Kitt Peak National Observatory
Sunday, we met our good friends Rod and Amy from Go Pet Friendly. They have been staying in Tucson, so we wanted to meet somewhere in the middle for both of us. In looking at the map, the Kitt Peak national observatory was the perfect spot. Plus, Al and I had never been to an observatory before, so this was great.
This observatory is huge. They have so many different kinds of telescopes, it was truly remarkable. We climbed, in the truck, more than 4000 feet to the top of the mountain. It was an overcast day, but the views were still amazing.
There is a small visitors center that talks about the different telescopes and what they do. This one was so interesting to me. It is a solar telescope used for taking photos of, and watching the sun. It’s massive. Not only is it huge above ground, but it goes another 300 feet underground.
Really, all I wanted to do was wait until dark and beg to go into one of the observatories and watch the stars all night. Talk about heaven!
But obviously that was never going to happen, so I had to settle for wonderful views, with wonderful friends.
Rod and Amy, with Buster and Ty.
Roxy and Torrey went too.
Yes, it was chilly. We are all wimps when it comes to the cold. LOL
The drive back home proved to be awesome too. Remember in my post on Monday, when I mentioned that the organ pipe, and especially the saguaro very rarely get what is called a “crested’ top. Well, we spotted a saguaro on the way home that was crested. I was so excited. They are so incredibly rare, and this was a first for us.
Kudos to Al for being the spotter, while driving even.
Doesn’t it look like it has a face?
The rock stars of the desert cactus world.
And then there is this. My motto, my life.