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  1. #31
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    Default Biosphere 2: Under the Glass Tours

    Lifey,

    It so happens that some nephews and nieces were in town over the weekend and at their request we went to Biosphere 2 for the tour. So yes, tours are still being conducted, or they have been restarted, now that Biosphere 2 is operating under the aegis of the University of Arizona's College of Science. But the non-discounted tariff is rather steep, around $20, and it is a fairly long tour, on the order of a couple of hours if you do the self-guided bits after the docent-led portion.

    AZBuck

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    Default Re: Biosphere 2: Under the Glass Tours

    Thanks Buck. Good to know.

    Not too sure if it will fit into this year's trip. Just so many places to go, so many people to see, I will be running out of time. But AZ is on the schedule for the next trip... whenever that will be. LOL

    Lifey

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    Default One of the least-traveled roads in the American West!

    A Summer Delight along the Kern Plateau -- Southern-most Sierra Nevada crossing!
    (US-95 to CA-190 to US-395 to Nine Mile Canyon Road to Kennedy Meadows Road to Sherman Pass Road to Kern River Road)
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    Default Good eats near Las Vegas?

    The July edition of the Desert Companion Magazine is focused on good eats. Here are a few of the don't miss treats I've enjoyed over the years...

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    Default Museums, history and more to be found in Pasadena

    A road trip from Las Vegas to Pasadena is featured in the September issue of the Desert Companion Magazine.

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    Default Ghost Towns, Haunted Hotels and children of the corn


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    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    A Summer Delight along the Kern Plateau -- Southern-most Sierra Nevada crossing!
    (US-95 to CA-190 to US-395 to Nine Mile Canyon Road to Kennedy Meadows Road to Sherman Pass Road to Kern River Road)
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    Very nice! I think I'll take the family to Kennedy Meadows either this fall or next spring. Thanks for the article!

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    Default Open road?

    Just need to check out the road status... If we have a "normal" rain year, the road will still be mostly closed from snow until Memorial Day.... This is a "high" sierra area -- it doesn't really get warm until late June or early July.

    Mark

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    Default

    Mark, I took your one-tank trip up Nine Mile Canyon on Saturday (from Orange County instead of Las Vegas). We were listening to 88.1 FM (NPR's station in Las Vegas) on the way up and just got out of range when "Wait, Wait-- Don't tell Me" (my favorite program) came on.

    Kennedy Meadows campground was all but deserted (there were two sites taken when we got there, but both groups of campers left in the early afternoon [was it something we said?]). The 'skeeters only came out to dine on us for about an hour before sundown, and they weren't up by the time we left around 11:00 AM the next morning.

    Keep up the good work. Maybe your articles will inspire more weekend road trips for my family.

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    Default One of my favorite places!

    I love it up there.

    Thanks for the field report.

    Did you see any bears?

    I'm working on another article about Randsburg, the living ghost town near Death Valley. I think you'd get a kick of this place too.

    Mark

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