Miss Madelyn has been on exciting adventure to Colorado. So many sites! So many places! Where to begin! You can see a map of our adventures here.
First, Miss Madelyn had a long journey to Denver, Colorado, where she joined her friend Hailey. Their first stop was to visit the campus at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fort Collins is a sleepy town, built on the banks of the Cache La Poudre River just to the east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
|A visit to CSU|
|Helping Dr. Maria teach her class at CSU|
|Is it spring yet?|
|Colorado is where mountains and prairies meet|
After a very windy day on the mountain, Madelyn and Hailey were very tired.
|A big storm is coming!|
We decided it was time to enjoy some hot chocolate and watch a storm roll across the mountains. Even though it was springtime, snow was building up in the mountains. It will keep sonwing until it is almost summer time. Almost all of the water in the creeks of Colorado flow from snowmelt- and in the spring the big melt helps fish, like brown trout and cutthroat trout, spawn. Spawning is when the female trout produce eggs that will become fry, or baby trout. Later in the summer, when the water slows and the snow is gone from the hills, the trout will hide in deep, cold pools. Eventually, all the snow that falls here, and the water that runs in the creeks in Vail, Colorado will flow to the Pacific Ocean. Water that runs on the east side of the continental divide, towards Denver, will flow to the Atlantic Ocean.
Finally, it was time to head back East. We got in the car and drove through the night (in very bad weather) back to Fort Collins. The next day, Flat Madelyn met another scientists, Chantsa. Chantsa is from Mongolia (picture on right). She studies the ecology of Mongolia. She studies how plants, animals and people interact there. Mongolia is a very large country with very few people. This picture includes a book about Mongolia that researchers and herders wrote. Herders are nomadic people who tend livestock on the steppes (or plains) of Mongolia. Can you see the photo of the girl in the photo? She is a young girl who lives in Mongolia. Chantsa was not able to take Flat Madelyn to Mongolia, but maybe one day Madelyn can travel across the world and visit Chantsa's homeland.
Whew! That was a lot of traveling. We'll be signing off for now to get some rest!