Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mt. Lemmon

Yesterday was a wonderful day spent on Mt. Lemmon far away from politics, bad dentists and other cares of the world.

I don't have a clue as to the name of the wildflower, but thought it's cheery yellow color was worth a shot.

The top of the mountain has a village named Summerhaven. It is rebuilding after the terrible Aspen fire of 2003 that destroyed most of the structures. There is also a ski run on top and the areea is named Ski Valley.

From the desert floor you are only one hour away from the top where tall pines grow and temperatures drop
30 degrees. Needless to say, it is very popular with the

These photos were taken as we drove up the mountain. We drove from the desert with cacti, to weird rock formations ending in the tall pines. It is a wonderful drive and way to spend a day.

My friend and I took a picnic lunch and you can see where we enjoyed our repast on the bottom photo. A little bird shared our spot, hopping around looking for crumbs. There are bears on the mountain and I was grateful that our only visitor was our feathered friend.

We are in the middle of our Monsoon season and the humidity was 68%. Therefore, the view from the mountain was hazy. We were lucky and the rain held off until evening, long after we were home.

When the rain did come last night it was preceded by bolts of lightening and crashing thunder. I decided the Olympics would continue without me and I went to bed.

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Nancy said...

Beautiful pictures, Darlene.

You have become an experienced blogger now! Good for you....

I know what you mean about the change in temperature in Arizona.

Once we were in Phoenix and decided to drive up to Flagstaff.
As you know, it is about 150 miles.
When we left Phoenix it was 95 degrees. When we arrived in Flagstaff about 3 hours later it was a blizzard. Snow everywhere!
What a wonderful experience....We loved it.

Joy Des Jardins said...

These pictures are beautiful Darlene. I'm not into monsoons, but I do love thunderstorms, though I'm not crazy about humidity...go figure. I guess Arizona presents all kinds of crazy weather changes...I'm not sure I could deal with it. I can't believe I said that....from someone living here in the Midwest where we have some of the worst weather conditions around. I guess I'm pretty use to it.

Take Darlene.... ~Joy

One Woman's Journey said...

What a delightful day you experienced.
Bet the lunch was good!!
The pictures are beautiful.
Wish I lived near you and you could give me some pointers.
I know one thing
Our weather is surely the opposite.
Need rain here in Nashville.

Darlene said...

Nancy, thank you for your comment. I'm afraid I still don't know what I'm doing so can't say I'm experienced. I wanted the text to be different than it turned out, but the template just did its own thing.

Joy, our temps really don't change that much normally. This time of year the rains are unpredictable and the humidity is high. Normally the humidity is almost zilch.

Ernestine, thank you once again for your nice compliment. It is going to my head. ;-)

Rain said...

I love Mt. Lemmon and have been up there many times but your photos took me there again. So beautiful. The first time I was there was 1965 and coming from the NW, moving down there for my husband to go to grad school, I was loving the desert but missing the mountains and trees. Mt. Lemmon gave us a bit of it and we loved our times there. We were young and would get up on the hills and roll down them (oblivious to timber rattlers but fortunately didn't run into any). A few years ago we drove down the other side of it and boy is that a long way down. Beautiful but very tiring and slow.