Shannon and I left at 11 for the 12 hr drive to San Diego, where I am writing this. Much like Sydney to Melbourne but with more traffic. However the scenery in the first half was wonderful, parts were like the Snowy Mt high country or the central plateau of Tasmania, others like the Flinders Ranges, but all on a much grander vertical scale. All very beautiful with patchy snow. The last half was boring. Why are American country towns and cities so ugly?
It was a strange and pleasant experience to have a proper shower and use a flush toilet. Tomorrow I am off the Houston for the 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, where I am giving a paper on Mound springs (especially Dalhousie) as mars analogues with Carol Stoker. A result from research in the Jarntimara expedition in 2001. Then I am going to Ames to talk about Jarntimara and Mars Oz. Then HOME to the family. This time it is really good-bye (until next time!).
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