PLANET SCD 2014 – Fort Collins, Colorado

This past week the 38th annual Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days (SCD) event took place in Fort Collins, Colorado. It happened to coincide with final exam week here at Cal Poly SLO.  I am a coach for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team, so this quarter I’ve been arranging travel details and preparing for the event. Things went relatively smoothly.

On the flight to Colorado I really enjoyed the view of the Rocky Mountains.

The Rocky Mountains viewed from above.

The Rocky Mountains viewed from above.

We arrived in Denver and drove to Fort Collins. The weather was warm and sunny, but the air was brisk (which felt wonderful to me). During our preparation days things were sunny and clear. On Saturday, the day in which most of the competition took place, we awoke to falling snow. Some of the team had never seen snow fall before. It made for a memorable day. It felt fitting to me, since I think of light snow when I think of Colorado in March.

Irrigation assembly in the snow.

Irrigation assembly in the snow.

Landscape maintenance operations in the snow.

Landscape maintenance operations in the snow.

Arboriculture techniques above the snow.

Arboriculture techniques above the snow.

Compact track loader operation (don't spill the water!).

Compact track loader operation (don’t spill the water!).

A team photo in front of a Colorado blue spruce.

A team photo in front of a Colorado blue spruce.

We had a great time in Colorado. I was happy that we got there, competed, and returned safely. Another year of PLANET is in the books.

Link to a flickr set with more pictures from the event

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