Apparently too many students were getting stressed out and committing suicide a few years back, so the powers that be invented "Fall Break" in order to relieve stress and reduce the suicide rate. As sad as this may be, I did my best to take advantage of not having classes on Thursday and Friday last week.
As ususal, I had big plans that had to be altered into a much less impressive feat. The plan was to backpack a loop in the Indian Peaks Wilderness which involved two crossings of the continental divide. After about 3 miles of postholing through 1-3 feet of snow between bobcat, cougar, and elk tracks, I set up camp near a lake. The scenery was beautiful and the snow was much missed since last winter. The next day I made a second attempt at finding the trail to continue my loop, but that sneaky basterd eluded me again!
On Saturday I attended the Colorado School of Mines homecoming football game. Apparently the engineering program there is the only impressive aspect of the school. The stadium was smaller than the one at Oregon City High School and less spectators were in attendance. The scoreboard didn't work, and neither did the sound system. Worst of all, they didn't even have a Jumbotron!
Enough fun for a while, and back to the thesis project. Progress had been slow up until about two weeks ago. Now I'm in the thick of the testing process, soon to be heavily involved with the analysis of the test results. One of the students I TA'd last year generously offered to assist me with my project in any way I could think of. This should help things go faster so I can meet my target date for my thesis defense - January 10th.