In March, I moved to Golden (Colorado) after I finished my thesis at UCSB. I was certainly sad to leave Santa Barbara — my friends at school, the great running community, the all-the-time sunshine, the bike riding lifestyle, the beautiful oceans and mountains. I also found it difficult to leave my work in the lab — once I left, who would finish my (never-ending) projects?
However, I do have to say that the Rocky Mountains are not at all a bad place at all to live. I first visited them when I was in high school. My sister Amy was conducting research at Rocky Mountain Biological Station (near Crested Butte, Colorado), and my mom and I went out to visit. I fell in love with the region immediately. How could I not? Majestic snow-capped mountains, gigantic blue skies, purple columbine, meandering streams, beautiful blue-green colored glacial lakes, humming birds, marmots, the list goes on and on.
In college, I returned to Colorado for a National Science Foundation sponsored research program at CSU. What a great experience! Not only did the program provide me with the opportunity to do some cutting edge science, but it also enabled me to return to a place I felt drawn to. Not to mention, my two summers in Colorado would very positively and drastically change my life for good — it was in Fort Collins that I met Carl, who would later become my husband and all-time best friend.
So now I am back in Rockies, and I am definitely high again! Carl is currently working for the USGS in Golden, and in August will be starting his professorship at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. In June, I’ll be starting a post-doc up in Laramie, but for the time-being, I am enjoying the unemployed life, spending a lot of time doing things that I’ve wanted to do for years, like cooking, baking, birding, pleasure-reading, and, most importantly, recreating in the mountains with Carl.