after we left mesa, we moved on down the road a bit to tucson, where we stayed in the driveway of a boondockers welcome member (in the middle of the desert) for a few days. there was so much to do in tucson, it was hard to narrow it down, but in the end, we decided on several museum type adventures.
the lidkids and i kicked things off with a visit to the children’s museum. i didn’t do enough research, though, and it wasn’t included in our acm membership so we had to pay full price. oh well. we figured that just meant that we would have to stay all day and get our money’s worth from the place.
we were super excited to find a train room, only to find a tiny bin of half broken track and a handful of generic train parts. hazel played for a minute, but the grocery room next door won out pretty quickly.
the next day, the kids and i went to saguaro national park in the morning (separate post), but when derek got off work, we cruised over to the “mini time machine museum of miniatures” which has a ginormous front door, so we could feel like miniatures.
the kids didn’t last long. i don’t blame them. it started to become a bit monotonous. and the displays were behind glass, so it was hard to get a good look in at some of the stuff. and they were up high, so hazel had to be lifted up constantly, so she just resorted to running rampant. so, overall, it was pretty cool, but maybe not for tiny kids.
from there, we stopped at a mall, to maybe spend an rei gift certificate and/or pick up a gift for ike’s birthday in a few days. somehow, we were suckered into letting anna get her hair curled at a mall kiosk (but i stood strong and didn’t purchase the curler/flat iron).
the next day, for our third and final tucson area museum, we went to biosphere 2. basically, in the 90s, it was an experiment to test the viability of an enclosed ecological system for maintaining human life in outer space. there was fighting amongst scientists and food shortages, so i guess since we aren’t living on the moon, there’s still some work to be done. the company that owned it dissolved and it is now owned by the university of arizona. where it’s been turned into a research facility and museum.
there are different biomes (ocean, savannah, rainforest, coastal desert, mangrove marsh) and researchers can control environmental conditions to study them. the human habitat from the 90s experiment has been turned into a bit of a museum. we took a little tour to learn about the history of the place, the infrastructure and the current research.
anyhow. it was pretty cool. different. an experience.
also, later we learned that all three of the museums we went to had coupons in the tucson coupon book that we didn’t purchase. so if you’re reading this, and thinking that you might be checking out more than one of the places, get your hands on that coupon book.
back at the camper. for dinner. hazel requested a peanut butter spoon. and when i wasn’t fast enough, she drew a picture of a peanut butter spoon to remind me. can you tell which is the real spoon and which is the artist’s rendering?