Tucson Gem Show At Tucson Electric Park

-With the Superbowl drawing many to their TV’s, travelling around Tucson was a breeze, while most places were not too crowded, thanks to the decided lack of men able to be away from their media addiction.

This is the gem and mineral show group that once was in a large lot near downtown where “Rio Nuevo” was to appear imminently over a decade ago.  It was a fun location there, as if you were out in Africa or somewhere more exotic than Tucson.

The move to the “Electric Park” was a big downer; tents strewn around rocky gravel, sometimes with mud coming up.  It has improved none over those years, except that more vendors are crowded over the rocks.  Inside one large tent I had to walk across loose boards floating in water to exit.  Nice.

But still there are fantastic sights to see, even at Tucson Electric Park.  Good thing the electric did not apply to water all over the ground and carpets.

-and a road flows through it—

-Small tents too.  Many were closed up due to rain, but opened later.

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Its Fall In Arizona — Tucson Scenes

Its Fall In Arizona — Tucson Scenes

Santa Rita Mts. in distance  -yellow cottonwoods

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Downtown

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Tucson’s southside looking west below

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Going one way or another

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Then there is sunset

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A Late August Storm

-Had 1.24″  Beans on the ground at lower left are Mesquite beans.  They fall for summer rains.

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-White streaks may be hail; had pea-dime size

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More photo’s of this days weather here;

August Desert Rains; The Fleating Storm

Tucson International Airport; A Tourist Attraction?

Growing up around the Chicago area,  I was a little familiar with major airport scenes.  Midway and O’hare would see us dropping in on very rare occasion to watch the planes take off and land. It was our version of taking a vacation. We lived under a major Midway flight path, before Midway entered its more minor airport phase.

My father was in the Air Force in World War 2, so he was familiar with airplanes.  To us kids, airplanes were for warriors and the wealthy to travel in, not us.  We did not even have a car.  But it sure was cool to watch them planes come and go, imagining the world as your destination.

Well Tucson’s airport in nothing of the magnitude of major ones. It has undergone much improvement over the last several years, and is now quite nice and efficient.  When I drop in to pick folks up or send them away, I wander around the art and other exhibits scattered around.  There is quite a bit of cool stuff that seems to be on some sort of exhibition circuit.

Anyway.  Here are a few pics. from the baggage area of AA.  Last time I showed the airport, a copy of the Mars Lander was there.

Small section of U of A wood and wildfire exhibit showing a small part of the tree ring data.

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-When picking up luggage one can check out local places to visit.  I’ve been to both of these; very nice and informative spots.

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-Crowds?  Hardly ever.  Little rushes before and after flights, otherwise clear sailing around the airport terminal.

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The airport and vicinity has plenty of parking and shuttle service, not too easy to get lost there.