Over view of the crew quarters.
Biosphere 2? Well, Biosphere 1 is earth in case you didn't know. Biosphere 2 was an experiment to see if humans could live in a sealed environment with no outside services. The crew had to learn to grow their own food, raise animals, slaughter them, and maintain the Biosphere mechanics. The crew members worked an average of 65 hours a week. Some say the experiment was a failure because of oxygen problems. It was later determined the concrete absorbed oxygen from the Biosphere, thus causing low levels of oxygen in the blood of the participants. In reality the experiment of the Biosphere 2 was successful because it lead to the birth of many more experiments and projects that are currently underway. Biosphere 2 was and is privately funded.
This structure houses the ocean, rain forest, and desert. It is a huge green house where numerous experiments are being performed.
Another day we took a short drive south of Tucson to Kitt Peak. I had been there two years ago on a very cold windy day. This time the day was clear and warm. We spent all day participating in three different tours to three different telescopes. It was a pretty packed day. The docents were all very informative, and really knew their stuff. Way to much information.
Fortunately, we took a picnic lunch, because there are no restaurants on the premises. We only had a short hour break for lunch between the different tours.
You can see Kitt Peak from Snyder Hill where we are staying. There is a tiny little white dome to the left of the highest peak in the picture.
While in downtown Tucson we took the walking tour. You can pick up a map at the visitor center and then follow the turquoise line to the different points of interest. Its about a 2 mile walk and a nice thing to do to acquaint you with the old part of town. This is the old courthouse. I really like the colors in the dome.
As I mentioned before we stayed at Snyder Hill, a little sliver of BLM land south of Tuscon. It is only a few miles from the VA hospital and close to a lot of other attractions. But, most of all it's peaceful and offers lots of open space on the desert. You can see the "big house" for the top of Snyder Hill.
The main purpose for staying in Tucson for two weeks was so Joel could catch up on his routine medical checkups at the VA. I'm happy to report everything is good, and he was sent on his way, but needs to return in October for a quick follow up. I must say, this VA hospital outshines most hospitals that I have been in. Everyone is so helpful, kind, polite, and most importantly Vet oriented. The campus is huge. One of the interesting things they have done (and I forgot to take a picture) is the installation of covered parking, not only to shade the cars, but to provide a base for installing solar panels. Eventually the hospital will run mostly on solar electricity...at least that is what I am thinking because it is the biggest solar farm I have ever seen.
It's been a very busy two weeks. We have a lot more coupons in the "book" would could have used, but not enough time. Now, we are on our way north, to Reno to pickup my RV and then on to Oregon, so be sure check back and see what we are up to.