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Hiking Through An Aspen Grove On Aspen Trail   4 comments

In June of 2003 for the Aspen Fire destroyed 85,000 acres on Mt. Lemmon,
located in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Last Friday, we hiked the Aspen Trail,
part of which goes through some of the burned areas.
The aspens were among some of the first vegetation to return,
making these trees now about 15 years old.
Our hike was almost too late in the fall
since many of the aspens have already lost their leaves.

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Aspen Trail-3-72Quaking Aspens On Aspen Trail, Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne

Swirling leaves,
Like erratic wings of butterflies,
shimmered, shook, slapped,
Simultaneously clapping as we passed.

Grace in the grove, the ticking,
whispering clatter of the breeze
Passing back and forth between worlds,
Spirit and sound merged together.

— from “Riding Through a Grove of Aspens” by Emily Dickinson 

Gusty Winds In The Tucson Basin   Leave a comment

Aspen Trail-11-72-2Gusty Winds In The Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

Last Friday was a windy day creating clouds of dust over the Tucson basin.
This image shows the dust clouds as seen from Mt. Lemmon,
where it was windy but no dust on a chilly fall day.

— kenne

Let the desert wind cool
your aching head. Let the
weight of the world — 
drift away instead.

— Beck

Little Wildflowers Along The Trail   Leave a comment

St. John's Worts-72-2St. John’s Worts Wildflower — Image by kenne

There they were, just there
Yellow fireworks shooting off
In a field of green.

— kenne

Hiking the Aspen Draw Loop   1 comment

Aspen Drew Hike 07-05-19-1-72The July 5th SCVN Friday Hikes began at the Sky Valley parking lot
where led guide Phil Bentley greeted everyone and covered the SCVN Safety Rules.
This was a six-mile loop connecting three trails, (Aspen Draw, Mt. Lemmon Trail,
and the Meadow Trail) with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. 

Meadow Triail Hike 07-23-12One of the interest points on this hike was the Lemmon Rock Lookout staffed by the Forest Service personnel.

Meadow Triail Hike 07-23-12The original tower was erected in 1928.

Aspen Drew Hike Lemmon Rock Lookout-2-72On this day we were able to get a tour of the Lookout
since Phil called ahead and talked to the Forest Ranger on duty at the Lookout this summer.

Aspen Drew Hike Lemmon Rock Lookout-72.jpgThe Osborne Fire Finder.

Aspen Drew Hike Lemmon Rock Lookout-7-72.jpgView down into the Tucson Basin and the Santa Rita Mountains.

Aspen Drew Hike 07-05-19-Panorama-72After the tour, we took a snack break before continuing the hike.

Aspen Drew Hike-4-Phil-72A little music from our leader.

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Lemmon Rock-Mark-IMG-4474-72Always a fun time hiking in the Santa Catalina Mountains. — Images by kenne

 

New Mexico Raspberry Blossom   Leave a comment

New Mexico Raspberry Blossom-72-2New Mexico Raspberry (Mt. Lemmon, AZ) — Image by kenne

 

Summer Hiking Season On Mt. Lemmon   2 comments

Old Ski Run Hike-5-72The SCVN Friday Hikes began this past Friday (June 7th) with a short hike up to the old ski run.
Ricki Mensching loves leading this hike each year
and the opportunity to share some the history of the original ski run on Mt. Lemmon.

Old Ski Run Hike-8-72.jpgAs the hikers gathered at the base of the ski run they noticed smoke coming from a camp fire on up the ski slop.
Campers had left the camp fire without making sure the fire was out. Sadly, this kind of happening is not unusual.
We call 911 and the nearby Summer Haven fire department came and extinguished the fire.

On this same day a very large uncontained forest fire began burning in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix.
This marks the beginning of the fire season in Arizona, most all of which are man-made.

Old Ski Run Hike-10-72After getting the fire under control, Ricky continued her narration on the old ski run,
before continuing the hike to the top of the ski run.

Old Ski Run Hike-6-72Images by kenne

HELP PREVENT FOREST FIRES!

 

 

Sneezeweed Among The Ferns   Leave a comment

Sneeze Weed-2891-Edit-1-art-72Sneezeweed — Photo-Artistry by kenne

In among the ferns

Yellow daisy-like flowers,

The sneezeweed stand tall.

— kenne

 

 

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