Since I was Tucson for a couple of weeks, I had some weekends to enjoy the local activities and see a bit of the city. Here's an adobe house, which is a typical architectural style there. Gizmo the chihuahua is well camouflaged with the house.
I visited a newly opened pinball parlor. All the proceeds go to a food bank. So I played some games for charity, of course! The magic one below was my favorite.
And volunteering at the parlor is Eric, whose day job is a plant genomicist. Here he is fixing the Ripley's Believe it or not game. Note the ACDC game next to it!
On a very hot Saturday night I went to watch the University of Arizona Wildcats football team play University of Texas San Antonio team. Below is the U of A marching band, and behind you can see the gigantic stand.
The sea of red in the background is made up of dedicated U of A students. I have a very basic understanding of the game, so I won't try to explain what's happening in this picture.
I also went for a stroll at the Arizona Inn. Teddy Roosevelt stayed here while traversing the country.
It is still in operation and takes guests who can stay in one of these casitas (little houses).
In 2012, I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship sponsored by the Australian Biological Resources Study.