Tuesday, January 29, 2013
It was a special day. Ali had flown to Arizona so we could take a few days off together and enjoy our anniversary. Today was our anniversary. Ali really wanted to visit Kartchner Caverns. Although I am less of a cave and geology person than her, I have really enjoyed visiting caverns. Kartchner is a bit different since the state of Arizona has made huge efforts to protect the underground caves and seriously limits activities within them. In this case different was awesome. Their protections include no cameras in the caves, so there's no pictures from inside with the blog. This was another stop I would happily revisit on a return trip.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Ali was due in around noon so I had the morning free. I grabbed a shuttle ride to the airport with my luggage and rented a car. I had noticed an ad for the Pima Air Museum before I left Ohio and was determined to visit there this morning. The Museum has an SR71 Blackbird and a guppy on display. The sleek Blackbird was an amazing work of technology, and I was lucky to see it for a rare fly by in my youth. I was excited at a chance to see it up close. The guppy may just be the ugliest plane ever produced. I hadn't really looked to see what other planes were on display I just knew the museum was large and a lot of displays were outdoors in the desert. Once on the grounds I found a military version of the Constellation with the nose marking Columbine. This plane was the first of three Constellations to bear the name Columbine. They were named after the state flower of Colorado by President Eisenhower's wife. This Columbine I was the plane used by General Eisenhower between 1950 and 1952.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I had a couple of free hours and a chance to hike at Catalina State Park. It was wonderfully warm and the desert was awesome. There are a number of geocaches in the park so I spent my time on trails that would lead me to most of the caches. Cache hiders did not disappoint hiding caches in a variety of places so I got to touch the different areas of the park and see a variety of life in the desert. I needed another one to two hours to hunt the two caches at the edge of the park and passed on a small trail of micros. I also realized early on that my idea to have Ali bring hiking poles when she arrived later in the week was not the greatest ideas. I had to tread very carefully at the caches I found to make certain I wasn't disturbing any of the local snake population. The poles are usually a really good way to move the container in case there is a snake nearby. It was over too soon. I would certainly put this place on a return list if I am lucky enough to be able to return for a second visit.