It seems fitting that our journey home from a trip full of adventures should be so full of adventure itself. From the sweat-inducing half-hour hike to the bus at eight in the morning in Hangzhou to the thunderstorm in Chicago that waylaid any hopes of immediate connecting flights to Montana, it’s like we reek of adventure. Or maybe that’s just the funk of the 30 + hours of travel that has set into our clothes. In any case, the prospect of waiting another 12 hours for the next available flight to Bozeman seemed less inviting than sleeping at the airport and hopefully grabbing a seat on the 8 a.m. flight. Three of us were lucky enough to be enjoying Montana air by mid-morning on Thursday. The rest of the crew played it cool, enjoyed some time at the Denver museum, and were home safe that evening.
Thanks to everyone who followed our exploits on this blog and for leaving us comments. Due to some of China’s internet restrictions we were unable to comment back (and for a time not even read our own blog), but it was great to hear feedback from all of you. I apologize as well for all of our escapades that did not get recorded on the blog. Sometimes we were doing so much there was no time to blog about it, and sometimes we needed to protect the good name of some of our compatriots. It’s been a pleasure recording our journey, but now I’m home, breathing in the fresh air after Montana June thunderstorm, and I have another half of the summer to plan out. If any of you would like a more interactive experience of our travels, please stop by the 1080 studio in the lobby of the EPS building on campus. — Nate