I spent one of the hottest summers in Arkansas record, first in Calculus class, and then the last few weeks completeing my Field Geology training, mostly in the Needle Mts of Colorado, and a few days in New Mexico. I can't even begin to describe how amazing the experience was, so much so, that I only knit a few inches into a sock the full three weeks, and that was mostly during the car trips.
The class spent our only full day off in Durango, Colorado. Of course, the first thing I did was look for a yarn shop, and amazingly, I found the gorgeous Yarn Durango. As fate would have it, it was Knit Night on that same Monday! While the rest of the geologists were buying souveniers, eating burgers, and drinking beer, I found Classic Elite Firely (a soft linen blend) and happily cast on what I call the Colorado Woodland Shawl I'm hoping to finish by Christmas for my Mom. I had a fantastic time chatting with a nice group of about a dozen Durango locals, and made a few Ravelry friends, too!