By Kimberley on Mar 28, 2007
This week, I'm FINALLY on my first visit to Sun's Broomfield Colorado campus.   The last time I was in this general area, I was here servicing some UNIX systems at the Air Force Academy not too far south of here.   However, that was about 20 years ago.   I'm guessing things have changed a bit since then...
I left Logan Airport in Boston armed with knowing only 2 things about the location of the Broomfield campus.   1) It is about 20 miles from the Denver airport.   2) The office was within spitting distance of an airport.   I knew some of the pilots at Sun who worked at Broomfield enjoyed watching the aircraft in the patterns overhead.   Menlo Park California employees enjoy similar views thanks to Palo Alto airport.
Before landing at Denver, the passenger sitting next to me told me Broomfield was north or west of Denver....   It was on the way to Boulder.   Okay, that was good info.   A general direction at least...
Arriving at Denver, picking up my car, I got a map of the area.   It showed Boulder on it, but not Broomfield.   Okay, that was enough information.   Then I was offered a navigation system.   "No thank you", was my swift reply.   I was going to find Broomfield with a rather insufficient high level map and a vague direction in which to travel...
I had time to kill and was on an adventure.
Looking at my map, I found an east-west state highway that looked "interesting".   So, instead of travelling on major Interstates the whole way, I ended up travelling across the north end of "town", through countryside, past farms, past fishing lakes, and eventually into more urbanised areas.
When I went under the highway to Boulder, I started looking for signs of Broomfield.   I didn't see any.   And despite perfect flying weather, I didn't see any light aircraft in the area.   I needed to get to higher ground.
Soon, I was sitting on a good sized hill with impressive views.   A long snow covered mountain range running north-south just to the west, plains to the north, east, and south, and the skyline of Denver towards the south.   In the near distance, I saw some big office buildings that may have been Sun's and headed for them.   No such luck.   But from there, I spotted an air traffic pattern at work.   An aircraft was turning onto finals to land...
Somehow, in my mind's eye, I had the Sun campus sitting SOUTH of the airport.   Instead, after driving around, I spotted what just SIMPLY HAD to be Sun's Broomfield campus...   to the north.   It had the look and feel of a Sun campus,... whatever that is.
I drove around the impressively large campus and soon found the building that surely had to be home to the service folks.   It had the most cars in the carpark.   It was 5 pm Sunday.
Sure enough, when I entered the building, I was in a solution centre.   Cool!   Plug into a SunRay, read email, call home.   Then, off to find the hotel which I knew to be within walking distance.
So, 20 years later, I'm back in the Denver area.   And now, after walking from one end of the spacious 10 year old Sun Broomfield campus to another and back again, I remember how much I huffed and puffed for air when I trekked up to the Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy some 20 years ago.   Thank goodness the Sun office is only at 5400 feet and I don't smoke any more!