Winter break kicked off with a science conference (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting) in San Francisco. Despite the fact that there were very few opportunities to explore the city beyond the shopping district/convention center area, the conference was a success (mainly due to the awesome array of fellow OSU students who also attended) and it was good to be reminded how much I don't want to live in a big city again.
one afternoon i got away for ice cream at the ghirardelli chocolate factory!
view from the hotel
another view from our hotel
i probably walked this street every day on they way to the conference
alison postering about volcanoes
poster session on the last day
snowy view on the way from denver to steamboat
another awesome view out of the car window
snow covered foothills of the rockies
heading to the mountains...
...in a snow storm
finally a (somewhat) break in the clouds from mid mountain
riding up the gondola
me at the top!
emily, casey, and paul about to start the day off
our skis dangling on the lift...you can't tell here, but we're super high up!
casey and me
my favorite view!
me finally getting to casey at the bottom (courtesy of casey's smartypants phone)