Santa Cruz Silliness

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.

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Mom’s Wonderful Visit

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.

IMG 4166 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit We spent a lot of time with Lucy – walks, parks, playdates

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IMG 4406 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Watched the basketball game at Thai StickIMG 4422 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Lovely dinner at a friend’s houseIMG 4459 764x1024 Moms Wonderful Visit Dinner Party at My House for St. Patrick’s DayIMG 4515 764x1024 Moms Wonderful VisitSpending time with a friend’s baby
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Tucson Attractions, A Tourist in my Hometown

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.

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Biosphere 2

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.DSCN2069 1024x1024 Tucson Attractions, A Tourist in my Hometown

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Old Tucson

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