FINALLY! A DOCTORAL GRADUATION CEREMONY!
Tuesday, the 5th
|Sunrise leaving Baker City|
Wednesday, the 6th:
|Hole in the Wall south of Moab|
Dinner with Jed around 6:30 at Socorro Springs - Jed's treat. That was nice! Back to just talk a few things over for Thursday.
Thursday the 7th:
|Haircut from cousin Regan!|
Friday the 8th:
|We find Jed still using the|
towel Cherrie made him for
his high school graduation!
|Pictures of our early astronaut!|
|Cleaning up and decorating|
|Jed outside the MRO at 10,500'|
|Inside the Control Room|
|This is the little broom Jed used to sweep off the dome last February!|
|The mirror of the telescope|
|Backside of the scope had to be adapted from paper thin gravity free base to one that would work on earth.|
|Comfortable living quarters|
|Top of the mountain houses an interferonmeter, weather bunker, and other sciency stuff!|
As we drive down off the mountain, Luke napped, and then he drove
|Dinner at Twisted Chili|
Saturday, Graduation day!
|A glance at Rick|
as he walks in.
|Dressed and ready|
|Diploma in hand!|
|A picture with Advisor Eileen|
|Eileen hoods Jed....|
|Boys and Grandma R|
|Dr. J and his ice cream cake!|
|Prof Dave, Jed, and Eileen|
Sunday, the 10th:
We left Socorro at 6:45am headed for ABQ and a breakfast date with Mom R for Mother's Day. Hot air balloons were over the city, around 20 probably; they were coming down as we arrived. We ate at Village Inn, returned the chairs and pan from Scotcheroos, and left about 9:30am.
|Mountains west of Durango|
Rick drove to Bernalio, and I drove the 150 miles from there to Bloomfield. Traffic was not bad and I had forgotten how scenic this route is in places. It plateaus out in the NW corner of the state, but lots of pretty cliffs and draws earlier. Switched drivers in Bloomfield at a little gas station near Aztec junction that sells refills for 50 cents, any size! A bargain! And we had just stopped for potty!
|South of Moab|
|Southern Utah vistas|
Monday, the 11th:
We again grabbed breakfast as the owner was putting it all out, so on the road by 7:10 bound for Baker City. Rick drove up to Ogden, through our third new road of the return trip - from Provo over to Heber City. It turned out to be much freer of traffic in Provo than expected on a Monday morning at 8:30am! Views great of the Watsatch from the east side. We were in Ogden by 10:15
|Heading through Provo toward Wasatch Mts.|
|Going through Provo Canyon|
Luke came over at 9 after district tennis to teach me Craigslist. I wrote my instructions down so I could also give Mac a good set for after we leave (to delete postings especially after they sell!)
Final packing Tuesday am, and by 11am we are ready to roll again..... off to Alaska! (Next blog!)
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