A touch of evening and a great day

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Trip End Jun 04, 2012


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Gilbert Ray Campground
What I did

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Last night we had our first new sunset in a while and thoroughly enjoyed it.  So many of them that I get few comments on the experience. Pete and Duffy stopped by for a visit that led to leftovers.  Nice.

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.  I got several shots of the mirrors inside the scope, but I'm posting them just for those interested in astronomy.  Click on something that you enjoy, and do enjoy.  Or not.

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.  It was in the low eighties outside and a toasty ninety-two inside.  A few minutes with the A/C running and it got comfortable.  That's the good thing about being connect to electricity,..all the comforts of home.

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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jerry on

Thanks Ralph
All good stuff as usual

George on

So good that I started to pack my bags!

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photodon on

Once again, Ralphie, you capture the essence of the places you visit. Nice to see you guys at the Mission.

Rob Whorley on

I've been to Kitt Peak a couple times. I like to take the twisty road through Aravaca to get there from Sierra Vista.

Dennis on

Sunset 1was awesome and the tour of the observatory sounded very interesting. say hello to Pete for me and keep on enjoying the best of life.

ferd on

VERY NICE SUNSETS...also the observatory/solar scope etc.....hard to judge the scale on some interiors....fasinating....warm there...VERY windy in GF! Hugs...Lynner you look GREAT!

Joe Guay on

Very cool pics of the telescopes. I would love to go there at night and look at the starts, planets, etc. Good to see you two enjoying yourselves. Have fun!

Mary C. on

I would have loved to have had the tours of and explanations of the solar mirrors and obseratories....you are so lucky...well, you have made your own luck just by being there. What fun!!!

Mike Noble on

Nice sunset picture but really enjoyed the observatory ones....another one of your spots that I put on my travel list....though I might plan to go up there at night in hopes they would let us see through the scope. You sure manage to find a lot of good spots. Life goes on here...some more snow but a quick melt and back to the 50s. Your home looks lonely.

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