the stretch

The 2013 Stretch Student Saga: A Change in Course

Joseph Blumberg

Professor Carl Renshaw and 11 students just completed an unanticipated venture into the flood-ravaged canyons of Boulder, Colo. This was a detour in their 10-week off-campus odyssey known as “the Stretch.” Their original destination—the national parks—had been rendered inaccessible by the Federal government shutdown.

In a period of eight days, from September 9 through 16, Boulder experienced more than 17 inches of rain, amounting to what the National Weather Service called a 1,000-year rain, causing a 100-year flood. Houses were toppled and cars were carried away by the raging torrents rushing through the Colorado canyons.