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Yesterday was a fairly mellow day. A little wiped after our visit to the Grand Canyon the day before, we opted to hang out at the cabin and watch DVDs and in general enjoy our surroundings. The highlights of the day were a visit from superplin and an evening in Flagstaff.

Plin's drive up to see us from Phx was unfortunately short because she got caught in a traffic snarl on the highway up--an accident they couldn't clear very fast on those hilly roads. But she finally arrived and graced us with her wittiness, and in return, we gave her pie.

There has been a fire in parts north of here, somewhere between Flag and the Grand Canyon, and yesterdays drama was a fire breaking out in Flagstaff itself. The news item said it was "downtown", but later on in the day, we wandered out of our seclusion to see the town, and the fire was south of the highway that itself runs south of downtown. So we wandered a bit around the blocks near the historic hotels of old Flagstaff, enjoyed some live music at the Flagstaff music festival, then grabbed some dinner at a sports bar whose walls were lined with large screen TVs, photos of Hollywood actors, and books from floor to ceiling (safe-keeping for Bookman's bookstore, it turns out, which suffered a roof cave-in last winter).

The plannish plan was then to head over to Lowell Observatory, which is a research observatory perched on one of the hills surrounding Flagstaff. Our cabin is north of town and is in a pitchy-dark neighborhood of sprawling ranch-sized plots, so we have been enjoying a lot of naked-eye views of a stunning starscape above us. But last night, we had a little mechanical assistance. The featured views were Saturn through a relatively low-powered mobile telescope, and the M5 Globular Star Cluster through a 24-inch refractor telescope. Both were very cool. You see Saturn's rings and at least three of its moons, including Titan. The star glob is in my icon above.

I crashed when I got home from this, and with the help of a little Frense-Merlot, slept the best that I've slept since I got here (which is to say, didn't lie awake for hours first, still coming down from the activity of the day).

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marciaelena
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really lovely day. Especially the stargazing part. I'd love to be out somewhere where I could see the night sky in all its glory, and wow, actually going to an observatory? So cool.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's an actual functioning major research observatory. Apparently, Pluto was discovered there, among other things.
marciaelena
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
That makes it even cooler.
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