It was -16* when The Husband dropped me off at the airport 530a Thursday morning. It was 82* when I landed in Tucson. Apparently it hit 85* degrees, a record high by 1*, breaking the previous record set in 1951. All flights were on time, in fact, flight into Tucson was 30 minutes early! Yay!
|Phoneline trail, Sabino Canyon|
|Phoneline Trail, nearing the top of the trail and, looking back at Tucson|
Saturday was the Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens and Bistro and the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun art museum. The Gardens and the Gallery are about 15 minutes apart on the north eastern side of Tucson. We started with a walk around the gardens, then lunch at the Bistro. This was my one repeat from last year because Tohono Chul Gardens and Bistro are totally worth it. Highly recommended. This is a take your time place, meant for a leisurely morning (recommended) or afternoon (bring an umbrella and slap on that sunscreen!)
The Ted DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun was new to us. He was a very influential and prominent artist in the Tucson area and I know I've seen his work without knowing exactly who he was. The grounds, buildings and artwork are worth a visit and complement the leisurely pace set at Tohono Chul Gardens.
|DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun entrance - National Historical Site now|
|Mural inside the Mission he built|
Sunday was Kitt Peak Observatory. I had no idea how influential and important this site was! First tour was of the 2.1m telescope. Then time for a picnic lunch (bring your own because the facilities don't offer more than chips and cookies), a quick spin around the gift shop, then second tour was of the 4.0m telescope, which included a 360* observation deck. Everything was very impressive - the number of scopes, how Kitt Peak Observatory came to be, the views, just...cool. I picked up a book on star gazing and a star map that I can use outside.
|2.1m scope in foreground, 4.0m scope in background|
Return trip was on Tuesday, thereby leaving the 80* and returning to something much much cooler than that. I continue to marvel at how much there is to do in the Tucson area. This was my second visit and again, didn't even come close to doing "everything" despite four very full days. I look forward to coming back.