Arizona Visitors

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The fun thing about having visitors is not only the great company but exploring places we haven’t seen. My cousin Pam and her husband Ron were out for a week. We kept them busy going to Mesa and Tucson and even got in a little pickleball with them.


We went to Nancy (sister) and Ed’s house and the guys got a chance to try out the putting green.

Andrew at the putting green.


John showing off his golf techniques. Notice the beautiful view of Mesa in the background.


Ron and John assessing the putting green.


One trip was to the Biosphere 2.  This is an American Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. It is run by the University of Arizona. It was originally intended to house people inside to see if they can sustain living there. Biosphere 2 was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment: once from 1991 to 1993, and the second time from March to September 1994. Both attempts, though heavily publicized, ran into problems including low amounts of food and oxygen. We did get to see it in 1994 when there were people living inside. It has changed a lot since we were there and was quite fascinating to explore.

Biosphere buildings


Biosphere buildings


Rain forest at Biosphere.



We took a trip to the the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. It is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, and art gallery founded in 1952. It was a nice place to walk around and view many animals and gardens along almost 2 miles of paths and 21 acres.


John, Pam and Ron at Saquaro National Park.


Coyote lounging in the sun.


Javelina at Desert Museum. They are strange looking animals.


Pam showing how tall the cactus are.


Our next trip was to Old Tucson. Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park near Saguaro National Park. This wasn’t one of our favorite places but again it was a nice day to walk around. It was originally built in 1939 for the movie Arizona. Little House on the Prairie was also shot there along with many other movies.


Stagecoach at Old Tucson.


John and Ron boarding the train.


Humorous gravestones at Old Tucson.


Another Gravestone


Sunset on the way back from Mesa, shot from the car.



So it was just another busy week in Arizona. Enjoyed our company and got to explore all at the same time.  Stay tuned for our next blog, “How we survived Picacho Peak.”