Road Trip

July 31st, 2013

Oh. Hello there.

Once again, apologies for the dearth of posting. I’d promise it’ll never happen again, but it’ll probably happen again…

Anyway, after a nine-day road trip through seven states in one car with a fiancée and a confused dog, I am happy to report:

1) I am still engaged
2) I’ve arrived in St. Louis


We took our move as an opportunity to explore some of the country’s national parks, and it was grand. It was also impossible to escape chemistry along our journey. One of the early exits on Interstate 70 in western Colorado was labeled simply “Sulphur”. Unfortunately, I was driving and could not snap a picture, but the sign looked almost exactly like this one in Oklahoma. The town made me think of Stuart Cantrill, the chief editor of Nature Chemistry, who penned a whole editorial about why the journal uses “sulfur” instead of (the typical British spelling of) “sulphur”. I guess the reach of IUPAC’s iron fist does not extend to the American West?

Despite dropping the ball on Sulphur, we did get a picture of the exit for Leadville and Copper Mountain:

Leadville and Copper Mountain Exit


Leadville is a mining town named after the lead-silver deposits that impeded extraction of gold in local mines. There was also an exit near the city for Silver Plume. The periodic table is quite popular in Colorado.

Finally, here are some non-chemical photos of our journey. I highly recommend visiting our national parks; they are amazing.

Joshua Tree National Park, California:

Joshua Tree National Park


Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona:

Grand Canyon National Park 1

Grand Canyon National Park 2

Canyonlands National Park, Utah:

Canyonlands National Park

Arches National Park, Utah:

Arches National Park 1

Colorado (Along Interstate 25):

Colorado Interstate 25

Dodge City, Kansas:

Boot Hill at Dodge City

7 Responses to “Road Trip”

  1. Shawn Says:

    Many of the same sites we visited on my trip west to east to start my career. A very memorable trip, as it will be for you.

  2. eugene Says:

    Hmmm… interesting. That reminds me, I need a vacation.

  3. Peck Says:

    “I highly recommend visiting our national parks; they are amazing”

    Seconded – as a Brit fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time travelling around your beautiful country, the parks make up many of my fondest memories.

    Over here Americans are often chuckled at for not being great overseas travellers. Whenever that conversation appears it always makes me smile – you don’t need to leave!

    My personal favourite is currently Teton. But that changes regularly!

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  5. luysii Says:

    Congrats on the fiancee and the job. All the best to you.


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