Of course, between the full days of training, night classes, studying, and rotations in the ER, there isn't a whole lot of time left to explore. Luckily the area around the campus is pretty compact, so even in an hour for lunch it is possible to get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery.
There is also a resident mountain lion on the property. It lives across the river so you actually have to go looking for it, I suppose. I haven't done that yet, but I want to. They really come out at night, though, and I don't want to go looking for it at night! One of our instructors caught a photo of it with a motion-sensor camera, and has seen footprints. I want to take my GoPro camera out there and set it up for timed photos, but it's not very good in dim light. Perhaps I'm just making excuses for why I haven't tried it yet.
So there's lots of slickrock all around us. Great for playing in the rocks and photo opportunities. And there are wide open skies all around us, too. When thunderstorms come through, we can see them coming for miles and miles. The great sky-scapes have worked well with the time-lapse capabilities of my GoPro camera. I've been running out during class breaks to set it up when I see the clouds are looking interesting. Standby for a video of what I've taken during my month here!
|Ok, I just love standing on this rock!|