go to the San Javier mission....
go to the San Javier mission. Me and my friend went there one evening, and it was magical. There is nothing like the desert at night, especially in the middle of nowhere, with nothing around you but an old, beautiful building, and men making homemade mexican food to sell.
Official plant of Tucson?
Saguaro cactus is an official flower of Arizona.
It seems that each USA state has its own official flower, bird and... what else? Btw I love that idea - I just think which bird and flower could it be in Poland :-).
Shouldn't be these beautiful palms as you can see on my picture official plant of Tucson? Any other ideas?
From my friend Nat:(b1bob):
That depends on each state. Some just have a motto, flower, and bird. Others have the motto, flower and bird plus fish, insects, and even an official snack (Illinois: popcorn).
Thank you Nat.
Follow the docent
The best way to visit McMath-Pierce is to join the tours guided by docents (volunteers). These docents are mostly amatuer astronomers and are very knowledgable. The tours are free but a $2-dollar donation is welcome. The photo shows our docent giving us a quick talk before we entered McMath-Pierce.
Several key restrictions may alter your experience parking on campus:
- DO NOT PARK IN A DISABLED SPOT AT ANY TIME without a valid placard or license plate. The ticket from the City of Tucson and the university is $500. Not cheap! Be especially careful for the blue, disabled meters around campus.
- All parking meters (city and UA) are enforced 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. This means that you can park there free for as long as you'd like outside of those times.
- All surface parking lots are enforced 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, meaning that anyone can park there for free outside of those times. The exception is during major events (usually sporting).
- There are several streets near campus on the north side of Speedway that are reserved street parking for permits, Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm. Additionally, the streets on the other sides of campus require neighborhood parking permits between those hours.
- Signed, specialty parking spaces, such as Loading Zones, Reserved Spaces (in garages), Service Permits, etc. are enforced 24 hours, 7 days per week. This restriction is on the signs.
- Motorcycle parking is motorcycle parking 24/7. No exceptions.
- Parking garages operate Monday thru Friday only, starting at 7am. During the fall and spring semesters, they operate until midnight while, during the summer and break periods (winter break, "dead" day, spring break, etc.), they operate until 8pm. Outside of those times, the gates are open. One trick is that you can enter during the operating times but then leave outside of them and get free parking. HOWEVER, you cannot park in a garage without a displayed permit between 2am and 5am daily, regardless of the time of year. If you want the free parking during the semester, you have to be out before 2am.
- You are allowed one free pass on a citation per year, regardless of your status with the university. You just have to appeal it. The strong exception is parking in a disabled spot.
the burrito wars
If Tucson has nothing else, it has a heavy competition for cheap burrito fare. Big, heavily-filled burritos can be found all over town and run between $2-5. For many people, this can serve as a meal in itself. Most have drive-thrus open 24 hours, and are great for an after drinking stop or munchies run.
There are three main suppliers of these cheap tortilla creations in town:
Nico's: Nico's is generally the best fast food Mexican in town. The burritos are fresh, hot, and will leave you wanting more. I've always found their regular fare to be superior though. No central location and sometimes hard to reach. $3-5
Viva: My favorite, and home of the $2 breakfast burrito. Although they recently changed their red sauce (moving away from the spicier, thinner Sonoran-style salsa), this is still a great place to get a meal. Fewer locations than Los Beto's, but more than Nico's. $2-4
Los Beto's: Although there are more locations than both of the above, Los Beto's has never totally won me over. Strangely, the food quality seems to vary between locations (the one on Speedway near UA is awful while the Prince/Flowing Wells and Grant/Park are much better). The burritos themselves are about level with Viva in quality, but more expensive. $3-5 The Tejano (or "Texano") is one of the best: chicken, sour cream, potatoes, cilantro
The breakfast burrito options generally include chorizo (Sonoran-style sausage), bacon, steak or tomatoes, served with egg, cheese and potatoes.