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Wednesday November 28, 2012
Today the motorhome stayed put in Tucson at the Valley of the Sun RV Park while we drove the 45 miles out to Oracle, AZ and the Biosphere2 project. By now you know we don't exactly get an early start so we found ourselves doing household chores and finally getting underway at 10:30. While we are on the subject, I should give you a thumbnail sketch of what a typical day is like for an RV traveler. Our mornings are typically just like yours, we just get to do everything a little more leisurely. After showers and dressing we throw open the shades on all the windows to embrace the morning sun. Next the sun shows up all the dirt tracked in the day before (and all the popcorn that hit the floor) so sweeping is a daily regimine, followed by a wet Swiffer every other day. I should mention that this is our third "bus" (my nomenclature for the motorhome or MH) and all of them have had some variation of carpet and vinyl or carpet and hardwood in the front end and carpet in the bedroom. Well let me tell any of you that don't know- what is outside gets tracked inside, no matter how careful you are. Therefore we decided early on, to tear out the carpet and install vinyl flooring. Vinyl floors make the cleaning process much easier when you get back into the bus from a fuel stop and realize you have diesel or worse-yet grease on your shoes!
One part of this life that doesn't take long to get used to is that like you- we prepare and eat breakfast- the difference is- we get to actually finish our cup of coffee instead of throwing 1/3 of it down the sink and rushing off to work, or carrying it to the car and hoping not to spill it on the way to work! (Sorry but isn't it true?).
Having a home that bounces down the road, over speed bumps, and pot holes, means that things come loose, wear out, or fail completely. So some part of the day is set aside for replacing drawer glides, re-stringing blinds, washing, waxing the exterior, checking tire pressures, repairing faucets, checking fluid levels, adjusting exterior mirrors- well you get the idea. I'll expound on this more in the future- what you want to know is what Biosphere2 is like.
The Biosphere is called Biosphere2 because Earth is Biosphere1. To make this human experiment as accurate as possible the researchers had to first build an extremely tight envelope that would seal off BS2 from the Earth's environment. In fact this vessel is tighter even than the space shuttle. The BS2 has over 7 million cubic feet of space inside 6,500 sealed glass windows.
Tomorrow is a travel day. We will save a lot of Tucson's attractions for another time, as we expect we'll be through here often in our travels. We are debating whether to stop in Benson and drive the car down to Tombstone, or drive on further to Silver City. I may not know the answer until we roll out the driveway tomorrow!