Elizabeth and I have just returned to our Scottsdale home after an exquisite weekend in Tucson. Overall, it is hard to beat a weekend like this. It had a little bit of everything that constitutes fun, both in earthly and spiritual senses.
We attended a marvelous opera, and went peak-top-peak, cheek-to-cheek 🙂 – from Mt Lemmon (8,200 ft) to Kitt Peak National Observatory (7,000 ft).
We watched the sun for the first time through the world’s largest solar telescope, and saw two giant solar spots or flares. And then we drove back to Tucson through a torrential monsoon thunderstorm which cleared the air and dropped the temperature 30F. We finished the weekend this morning (Oct 20) with an 8-mile hike in the Sabino Canyon.
PEAK-TO-PEAK, CHEEK-TO-CHEEK – MT LEMMON
The first peak we conquered on this beautiful Sunday morning was Mount Lemmon. At 9,100 feet, it is the highest peak in the Catalina mountain range. We got to about 8,200 ft, roughly the elevation of Summerhaven and the surrounding hills.
The temperature there was 56F. Just to give you an idea about the difference elevation can make, the day before, the high in Tucson was 91F. And when we returned from Mt Lemmon around noontime, it was 85F.
Here are some still shots we took on our way up the mountain…
You may have noticed a lot of dead trees on the hillsides around Summerhaven. At first I thought it was an avalanche as there was no sign of charring. But I have since found out that that’s because the fire that consumed this area took place over 11 years ago.
Here’s what the Aspen fire of June 2003 looked like contemporaneously.
MORE TO COME FROM OUR TUCSON WEEKEND…