|Mount Lemmon - part of the Catalina Mountains-outside Tucson, AZ|
It is named for Sara Allen Plummer Allen, the first woman to climb it in the late 1800s. Lots of snow and just perfect for a day of sledding, which I haven't done in years, but one doesn't lose the touch-it's all in the steering and staying on the sled all the way to the bottom.
Here is the beginning of the climb up Mt. Lemmon.
|Looking back down at the Tucson area.|
Still warm and dry here. No sight of snow yet.
But further up and around another curve or two and SNOW!!!!
Now, do I remember the tricks to staying on the sled, avoiding the bumps and flying off, and escaping the trees?
Here I am before I am wet with snow. The first climb up.
The climb up the hill.
FLYING DOWN-I did miss the tree!
Landed at the bottom in a few branches but not bad. Each slide down I made it farther. It's like riding a bike- you don't forget how to do it.
As kids ( 7 of us in our family) we would always walk to Kolbeck's Hill with our friends in the neighborhood and sled and tobaggon for hours. We were very cold and snowpants, and mittens were always wet at the end. But lots of fun and memories!
Climbing back up for another trip down!
After several snowball fights, touch football in the snow and many trips down the hill my feet were thoroughly wet and cold. Time to move on up the mountain to Ski Valley and the little town up here-Summerhaven.
The ski lift in Ski Valley was very active today. No sign of snow melting here.
We made a stop at the Cookie Cabin.
The Cookie Cabin and the gift shop next door to it were both burnt down in the 1990's fire up here but they were quickly rebuilt as business is very brisk.
Here are some interesting signs I read while at the Cookie Cabin waiting for our fudge brownie to be baked.
After the cookie it was time to head back down the hill to the city of Tucson. Here is the climb down.