Snows of KitT peak to Brown mountain trail

Anyone who came to visit us was taken to Kitt Peak, once the largest, most advanced astronomical observatory in the world. It is still wondrous, though larger, more modern telescopes have since been placed further from lights and cities.

I’ve never driven there, and it bears so little resemblance to childhood memories. In snow and wind it was quite honestly terrifying.

But the skies, oh the skies were wondrous.

Once arrived, we found they had cancelled the next tour because of high winds. The highest winds I have ever experienced I think. We wandered about a little, the solar telescope is the one I remember best so we went there. Doors all closed, therefore locked. I crept towards the edge to see the incredible view but didn’t even get close.

I’ve never driven there, and it bears so little resemblance to childhood memories. In snow and wind it was quite honestly terrifying. Once arrived, we found they had cancelled the next tour because of high winds. The highest winds I have ever experienced I think. We wandered about a little, the solar telescope is the one I remember best so we went there. Doors all closed, therefore locked. I crept towards the edge to see the incredible view but didn’t even get close.

We must go back and see it again properly.

We drove back down along Ajo, down the roller coaster of Kinny and along through the Tucson Mountains to hike Brown Mountain Trail. I ran up here once to sit on this hill and watch a wall of rain across the valley. The trail is beuatiful, though perhaps a little too close to the road, which is far too busy for my liking. But we came up the hill and stared back across to Baboquivari and Kitt Peak, sun beams streaming down to light them up. Sacred mountains.


2 thoughts on “Snows of KitT peak to Brown mountain trail”

  1. a very nice post, lovely photos, so I feel like a horrible grumpy person for pointing out that it’s “Kitt Peak” with two ‘t’s. I think the solar telescope is closed at the moment, not just on the day you visited, and will be redeveloped as a public outreach centre: https://www.aura-astronomy.org/news/national-science-foundation-to-fund-new-windows-on-the-universe-center-for-astronomy-outreach-at-kitt-peak-national-observatory/ The major new facility for ground-based solar astronomy research will be the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii: https://dkist.nso.edu/

    1. Oh man! And thanks for that, I have now corrected my second most embarrassing spelling error! And luckily it wasn’t our only chance to see it…

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