After an evening of relaxation and swimming at the Drury Inn, we visited the Lowell Observatory Tuesday morning. If you know me, you will understand that going there is a little like getting a piece of heaven in advance. We got a free tour through our KU Natural History Museum membership (reciprocity rocks!), and our tour guide was really pretty much my dream job.
She was funny, personable, a scientist who studies meteors, and she works at an observatory giving tours to people interested in science. Aggghhhhh. English major be damned, I was meant to be a science girl.
Anyhow, here's a bit of that.
|Checking out the grounds. Yeah, these people pretty much work (and some of them live) |
in a forest at the top of the hill in Flagstaff.
|Percival Lowell Mausoleum. In the shape of a telescopic dome. Mark it.|
|Max, listening to the presentation.|
|Family picture with the Clark Refractor. Cool.|
|Space glove. Cool.|
|Tire from a real space shuttle.|
|First Lt. Susan.|
Following our short sweet time at Lowell, we headed back down into the city to see the train depot. Yep, more trains. This depot is where the Southwest Chief, via Amtrak will deposit you if you choose the scenic route out west. It goes on to LA, but again, if I disappear, I may be on the Chief on my way to Flagstaff.
Finally, we began to head back to Phoenix. After getting in, we stopped at the Mesa Natural History Museum to check out the dinosaur exhibit. I'm sure it was cool. Max backed out after the exhibit started growling and snarling at him. If there is one thing this kiddo does not like, it is loud noise. So, we looked at everything else. Pretty nice museum, really.
|Panning for gold. Guess who liked that best?|
|Brushing off the brush to find fossils!|
|This is what Paul's dreams look like. ;-)|
|Sly dog. Good thing she's married already.|
|And oh yeah, there was Batman at the restaurant.|
|And Steven acting like a natural father. Max was peeking over the rail watching some roadwork.|
|Pretty sure we coulda just left him, and he'd have been fine!|
The next day was filled with car returns, flights, waiting, flights, and what not.