- pleasantly familiar: choice in grocery stores!
- unpleasantly familiar: terrible-looking asphalt roads.
- unpleasantly unexpected: lack of shade on the University of Utah's wide-open campus.
|Not pictured: the sun beating down relentlessly on every living thing.|
At a high elevation, there's not much atmosphere protecting you from the sun's rays, so it's easy to burn in the overhead sunlight. A thin atmosphere also means, however, that it gets quite cool in the morning and evening, so a lot of people at the conference took the opportunity to hike up into the mountains on whose foothills the university rests. Here's what we saw on one such trip:
|From up here you can make out the Great Salt Lake in the distance.|
|This is the view looking the other way along the mountain ridge.|
Some of the plants blew me away with their beauty, like these Blue Glow Globe Thistles: