“Go” Orion launch

Great things do happen to those who are patient. This morning, day 2 of launching the Orion spacecraft aboard a Delta IV-Heavy Rocket, we headed back out to the gantry at 4am. It felt kind of like de ja vu. In a way, it was. The bus ride, finding a spot on the grass, waiting a couple of hours for the sun to rise, and for all teams to be ‘Go’ for launch.

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Day 18: Mesa Verde, Chimney Rock, Great Sand Dunes National Park

This morning I ended my visit of Mesa Verde at the Visitor Center. Inside the Visitor Center, exhibits talk about the Ancestral Pubeloans.

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Day 17: Mesa Verde National Park

This morning, I started with a tour of Long House. The road up to Long House didn’t open until 9am. A long line of cars backed up waiting for the Rangers to open the gate and lead us up the road.

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Day 16: Mesa Verde National Park

This morning I went on two tours of the cliff dwellings that Ancestral Puebloans lived in. Balcony House is best for the more active visitor. After climbing up a steep ladder…

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Day 15: Arches and Mesa Verde National Park

The road to the park entrance (and exit) this morning kept grabbing my eye. It is such an amazing National Park. No wonder there are so many visitors to this park each year.

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Day 14: Arches National Park

I didn’t have to go very far to see the sunrise this morning. Behind the campground are several rows of sandstone buttes.

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Day 13: Canyonlands and Arches National Park

What better way to start today than with a sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. It is apparently a popular photo spot.

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Day 12: Canyonlands National Park

There aren’t too many mornings when you wake up and look out…and see this. Wow! This was the view from Green River Overlook this morning.

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Day 11: Canyonlands National Park

I headed back to Utah on my way to Canyonlands National Park. See you later Colorado!

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Day 10: North Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Today was another morning of wildlife roaming through the campground on the South Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. However, I didn’t see baby deer this morning.

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