By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/26/2020
Topics/Keywords: #Travel #Arizona #Tucson Page Views: 1095
Includes Mount Lemmon and Biosphere 2.

Tucson is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona; and home to the University of Arizona. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The Spanish name of the city, Tucsón, is derived from the O'odham Cuk Ṣon, meaning "(at the) base of the black [hill]", a reference to a basalt-covered hill now known as Sentinel Peak. Tucson is sometimes referred to as "The Old Pueblo".

Biosphere 2

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Travel #Arizona #Biosphere2 Page Views: 2336
All about a little model Earth on the real Earth.

For millennia, Arizona's Sonoran Desert has consisted of trackless miles of scrub, cactus, and bare patches of sand punctuated by the occasional upthrust of rocky crags like the Superstition Mountains and Mount Lemmon and, more recently, little towns with names like Globe and Oracle. However, between 1987 and 1991, a structure arose in the Sonoran so unusual in both appearance and purpose that over 100,000 visitors have come to see it, not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of researchers and students who have flocked to it for more extended study. This structure is known as Biosphere 2.

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Gates Pass

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/26/2014
Posted: 10/14/2017
Topics: #Travel #Arizona #Tucson #GatesPass Page Views: 710
All the photos from my unplanned 5-mile hike.

When my friend, Barbara, asked me to drive her (in her car) to a conference in Tucson, I was happy to oblige. When she suggested I drive around and sight-see while she was there, I was happy to take her up on the offer by visiting Gates' Pass. When I then drove into the mountains and locked the key in the car, I was less than happy, especially since there was no cell phone signal there. But as I walked the 5 miles to the nearest phone, I was happy to take dozens of photos along the way. And I'm happy to share them with you here.

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Mount Lemmon

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Travel #Arizona #Tucson #MountLemmon Page Views: 1043
All the photos from Tucson's crown jewel.

Mount Lemmon (called by the indigenous O'odham people Babad Do'ag), with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and a local rancher, by horse and foot, in 1881. It is reported that Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, on the mountain's northeastern side, receives 200 inches of snow annually.

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By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 4/28/2019
Topics: #Trvel #Arizona #Tucson #Saddlebrooke Page Views: 359
Beautiful countryside just north of Tucson.

Saddlebrooke, Arizona, is a small community located just north of Tucson, home to internationally-renowned drug and alcohol rehabs and recovery centers. It is an exceptionally peaceful place with beautiful views, as one can see from the photos I took on a drive there.

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Saguaro National Park

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Travel #Arizona #Tucson #SaguaroNationalPark Page Views: 814
All about my visits to Tucson's very own national park.

Saguaro National Park consists of two disconnected sections in Pima County, staddling Tucson. The 92,000-acre park consists of the Tucson Mountain District (TMD) about 10 miles west of the city and the Rincon Mountain District (RMD) about 10 miles east. Here you'll find preserved Sonoran Desert landscapes, fauna, and flora, including so many of the giant saguaro cactus, Arizona's state tree, that it qualifies as a forest.

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The Thing (Roadside Attraction)

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/10/2019
Posted: 1/15/2020
Topics: #Travel #Arizona #TheThing #Thing Page Views: 142
An out-of-the-way place that's out of this world.

The Thing, as it was called, an apparent mummified mother and child, was displayed in its current location from 1965 on. Originally, it and other dusty curiosities were displayed in three corrugated iron shacks behind the building (which housed a gift shop). The exhibit used to cost one dollar for adults and seventy-five cents for children to enter.

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