This is the second post about Science Ranch 2014. You can look at the previous post for more.
What makes Science Ranch different from other vacation packages is the science. (Sorry, a little too literal there.) This year we had two excellent scientists with us.
The first is geologist Holly Brunkal. Holly is a a teacher at Western State Colorado University and has become a friend over the years. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she can speak to kid and adult alike.
John Sowell is a biologist from Western State as well. His knowledge of the Gunnison area flora and fauna is vast. He is a great fun to talk with and I hope to meet up with him again in the future.
Our science sessions came in the form of hikes. As we walked impromptu outdoor classrooms sprung up in the trees and rocks as we learned about unique aspects of the spot we were in.
Every clear night Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer) got out his telescope and a dozen or more adults and kids looked up at the sky while Phil talked about what we saw. At the end of the week he gave a talk (over desert) about the Curiosity Mars rover. If you ever have the chance to go to one of Phil's talks, please do. You will not be disappointed.
Since this post was about science, here is Thomas Dolby and Buzz Aldrin: