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Aug 25, 2008

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Trail Skylounge


Some people.  Give them a mountainside vista of Boulder and all they want to do is watch TV.  Above, my pals Jy* and L hanging out on the National Center for Atmospheric Research skylounge.   Not its official name, but that's what I'm calling it.

The NCAR has several miles of trails in the Flatiron Mountains behind their Boulder CO offices.  On one overlook, clever folks have converted rocks into a bunch of lounge chairs, sofas, and loveseats:


Here's the view for when you're not looking at the tube: 


A person who knows these things tells me that the white line going into the horizon is the famed Baseline Road which follows the 40th parallel which, in turn, is the eventual border between Nebraska and Kansas.

To know about the NCAR trail:

1.  Most everyone you meet is very friendly.  Lots of "hi" and "hello" and occasional conversation.

2.  Dogs, on the other hand, just don't care.  They won't stop for petting.  Won't stop to say "hey". 

Signs say they're allowed off leash if they display a green tag that says they're under "voice and sight control".  We saw several of those running free.  We also saw another non-tagged dog that was running free, but with its leash dragging behind.  The owner was walking not far away, following the letter of the law if not the intent.  Lots of dogs in Boulder, though not all are as well trained as Southpark's Cartman after some KFC with Cesar Milan (click for the whole f***ing video at SouthparkStudios.com.  After you click on the link, look for the "Watch Full Episode" link, then click that, f***face.  And "I'm not being aggressive, I'm being dominant.").

3.  There's a big water tank on the NCAR trail, and if you throw rocks at it, they make a really cool "pwinng!" sound.  There's a whole pile of rocks on the trail side of the tank.  Gee, I wonder how they got there.  Interesting thing that Jy noticed: the tank, though metal, painted dark green and in full sun, feels cool to the touch.  Thermal sink, anyone?  Shoutout to Jy for the Southpark link, and to L for the hike.


*Jy is my Durham BFF who happens to be in Denver for the Democratic National Conference.  We had our own little NC-people caucus in the Barack-y mountains for the day.

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