Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tucson area attractions

In addition to hiking, biking and pickleball, we've actually made it out to visit other sites in the area.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - We had such a fun day with Barb & Joe at this local attraction.  Such beautiful animals in a natural setting.
Just a simple shoe box kept this guy entertained

Biosphere 2 - The tour of this place, now owned by the University of Arizona, was quite interesting and hard to imagine how people actually lived here for a period of time.  Biosphere 2 was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment: once from 1991 to 1993, and the second time from March to September 1994. Both attempts, though heavily publicized, ran into problems including low amounts of food and oxygen, die-offs of many animal and plant species, squabbling among the resident scientists and management issues.

University of Arizona Sky Nights Program at the Sky Center on Mt. Lemmon - As many of you know, Tom has a passion for the night sky so we attended an awesome program on Mt. Lemmon.  We drove up to 9,157ft. (needless to say it was a bit chilly up there) to start off our late afternoon tour of the facilities, a view through the telescope of the sun (amazing to see the solar flares up close), a video program and dinner.  Then we had the treat of a gorgeous sunset and then several hours of viewing the night sky through 2 different telescopes.
one of these is remote controlled from South Korea
Travis - our awesome teacher for the evening

this picture is from our phone through the telescope!
 Boyce Thompson Arboretum - This attraction is actually closer to Phoenix but Sally, a good friend from PA, was vacationing in Scottsdale with her family for the week so we met here to enjoy a few hours together in the sun!  We have enjoyed several visits to this Arboretum with each time a little different scenery due to the changing weather.  It was so great to catch up with you, Sally!  See you back in PA in May.

Bisbee - a cool hippie, artsy town in Southern AZ.  We only spent a few hours here but it felt like "home" in many ways.  We're hoping to get back to spend more time to soak in the feel of this relaxing place.

  Til next time...Happy Trails!

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