A touch of evening and a great day
Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
100Trip End Jun 04, 2012
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Where I stayed
Gilbert Ray Campground
What I did
Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatory Tucson
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
This morning we drove the fifty miles to the Kitt Peak National Optical Observatory. It's at about 7000 feet in elevation. The drive up the mountain reminded me of many a drive in our native Montana. We saw no cars on the way up, so we could enjoy both the views and the road itself. On the way, one could see the droll, gray cloud over Tucson. I'll hold my breath the next time we go into town! We just caught the tour of the solar telescope. It's the largest in the world and was built in 1964. When you hear in the news about solar flares and sunspots, the news came from there. Our guide, Jerry, is a former engineer, but he has a great personality. Don't get on my case now... i do know ONE other engineer with some
We had the rare pleasure of meeting Dr. William "Bill" Livingston, a world renown authority on solar exploration, so to speak. He's a humble fellow, but very personable. I had the pleasure of shaking his hand and thanking him for his dedication.
After lunch, we toured the 84 inch (mirror size) stellar telescope. Of course, since it was daylight, it wasn't in use. It's an old scope, but due to upgrades, it's still very useful. This tour wasn't as dynamic and interesting to me, but was fine.
We left the mountain and met Pete, Don, to his fambly, at San Xavier Mission Church, near Tucson. It was originally build by Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary of some renown in the southwest. It was later modified in about 1780 by the Franciscans. It didn't appeal to me like the missions we saw last year, but was beautiful in it's unique way.
We got home at about five o'clock to a nice warm coach
A bit later, Lynn prepared one my favorites for dinner: popcorn! She uses olive oil on it to help me keep my sveltness, but to make up for that I always add a LOT of cayenne pepper to spice it up. Nothing lick burning lips to highlight the crunchiness of dinner. Lynn takes her's straight with more salt than I prefer, but as her mom, Viv, used to say, "To each his own." (Don't be bashful...) Fambly joke...
Tonight's sunset was phenomenal! I missed it at it's glory, but caught the end as I was going to dump the trash. You probably wouldn't have been as overwhelmed as I, but who's to say?
Thanks again for stopping by. Tomorrow it's Walmart and a bit of geocaching. Come along if you wish...
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