Local

November 29, 2012

Mt. Lemmon provides fall, winter feel

Visitors can watch the sunset on the drive down Mt. Lemmon in the evening. The SkyCenter, a science learning facility located at the top of Mt. Lemmon, offers events to view the sky environment and its astronomy.

‘Searching for Fall’ was the name of the game recently as my friends and I went in search of a quick getaway with cooler weather. While Arizona is known for its beautiful weather and longer summers, autumn brings the desire of the smell of brisk air and and color of leaves changing in the trees. Taking a one-day jaunt to Mt. Lemmon satisfied that craving.

Mt. Lemmon sits just north of Tucson, in the Coronado National Forest, in the Santa Catalina mountain range. On the scenic, curving roads up the mountain, rocks and boulders, gigantic in size, surrounded us for 28 miles, the length of the drive. At the highest point, over 9,000 feet above sea level, it is easy to forget that one is still in the Arizona desert because of the pine trees and a forest-like feel.

Along the drive up, Mt. Lemmon has many “pull offs” so viewers may stop and take pictures. While parked at one of them, my friends and I were able to watch a man scaling the side of the mountain below us.

The main stop, known as ‘Windy Point,’ led us to walk out on the boulders and appreciate the view at a breathtaking advantage. We took note of the picnic tables and planned lunch on a blanket on the rocks for a future visit.

Summerhaven, a small town with a population of 40 and located at the top of the mountain, is a retreat for visitors during the summer months with newly built cabins, shops, a general store and restaurants such as Sawmill Run, where we stopped to stretch our legs and enjoy the picturesque view of the tranquil town and it’s holiday-like aura. Much of Summerhaven was destroyed in a wildfire in 2003, and the town is still recovering.

A rock climber scales the side of Mt. Lemmon at 6,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Lemmon offers over 1,200 climbing routes, including single or multi pitch clip-up routes for the traditionalist.

As the sun lowered, the temperature dropped and we had our fill of the “fall” that we were pursuing so we headed back down the mountain. We chased the sun as it set, and watched it settle into the horizon as we reached the end of our journey. Finishing up the day with a warm dinner amongst friends, we reminisced on the day’s memories, planning our next trip back.

To get to Mt. Lemmon, take exit 275 off Interstate 10 and go north on Houghton Road for 14 miles. Turn right onto East Catalina Highway. This marks the beginning of the 28-mile drive. Driving time from I-10 to the base of Mt. Lemmon was approximately 25 minutes.

Currently, there is no fee to experience the beauty of Mt. Lemmon. For more information, go to http://www.go-arizona.com/Mt-Lemmon-Scenic-Byway/.

Motorcycle riders enjoy the pine trees and blue skies while driving up Mt. Lemmon. MotorcycleUSA.com claims this ride is one of the most scenic rides one can enjoy anywhere near Tucson.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

What makes chaplain assistants unique

SAN ANTONIO — As the U.S. Army Installation Management Command chaplain assistant sergeant major, I am proud of all the chaplain assistants supporting our Soldiers, Families and Civilians. We are celebrating 105 years since the Army officially introduced this unique Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS. The Army officially created the position of chaplain assistant On...
 
 
Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater)

Looking for career progression? Join Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Department of the Army Civilians inspect a base expeditionary targeting surveillance systems-combined tower before transferring it over to the Afghan National Army near Kabul...
 
 

Fort community donates items in big way

From left, Warren “Russ” Barnes, logistics officer, shows Deborah Bohn, budget analyst, and Sheri York, RAYTHEON site lead, how to ride one of 55 bikes the 2nd-13th Aviation Regiment collected for the Fort Huachuca toy drive this year. This week, chapel personnel distributed toys and clothing collected from many units and organizations on Fort Huachuca...
 

 

Army & Air Force Exchange Service sets Christmas-New Year’s holiday hours

Launderette Always Open Main Exchange Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 26 – 27: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 29 – 30: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Dec. 31: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Jan. 1: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Furniture/Outdoor Living Dec. 24: 10 a.m. – 5...
 
 
NOEL9_Hidalgo

Night of Extraordinary Lights brings FH, community together

From left, Michelle, Mark and Brianna Davis, sit at their booth for Shellana Precious Gems at the Night of Extraordinary Lights on Brown Parade Field on Fort Huachuca Dec. 12. The Davis family was among several crafts vendors w...
 
 

Children share their Christmas poems

Christmas I’m waiting… for Christmas cookies to bake in the oven, for stockings to hang by the fire place, for presents to unwrap by the Christmas tree, for elves to hide by the tree, for reindeer to fly high in the sky, and then I’ll know, it’s Christmas! By Ayanna Pierre Christmas I’m waiting… for...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin