December 20, 2007 - Great grandson Logan's birthday. Happy birthday, sweetie...
December 21, 2007 - Happy birthday, Jolene (our daughter-in-law)
After spending almost an hour trying to find a route to the Biosphere 2 without going through Tucson, and ending up in a rancher's driveway, we finally cried Uncle and headed up Interstate 10 through Tucson (which has quite a few exits closed due to construction). Biosphere 2 was constructed in 1986 to understand how natural environments create habitable conditions for human sustainability, in anticipation of one day being able to live on another planet. It recreates 5 of Earth's biomes (desert, rain forest, ocean, etc.) and had 2 human missions lasting 1-2 years where 8 men/women were totally sealed inside the dome. It covers 3.14 acres and the biosphere has 6500 windows and 7.2 million cubic feet of sealed glass, and sealed from the earth below by a 500-ton welded stainless steel liner. It's totally sealed from the outside, so we had to go through airlock doors - when we went down into the engine rooms, it was like going into a submarine. Very interesting place to see. We'll be going to Tombstone next.
Friday - A day of leisure
Although sunny a lot of the day, it was chilly and very windy. We went into town (to get eggs and post on the blog). We did get the eggs (along with gobs of other groceries we probably didn't need!), but by the time the library finally opened our computer had run out of battery.... We found a neat discount store similar to Big Lots and again Bob found lots of tool toys he couldn't live without. They had a lot of stuff there that you don't see much, and the prices were great. He got a couple short-sleeved shirts (because he's into shorts and teeshirts), and I got another long-sleeved sweatshirt (because I haven't warmed up yet and I didn't bring near enough winter clothes for the warm weather we planned to be in...).
The park manager helped us set up our Dish satellite, so we were able to watch the Dog Whisperer last night, and ended up watching movies off and on all night long.
We've just heard of the loss of Bob's son Tom/Annette's unborn child, and also of a well-loved distant relative Marv. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families.