner.

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After a few days re-acquainting and catching up with other friends, we departed for the ski area of Winter Park where Doug and Anne have a cabin. Although we did not ski, we did enjoy a coupe of nice and snowy (albeit very cold) days. A snowstorm hit Boulder whilst we were at Winter Park and Donny the Dodge looked ilike this on our return:

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The next few days were particularly cold. One day we had to dig the snow away from Donny and it was -15C. That is darn cold. It turns out that for the first 2 weeks of February, very little snow had fallen, yet once we arrived, the weather turned and it was officially the snowiest February on record. Kind of reminds us of the last time we visited for Christmas 2009 where we somehow brought a cold snap that locals still talk about.

On one of our days off from school work we decided to drive to Denver (45 mins drive) and see the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Here we spent close to 5 hours viewing the exhibits, seeing a movie in the Planetarium titled 'We are all Aliens' and seeing an iMax 3D movie titled 'Walking with Dinosaurs'. It was a great day out.

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Also, I got a chance to see a College basketball game with the Colorado Buffaloes taking on the 7th ranked Arizona Wildcats. The game was pretty much over at half time (Arizona was cruising) but the atmosphere of 11,000 people, school marching band and continuous action during breaks in play was a great experience.

Until next time, cross your fingers for our computer and I hope to give an update soon on our time on the Mississippi River.

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Posted by V3USA 17:46

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If you can get you laptop connected to the internet then install my Remote Access Software I can take a look at what the issue is with your laptop all the way from good old Aus. I fix my son's laptop and he lives in La Place, just up the road from New Orleans, so the connection to the internet is the only issue. If need you need the Remote Software, send me an email and I'll email you the instruction on how to install it. Happy Daze. Peter.

by Peter

oh wow - real snow
oh wow - a real diner

by vyrene

Thanks Peter, will let you know how we go.

by V3USA

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