Our son Christopher came for a visit for a few days. Sadly, his wife Amanda, could not come because their spring breaks did not coincide – hopefully next year. We spent time going to some local events and had a great time. We spent one day at The Fourth Avenue Street Fair which is one of the premier street fairs in the nation, drawing crowds of 200,000 to 350,000 and ranking as one of the top visual arts fairs in the country.
We went to Rillito Downs where they have been racing quarter horses for more than 50 years. Christopher won his first bet and Leslie placed her first trifecta bet (which she almost won – got the first two right). We did not do so well in the next race, but blamed it on the fact that the horses had to wait 40 minutes past post time to run because of a tractor issue. This of course gave us time to study the next race and we had placed some strategic bets. Suspiciously, they had to cancel the rest of the races for the day because the starting gates were not working. We think it is because they knew we were going to win big.
We celebrated Christopher’s birthday at It’s Greek to Me, a local restaurant with great food. We were joined by his aunt and uncle, Craig and Laurie. We got a cheese appetizer that we cannot remember the name of, but we got to yell “OPA!” when they lit it on fire and it was delicious, so that is all that matters.
We had time for one more local attraction – Bioshpere 2. This facility was created as a laboratory for large scale research and is an attempt to replicate Bioshpere 1 — the planet Earth. Two missions, between 1991 and 1994, sealed Biospherians inside the glass enclosure to measure survivability. Behind this highly public exercise was useful research that helped further ecological understanding. Today it is owned by the University of Arizona and they are continuing the ecological research mission.