Fifty miles southwest of Tucson is a famous national observatory called Kitt Peak. I've been wanting to ride there for awhile but other trips, and weather, kept me pushing it back all winter. In a long, round about way, an opportunity to ride it came this weekend. My wife and I were having dinner with her parents, on Friday night, when they announced they were taking my wife's nephew for a visit to Kitt's Peak the next day. Unfortunately my wife had an all day class Saturday and wouldn't be able to join them. Hmmm, sounds like the perfect opportunity to invite myself along and put some miles on the Bonnie. Plans were made and I suddenly had my Kitt Peak ride! Woo Hoo!
The next morning her parents called when they were leaving their house and I told them I'd meet them in the parking lot of the observatory. I was excited, as this would be my first ride where I gained significant elevation. The peak sits at 6,875 feet. Can you say curvy mountain roads..muhahahah. I rode through Gates Pass and headed southwest on Ajo Highway until I came to the Kitt Peak turn off.
You can see the 4 meter telescope right off the highway. One of many telescopes they have up there. I met up my wife's parents when I pulled off to snap a few pics. Talk about timing. I told them I'd meet them at the top and they waved and headed on.
I thought this small mountain range on the way in looked pretty cool. Had to pull over and snap a photo.
I took most of the following pictures as I was headed down the mountain. I wanted to enjoy myself on the ride up, plus people were waiting on me. Through the magic of blogging, I'm able to make it look like I'm snapping pics as I ride up.
Right away you can feel the education of the place. Quite a few Universities have a presence here. What's amazing is that they leave it so wide open for the general public to explore and discover. You don't feel locked down at all.