Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hiking, Mt. Lemmon and biking

Not much happening in the Old Pueblo. Friday the weather changed and it got coolish. There were clouds and wind and cold air. We hiked in the afternoon after waiting for it to warm up.

Saturday we decided to drive up Mt. Lemmon to see the top before it snows. As you will not doubt recall from my blog entry earlier this year, there was a fire in 2003 on Mt. Lemmon. It pretty much wiped out the town at the top, Summerhaven. We drove to the summit where it was 37 degrees. Cold! It's still looking pretty forlorn at the top.

This is Ski Valley, the ski area at the top. It's a small area, fairly rocky. I skied there in the 1980's and no one in Tucson would rent skis for up there, too many rocks. You had to use their skis.

There were MANY people on bicycles climbing Mt. Lemmon Saturday. As it turned out, there was a Randonneur ride up to the top. Those people are crazy, they go out and ride huge distances, up many large hills.

This guy, was running up Mt. Lemmon with a huge pack. Nutbags!

Is it not lovely?

Today we went mountain biking out at the Ironwood picnic area. There are a bunch of washes, some of them are really steep. This is Jim demonstrating his walking out of the wash technique.

So, it's becoming winter in the desert. It looks like it's going to be a 3 dog night tonight. However, it's way better than snow or nor'easters.

Have you ever wondered what ever happened to Cheech and Chong, or Willie Nelson? I now know that. They are playing the casinos in Tucson.

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