Monday walk…Mt. Lemmon

Posted: December 6, 2021 in Monday walk
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Jo’s walking again and so are we after much too long! I posted about Mr. Lemmon before, a mountain near Tucson where you can pass through five or six climate regions, starting with low desert and ending near the top with a ski area and lots of trees. You drive the designated scenic byway up and take it back down and there are plenty of pullouts where you can stop to take in the scenery. The intrepid cycle rather than drive and there are more than you’d think as Mt. Lemmon is the most popular biking climb in the US and one that can be done pretty much year-round.

A mile and a half from the top most people stop to take in the view or eat at the restaurant and this is where you catch the ski lift in winter. But although the road continues to the top, my husband suggested we walk. Now a mile and a half doesn’t sounds like much, but it’s a bit steep and at about 9,000′, provides a lot less oxygen than where we live at 1237’/377m! Fortunately, the walk doesn’t lack views, the perfect excuse to stop for a moment, although they’re worth stopping for whatever the reason.

There were lots of these fuzzy guys still looking nice and green even while catching downed leaves. Up this high there are deciduous trees, including aspen, to give up their leaves so I could feel as though it really was fall. 🙂

It made me happy to find this vintage, beautifully restored 1971 VW Beetle at a pullout as I had a bright yellow ’75 Super Beetle for a number of years. It was a sad when we had to sell it because we couldn’t get a child’s car seat in the back. There are quite a few older Beetles here because there’s no snow or salt to attack them.

The most exciting think for me was finding beautiful frost near the top in areas where the sun didn’t reach. 🙂

The view from the top was rather special. We’d hoped to be able to see the observatory but the road to it was closed and we weren’t sure if we were allowed to hike up. Besides, we still had to go back down and although it does take a lot less time, it works your quads hard, just in different spots than climbing up. We felt rather good about completing the hike, especially since my husband has been working almost non-stop and when he does get a chance to exercise, he cycles, again using leg muscles very differently from walking. It put us in the mood to enjoy our first in-restaurant meal together since moving here in early 2020, at a Greek restaurant that garnered lots and lots of great online reviews.

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. restlessjo says:

    Fabulous views, Janet! Thanks so much for making time to join me.

  2. Sheree says:

    I’d definitely like to cycle up it

  3. Sue says:

    Great views, Janet!

  4. Prior... says:

    Enjoyed the walk Janet style

  5. peggy says:

    What a view – do love Arizona. There are so many great mountain ranges in Arizona. What a fabulous place to walk. Great post Janet.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    Congratulations on getting up and down (sometimes the harder part). Thanks for sharing tie sights along the way. Have a nice week, Janet.

    • Glad you could coming along, Dan, and I bet your legs didn’t feel it at all. 🙂 The week’s off to a good start. I have all my Christmas packages sent (and arrived), the decorations up, and we’re getting ready to celebrate Mom’s birthday tomorrow night. Plus there’s a new place not too far away that has $1 coffee/tea/etc drinks until the end of the year so although it’s not my favorite place, it will be until January 1. 🙂

  7. ledrakenoir says:

    The good old VW looks very well maintained, there are still many and large clubs for VW enthusiasts in every single one of all the european countries – probably outside Europe as well. 🙂

    Looks like a landscape my black mountain bike would love. 🙂

  8. It looks like a great hike, and the views are wonderful! My mom had a bright yellow Beatle in the early 70’s that I was hoping to be able to drive, but then right before I was to get my driver’s permit she traded it in for a Karmann Ghia. A darling little red one with a black top. Which I was not allowed to drive at. all. I drove the family station wagon. 😂

    Lunch at a Greek place sounds like a great way to regain the calories lost on the hike up!

    • It was quite a hike and yes, the perfect excuse to get those calories back. 🙂 We hadn’t had Greek or Middle Eastern food literally for years so it was quite a treat.

      The Karmann Ghia sounds like a beauty. I loved my Beetle and it took me everywhere even in the mountains. I drove it across huge sections of the US many times and always figured if I got stuck somewhere I could find four big men who could pick it up and put it back on the road. 🙂 Never had to test that thankfully, but some friends did move it once to a different part of the parking lot. I was just glad they didn’t put it on someone’s porch, something I’ve read about happening.

  9. Amy says:

    That is a challenging hike, Janet. The view is stunning!

  10. Eunice says:

    Great views and I love the vintage VW Beetle, so much nicer than the modern versions we see now.

  11. Gradmama2011 says:

    Beautiful photos. I am so jealous, my heart lives in Tucson and environs…even if the rest of me is in Ohio. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Such a beautiful vintage car like that seems out of place in the wilderness, but it is all the more striking for it, too. Almost like it was made for a photo shoot!

    • It was a fun find and that sort of car fits in anywhere as far as I’m concerned. Mine went all over the mountain area of Steamboat Springs for several years back in the 70’s so I see the mountains as just the right place. 🙂

  13. Tina Schell says:

    What a wonderful excursion you two had Janet! Loved the vistas as well as the frost and foliage. Think I’d have loved the greek restaurant the best though LOL. I have a good friend here that still has her original little yellow beetle. I think it has about 10,000 miles on it at most as she only uses it on the island and isn’t often here. They are the most adorable little cars, don’t you thing?!

  14. de Wets Wild says:

    Breathtaking views – and you did marvelously despite the breathtaking altitude!

    • It was literally breathtaking, Dries.

      Just watched the final Dubai games tonight. The Aussie women were awesome, but the Boks almost gave me a heart attack!! I bet the All Blacks were sick that they couldn’t make it. Two great weekends!

      • de Wets Wild says:

        The USA also really gave a good account of themselves in the first “tournament”. That’s what makes the 7’s game so exciting; the teams are on a much more equal footing.

  15. Resa says:

    My fave is the second pic. A desert rose, for sure!

  16. Spectacular views. The first car I ever bought was a pea green VW Beetle with no heat except for the tiny vent on the floor. 🙂

    • The heat worked fine originally but I think the salt eventually took a toll. When we sold it, the heat was sketchy, which in northeast Ohio wasn’t a good thing. I imagine the parents who bought it got the car all fixed up for their son.

  17. Wind Kisses says:

    A stunning climb. I didn’t know it was the most popular bike ride in the US. So much Tim for reflection up there. And yummy. Greek food. Sounds wonderful. Merry Christmas. Donna

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