We didn’t bring our winter coats. It was Tucson, Ariz., after all, and the weather forecasts we checked before the trip suggested highs in the 60s to low 80s while the lows would be mostly in the 40s. A light jacket and a sweater would do just fine. Then again, we hadn’t decided until we were settled into our rooms that a visit to Kitt Peak Observatory was an adventure we wanted to experience.
I called for tickets. The voice told me it was cold up on the mountain, and we would be spending much of the three-hour tour outside. If we had hats and gloves, she said, we should consider bringing them. Winter coats would be a good idea, as well.
As anyone who travels knows, occasionally one must improvise. “We can dress in layers” we said, so Becky and I pulled on what garments we had, threw our rather thin fleece jackets in the back of the rental car and headed to the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation and Kitt Peak.