The Santa Cruz boardwalk always feels so much like “summer” to me. It’s on a beach where people actually go in the water. It’s the kind of tourist attraction that you go to when you’re not from California and you want to see California. I don’t go often but when I go I like to play there.
My beaux recently went to the Boulder/ Denver, Colorado area to visit his family. While he was there, he took some lovely photos for me:
Carnival fun, community gardens, deer in the backyard, little free library … lovely life
It’s been quiet all week on the blog because my mom came to visit and I was too busy enjoying her company to get on the site. In addition to just spending time together and talking about tons of things, we packed in a lot of San Francisco fun.
We spent a lot of time with Lucy – walks, parks, playdates
Saw the swans at Palace of Fine Arts Visited the new-ish Disney Museum for the first timeCalifornia Academy of Sciences
Georgia O’Keefe exhibit at DeYoung Museum CityGuides SF Gold Rush History Walking Tour Smitted liquid nitrogen ice creamSharing that ice cream with Lucy
Watched the basketball game at Thai Stick Lovely dinner at a friend’s house Dinner Party at My House for St. Patrick’s DaySpending time with a friend’s baby
Boat tour under the Golden Gate Bridge Pier 39 Sea Lions Castello di Amorosa wine tasting and tour Sha Sha Higby Solo Dance Performance at Theatre of Yugen / NOHSpaceOcean Beach
This past Christmas I went to my Tucson hometown to see my little sister graduate from college and spend the holidays with my family. While I was there I went to some of my favorite old attractions (Winterhaven, Old Tucson) but I also visited a lot of places I never actually went to when I lived there (Biosphere 2, Kitt Peak, Pima Air and Space Museum). It was lovely to play tourist in my hometown for the week.
Pima Air and Space Museum
We randomly decided to go check out this airplane museum near the air force base, which I’d never thought about going to before. My mom had been there a long time ago but she said that it’s way bigger now. It was stunning how many aircrafts were on display here in a number of different hangers, as well as outside, plus there are exhibits about the space exploration stuff. Really actually quite impressive.
I knew the basics about Biosphere 2 because it was a big deal when it was a living project back when I was a kid. However, I’d never been there to visit. My brother, sister and Dad had been there once before but they said that at the time there wasn’t a lot to see. We went and checked it out and they have formal tours.
You learn a bit about the history of the place. Basically there were two different groups who lived here trying to be self-sustainable inside the mini-earth that it is. There were ups and downs, which are well documented in the writings from those people. Since then it’s become a place for various kinds of research, first under one university, then as a privately owned place and now under the University of Arizona.
It was amazing to see the different environments that are built here under one roof, from a rainforest to a desert climate. And it was cool to see the underground workings of the place. It was neat and worth a visit for sure. Plus it’s a nice long drive out there (north of Tucson) and I got to enjoy lovely desert views, spotted a roadrunner and generally just felt like I was really home again.