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Donkey goes to the USA - part 2: Boulder

I got into Boulder really late, and had a bit of a surprise when I opened my bag:


Donkey had found a friend in San Francisco, a raccoon called Mischief, and had brought her along too.


Donkey also decided that the daisy I knitted on the flight was yummy.


Oh no! There's another stowaway!


The Dalek chased Mischief and Donkey around the hotel room.


They managed to hide for a few minutes


And eventually got the Dalek to surrender when they threatened it with a blast from the hair dryer.


After all that running around, Donkey was really hungry. Luckily, my pancakes with berries went down a treat!


It was a beautiful day at NCAR, bright and sunny.


With amazing views too!


There's a science centre in the main building with lots of cool stuff to look at, like this lightning tube...


...and this quartz crystal....


... and dinosaur footprints...


... and fossils.


They even have an old Cray supercomputer (Sorcha shown for scale).


It was a beautiful day, as you can see!


The next morning, the weather was a lot different! This was the view from my hotel room.


Facing that weather, the only sensible thing to do was to have a big breakfast!


I met up with some lovely friends of mine, who looked after me for the weekend, and we went to a supermarket to pick up a few things for a party that evening. It being a month away from Easter, there was a huge display of Easter toys and sweets.


Donkey really wanted to try out these carrot cupcakes.


But she wasn't sure what this decoration was supposed to be. (As for me, I was happy to see a Cake Wreck in the wild!)


And of course, a massive display of St Patrick's day stuff.


Just to show how cold it was - the fountain outside the hotel dining room had frozen.


Of course, we had to do some shopping (not pictured). Donkey was very pleased to see a copy of the Doctor Who roleplaying game on sale in Barnes and Noble. (I was pleased, because there's a family connection to the publishers, Cubicle Seven, and it's good to see them getting in big shops)



We rounded off our trip with lunch at the Dunshanbe Teahouse...


...where I tried some chrysanthemum tea. It arrived in a wine glass, looking like a little ball of grass.


But it soon bloomed into a flower, and it was very, very nice tea.

And that was it, all bar flying home again. I did have a panic in Chicago, when it looked like I wouldn't make my connection. Thankfully I made it, even if my suitcase didn't (it arrived home the next day).

It was definitely an eventful trip, and I was very glad to get home. But I do have to say a big thank you to all the wonderful people who looked after me and entertained me and rescued me from airports! You're brilliant! 

Comments

nicnac
Jun. 2nd, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear you and your suitcase managed to catch up eventually! I hope Mischief has enjoyed joining the menagerie.