Both the mountain and its observatory are actually in the Tohono O'odham nation, not Tucson, and there is a treaty in place that allows the scientific station to exist on the peak. Turn your cell phones off. Think of this mountain as an airplane where the flight attendants will take you down.
|More convenient when it's open.|
|I should have pulled over to get this shot.|
|You can call me Flower if you want to. |
Imma gonna have to because I don't know your name.
|This made me think of Istanbul. Then it made me think of Constantinople, then Byzantium. |
I've never been any of those places.
|L to R: Bach Telescope, 4-Meter Telescope. Each tower is about 180 feet high.|
|Looking down from the 4-Meter Telescope|
|McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope|
The giant donut stood in as a dummy for the actual lens. Scientists needed to be sure the weight and diameter of the lens could be safely supported before the real thing shipped in.
|Solar Telescope again.|
|A cool hallway|
Highway 386 takes you to the top, and provides many turnouts so you can stop and feel awe. Awe is also affordable, and I recommend it. Do you really have someplace better to be than awe?
While I was being awed at the edge of the mountain, a biker zipped down the 8% grade past me. We made eye contact and heard each other's thoughts: