Similar to a few other military museums - ie the USS Missouri battleship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - this museum uses the experiences of the area’s local military veterans to help bring the exhibits to life. Tucson has had and still maintains a very strong Air Force presence. Many military veterans have settled in the Tucson area and several can be found volunteering their time to better explain the planes on exhibit, relating them to their own experiences. One volunteer had served as a gunner on a naval version of a B24 bomber in the Pacific theater during WWII. His sorties and explanations were a great addition to the sparkling plane on exhibit.
Looking west from downtown Tucson, you'll see a big letter "A" in red-white-blue on the side of a peak. This is a popular local hangout and a lookout point called "A" mountain (or called Sentinel Peak). I went up "A" mountain in a thunderous afternoon. There's a parking lot near the peak where many young people came to "cruise" -- loud music and beer bottles everywhere. I looked to the west and tried to photograph the lightenings above Saguaro National Park. Didn't get it.
In many (but not all) American modern cities, including Tucson, streets are named by numbers: there is 1st, 2nd, 3rd STREET etc. etc. till sometimes 200th or more. I wonder in which American city is the largest number street hehe (1000th?).
FROM my friend Palo_Verde:
The street where I work is 20480th Street -:))
Usually streets are parallel to each other. Avenues are perpendicular to streets and named the same way: 1st, 2nd AVENUE etc.
Usually the main streets/avenues are those of lower numbers (often 1st street/avenue). In many cities (especially in smaller towns) they name the main street just Main Street.
In bigger cities including Tucson (800,000 citizens in the area) the streets/avenues sometimes are numbered seperately west/east or north/south of the one (main) street/avenue and distnguished by added "direction" letter: N/S or W/E (north/south or west/east). So you can find: 22nd W Street (22nd W St.) and 22nd E Street - be careful (= read the address correctly) they are surely not close one to each other.
In TUCSON there is some chaos with numbering streets. There are streets and avenues with "normal names" among streets numbered as described above. Hmm... a little chaotic and funny. Am I wrong?
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.
Like in many (I think) European countries they have special parking places for disabled persons in public parking lots in Tucson. They are always marked by well known sign: blue square with white wheel-chair. As you can see on my picture (enlarge) the signs are painted on a parking surface.
Is there any law obligation about it? I mean about such places in usual public parking lots?
It seems that they like to grow thujas (thuyas) in Tucson and southern Arizona at all - just outside their houses.
Look at my picture please - isn't it thuja tree there?
Hehe, it remains me Greece and southern Italy especially :-).
I noticed this flag as on my picture in front of Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM). As I know, it's a national flag of Mexico.
Why did they put it there? Maybe because of the fact that the Sonoran Desert covers northwest part of Mexico as well.
There are American National Flags on flag-poles in front of public and many private institutions in southern Arizona. This one on my picture was located just in front of Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - private, non-profit institution.
I noticed that in contrast to other parts of the USA quite few people show US flag in their cars in southern Arizona. Am I wrong? Why does it go that way?
Each US state has its own flag. I could see flag of Arizona at an entrance to Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
Wear good glasses and enlarge my picture to see the flag or... click here.
I was too late at Arisona Sonora Desert Museum (about 4:30 pm). Although the museum closed at 5 pm, they stopped to sell tickets at 4:00 pm. I started to talk with this park ranger on my picture and asked her to let us enter the museum - just for quick look around. She asked us where we were from. When I replied that from Poland... she let us enter the museum (for free :-). Thank you very, very much :-))))
Strange! A few minutes later I could see other visitors but they were not allowed to follow us.
It seems that they take care of disabled visitors. At least in Arizona Sonora Desert Museum as you can see on my picture. The walkways are accessible for wheel-chairs there!
Do not wear Arizona State University clothing. Tucson is home to the U of A Wildcats. Great Division I school in NCAA sports.
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