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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in forever, it’s been quite a busy 3 weeks! I got to go home for a little while, got to show my girlfriend all around the ATX, and take an 18 hour car ride back to Boulder! And I haven’t even started my summer research project yet! 

To start off, I got back to Austin on May 9th and got to hang out with my high school friends for a little while, which was really nice, since I didn’t go home for spring break. Then my girlfriend came to visit for a week or so, and we did pretty much every thing there is to do in Austin. We went boating on Lake Travis, where I learned how to wakeboard (which is surprisingly similar to snowboarding). We also went to a comedy show in downtown Austin, where audience participation is part of the show. This time, I was lucky (unlucky?) enough to get selected for one of the skits, which was pretty funny from the stage (and I’m sure even funnier from the audience). 

After spending a week in Texas, we drove back to Boulder, which was a long, long drive. It’s strange because the longest part of the drive is the drive out of Texas. It took us 8 hours alone (it seems so much longer when you leave at 12:30 A.M.) to make it Amarillo, TX, which is in the panhandle. We stopped there to get breakfast at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, the home of the “free” 72 oz. steak. The catch with the 4.5 lb. steak is that you must eat the steak and the “fixins” (baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad, and dinner roll) in one hour. I didn’t try it that morning, but one day, I know I’ll go back and eat that free meal! 

The rest of the drive was a bit more scenic. For one, we weren’t driving at night, and two, there was much more to see (there’s not too much between Austin and Amarillo). We made a little detour to Oklahoma as well, just to say that we’d been there. Once we got to the Colorado border, the scenery immediately got better. We could see mountains and less desert. It was only 4 short hours from there to Boulder, where we slept like rocks. 

I start my research project on Tuesday, and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated!

Me at the Texas capitol building (which is actually taller than the U.S. capitol building).

Me posing with the food that comprises the 72 oz. steak challenge. 

Me hanging out at the Colorado border.

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas