Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Biosphere

My sister and I got up early and grabbed two caches on the way to Oracle, Arizona this morning. We were on our way to see Biosphere 2. I'm glad she said yes to going - I've been trying to get there for a while now! Anyway - we found the caches with out incident, signed the logs and made our way to Biosphere 2.

Biosphere2

The price was a little steep, even after the military discount my sister got us. I'm glad I got to go - but it was one of those places you go to once and don't need to go back to. So I won't be visiting again - unless I have a friend in town dying to go! ...it was still interesting though, don't get me wrong.

For those of you not familiar with Biosphere 2, here is the 411.
Biosphere 2 is a man-made closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona built by Edward P. Bass, Space Biosphere Ventures and others. Constructed between 1987 and 1989, It was used to test if and how people could live and study in a closed biosphere, while carrying out scientific experiments. It explored the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonization, and also allowed the study and manipulation of a biosphere without harming Earth's. The name comes from the idea that it is modeled on "Biosphere 1" - Earth. (source)

And now for the pictures...

Biosphere 2

This is inside one of the "lungs." Basically the lung has a rubber thing inside (the black part) with a disc thing in the middle and it rises and lowers as the pressure in biosphere 2 changes.

The lung is encased in a large white dome - which you see below on the left.

Biosphere2 _ Biosphere2

The picture on the right is the outside of the Rainforest section. It was a jungle in there!

Biosphere2

There was even an ocean!

Biosphere2

More exterior shots...

Biosphere2 _ Biosphere2

...And I shall leave you with this...


Monday, June 28, 2010

Tubac, Arizona

My sister is in town, so on Saturday we traveled 60 miles south to Tubac, Arizona for a little shopping. Tubac is an artsy-fartsy crafty town with a lot of history (just don't ask me what any of it is).

We rolled into town around 9am... to find pretty much every store closed. There is a "season" for Tubac and apparently it ends it May.

The Artist's Daughter

We ended up walking around to the stores that were open and eventually made our way to the ones that opened at 10 and 11 (summer hours).

The stores were cute and had a lot of stuff. Some of it was unique, some was the same store to store, and most of it was overpriced... with a few deals here and there.

OpenpotteryTin PeopleColored Walls

Did I mention 60 miles south of Tucson is only 20 miles north of the American/Mexican Border?
Border check station ahead.
Check Station

Border

We were going to go after the one traditional cache in town, but decided against it - it was sooo hot!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Postcrossing Sunday - Norway

Distance: 8,217 km (5,106 miles)
Travel time: 6 days

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What is Postcrossing? Click here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Can Fail

When I went to Ohio in May, I brought home some canned Skyline Chili. When you miss your hometown foods, you'll do things you swore you'd never do.

Things like... eating meat out of a can.

Anyway. Shortly after getting back from my trip we had our Skyline.... and it was gooood.

...but the can was a major FAIL.

Skyline Time

DIY Cincinnati-style Chili Recipe ---> Here

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

FYI

Just wanted to let you all know the P.J. is having a contest on his blog!

What you can win...

Pathtags!

WEEEeeee.

Go enter.

Now.

Or...

....I'll break both your legs.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Postcrossing Sunday - United Kingdom

This postcard comes from Sarah, The blog author of Are You Flowin'. I love this card! Its very unique... but I must admit I wondered if I should have washed my hands after handling it ;-)

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Go check out Sarah's blog, she is a Postcrosser, Geocacher and a very crafty crafter!

It's not everyday you get shit in the mail!!! Hehehe I really like this card :-P

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Roasted, Toasted and Burnt to a Crisp

Touch Down Jesus, the enormous Jesus statue of Ohio's I-75 has been struck by lighting. A blazing inferno followed.

Thank God.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Postcrossing Sunday - Italy

peniscard copy
Click here for for original.... I guess I should also add, 18 and over only.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Shoot me in the Back

There's a Lady in Michigan that shot herself in the arm so her situation would be "life threatening" enough that she could get the medical attention she needed to see a Dr.

She was uninsured and couldn't get the help she needed for a shoulder problem - and that was her solution. Sounds crazy, and in the end didn't work for her - but I totally understand where she's coming from.

3 Days ago I woke up with some very immobilizing and debilitating lower back pain. I've had back pain since high school, and it's something I've learned to live with - but this is completely different. It hurts to stand, getting out of bed is an enormous task... if I want to go from my back to my side while in bed I have to use my arms and and the side of the bed to literally pull myself. It hurts to cough and it hurts to sneeze.... The pain came suddenly when I woke up one morning and nothing has helped it to relieve it. I know they say your not supposed to take leftover meds - but we all do. 800mg of Ibuprofen doesn't do a thing and hyrocodone just makes me tired.

I have never had such pain in my life. I've cried every day.

If the pain is not gone by Monday I'm, seriously thinking about writing physical therapy places around town to see if they want to exchange services. Lets pray they have kids - and need a babysitter.... cause that is all I have to offer. lol.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Flashback - Old School Loveland, Ohio

You name it, they had a parade for it.


Besides an update in city vehicles, and my age - the only thing that's changed is the direction of the parades.

Loveland is/was relatively small - you were bound to run into family or friends on the sidelines ... and probably spot a few in the parade too.

...And if I were there today, you bet I'd be standing there with my Kroger bag collecting candy!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Used Bookstore Finds

$5 - Gift Books Section

$4.50 - Humor Section
I already have this one... :-)

$3 - Humor Section

If you would like to swap for a few blank cards from any of these books, let me know in the comments. When can also swap written postcards too.

I really had to go digging for these at the bookstore today. I spend a good amount of time there. It was worth it!
:-)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Postcrossing Sunday - Germany


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Distance: 9,236 km (5,739 miles)
Travel time: 5 days

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Drought

I feel like there has been bit of a blogging drought here on the blog. Truth is, it's summer. Summer in AZ kinda puts a damper on the "lets go geocaching attitude" I normally have. So I haven't done much of anything lately.... except working out! Mostly indoors.

If your a runner, walker, cyclist or whatever come join in on the fun at dailymile.com



It's sort of Twitter for the workout world. You can even set it up so that what you log on there, goes to Facebook or Twitter ;-) I just like it because it's a good place to keep track!

Anyway, hoping to run across something exciting to blog about soon!