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Feb 9, 2015 - Hiking the Catalina's

Hiking the Catalina’s Now, some may suggest that “hiking the Catalina’s” is the same as “hiking the Catalina range”, but from my perspective, they’re different in the context of this hikers pen. Romero Canyon and Pools This was an attempt at killing two birds – maybe three – with one stone. Seems Catalina State Park offers a First Saturday concert series, in which, as the name implies, musicians come in to the park on the first Saturday and perform – not just for those in the campground, but the general public is invited, so long as...

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Jan 17, 2015 - Marana, Oracle, KAN Ranch

We took a day trip out and about today. Traveled again through the Sonoran National Park both mid morning and at dusk. The setting sun on the huge number of Saguaro cacti and hills (mountains) in the background was enchanting. We are located on the southwest side of Tucson - a small mountain range actually separates our location from the city proper. We took a road, somewhat to our west, north to a town northwest of Tucson called Marana which spreads out for many miles on both sides of Hwy I-10. We had no particular course set for our...

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Rambling Rodericks

Mar 6, 2014 - Biosphere 2

We finally got to visit Biosphere 2, which caught the world's (and our) attention in the early 1990's, as scientists tried to find out whether a closed environment with all the necessary supplies could sustain human life. They wanted to research and develop self sustaining space colonization technology. Four men and four women enclosed themselves in a huge glass structure filled with a large variety of plants and some animals and tried to see if something like a colony on the moon would be at all viable. It was a sort of Noah's Ark in the...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Biosphere 2

I've been wanting to see the Biosphere 2 for many years now. But for whatever reason, it's never been a top of the list place. This weekend, we were looking for some place that wouldn't be boiling hot in July AND hit by thunderstorms throughout the day (ruling out trips up north). I had high hopes that most of the tour would not be outside since Tucson is not a cool place in July. The web site said that it was a guided tour inside but it also said to be prepared for any weather. After some discussion, we decided to give it a try despite the...

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Feb 26, 2012 - Enjoying the warmth

The last few days we have focused on just enjoying this great weather. Walks through the campgrounds, a hike in the foothills, farmers market, and really enjoying sitting under a mesquite tree soaking up some filtered sunshine. While doing this we have seen lots of birds but they all are so camera shy. Nancy spotted a pair of Roadrunner’s and it really made her day. We have also seen a Cardinal, Flicker, Flaming Red Tanager, Fly Catcher and more. We also watched a group of ground squirrels scamper beneath the mesquite bushes. And we...

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Chabago Adventures

Feb 25, 2012 - Biosphere2

2/24 Biosphere2 On Friday the 24th we drove about 50 miles north of Tucson to the Oro Valley area to see what Biosphere2 is all about. It is located on the western base of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Mountains. We remembered seeing this in the news many years ago. This facility (the original section) was built in the late 1980s at a cost of $150 million. In the early 90s a group of 8 people were sealed inside this artificial environment that mimic’s Biosphere 1 (the Earth) to see if life could be sustained and to measure various...

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Feb 22, 2012 - Tombstone

On Wednesday (2/23) we drove about 90 miles down to the legendary town of Tombstone. It’s just one of those places that we had to visit. They have kept the original layout of the town intact, rebuilt building previously damaged by fire, and restored some buildings that have stood since they were constructed in the 1880’s. We entered the Bird Cage Theater just to look around. It was originally a brothel, saloon and gambling establishment. The ladies charged between $0.25 and $1 and plied their trade in 8X10 rooms above the saloon....

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Feb 21, 2012 - Biosphere 2

We decided to go visit Biosphere 2 near Oracle. We had both heard and read a little about it but since we were only 20 miles away why not see it in person. As we approached we could catch a glimpse of the buildings and it really looked like something from a science fiction movie. After we arrived and stood in front of it we were both awestruck. We went on a tour that they said would include over 200 steps, and 5 different environments. I think their step count was a little low but we enjoyed the walk. We were only allowed to view each area...

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Mar 9, 2011 - Biosphere 2

All winter Jim , Diane and I have been saying that we wanted to visit the Biosphere 2 just an hour south of here. Today we made the drive and took the tour. Some background : From 9/26/91 through 9/26/93 , 8 crew (known as biospherians )lived in this enclosed controlled environment. There was difficulty in maintaining the proper oxygen level and 1200 calories a day was what they lived on. That's great for dieting but these people had to maintain the facility , grow food, gather information from the experiments, cook, and keep this enormous...

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