Tuesday with Tim

 

Tim Johnson, in front of the old Chillean nitrate sign in Santa Cruz de La Palma, wearing a T shirt with the same sign
Tim Johnson in Santa Cruz de La Palma
GTC at sunset, Roque de Los Muchachos observatory
GTC at sunset

Tuesday was great too. I took the journalist, Tim Johnson, into Santa Cruz, where he bought a T shirt. Then we went to Las Nieves and thence to San Andres (via the usual viewpoints) to stuff ourselves at Restaurante San Andres. I love their fishballs!

After that we did a short hike in Los Tilos, and went round the north along the Mimbres road to Hoya Grande, and up to the Roque. Now, I’d wanted to get Tim inside a telescope, but it’s hard after midday, because the astronomers are preparing for the night’s observing. This was 6 pm, so I thought it was impossible.

But I managed to get us into GTC anyway, because another small goup was visiting so we could tag on. Tim was suitably impressed by the huge telescope, but I think he enjoyed the sunset from the Roque even more.

And then, of course, I had to drive down 200-and-something hairpin bends in the dark, but it was worth it.

GTC at sunset, Roque de Los Muchachos observatory
GTC at sunset

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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