Wednesday has been our usual golf day but I picked up a bug and wasn't sure I was up to it. Instead we decided to go for a drive up to Mt Lemmon. Wow! That was way more than we expected and totally worth the time to see. The panoramic views were spectacular and the change of scenery up the mountain and around the back side of it were drastic.
We started on the outskirts of Tucson and found ourselves on the Mt Lemmon Scenic Byway. It has been described as the equivalent of driving from the deserts of Mexico to the forests of Canada in a short span of 27 miles.
The photo below is of Jeff, whom we met while he was coming up the steep hill. He was glad to stop for a couple of minutes and chat. He's a newcomer from Chicago and recently relocated to Phoenix. Out for his first accent of the mountain with his friend who was a few hundred yards back.
Pam taking in the views.
On the back side of the mountain, across the Santa Catalina range, you could see the San Pedro River Valley below.
Near the top of the road we saw some snow. Pam had to get out and jump in just to say she did it. And for a photo to send to the kids. Yes it was COLD! Temperature on the mountain was 57 degrees. Back in Tucson, 23 miles away, it was 88 degrees.
It was a great drive and I recommend it. The way down the mountain went a lot quicker although I tried not to use my brakes too much. It was very steep at times but the highway was in great condition.
Still, I would not be tempted to take the RV up the mountain and stay at one of the mountain campgrounds we saw along the way. We saw a 5th wheel parked at one and I imagine it took some doing to get it there. Seems as if the area is more conducive to pop up trailer and tent camping.
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