Wednesday we met John and Pam and Steve and MonaLiza at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder. The buildings were designed by I.M.Pei in 1960 and were inspired by the Anasazi cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde.
NCAR's Mesa Laboratory is located atop Table Mesa at the foot of the Flat Irons sandstone cliffs, approached via a long road gently winding through gradually ascending grassy meadows.
NCAR is a federally funded facility dedicated to understanding the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems. We took a one hour guided tour. We will probably go back again on our own and just wander through the exhibits. There were many interactive displays and we didn't really take enough time to read and understand them as we moved along on the tour.
|Dave and John play in a cloud|
|architect I.M.Pei and some of his inspirations|
|Steve explains what he did in his "other life"|
After the tour we all went into Boulder for lunch. The Bohemiam Biergarten wasn't quite open when we arrived so we walked around on the Pearl Street Mall, some of us window shopping, some of us buying....
As usual, the lunch was delicious, the beer good and cold and the conversation lively.
|John prepares to wolf down Bohemian Biergarten's|
version of Rochester's Garbage Plate!
|Another great time with good friends|
Life is Good