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Springtime On The Mountain   Leave a comment

Yellow Sweet Clover (1 of 1)-2 blog

Yellow Sweet Clover (1 of 1)-3 blog“Springtime On The Mountain”  August 1, 2014 (Melilotus officinalis: Yellow Sweet Clover) — Image by kenne
A non-native annual herb on Mt. Lemmon.

“If A Tree Falls In The Forest . . .”   Leave a comment

“If A Tree Falls In The Forest . . .” Hiking The Mt. Bigelow Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains. — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the tiled images to see larger view in a slideshow.)

Looking Through The Trees   11 comments

Bear Wallow Leaves“Looking Through The Trees” — Image by kenne

Mt. Lemmon Fall Colors And The Story Of The First Ski Slope   1 comment

Images by kenne (Click on any of the images for larger view and slideshow.)

For you non-locals, Mt. Lemmon (9,157 ft.) is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, part of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona.

At this time all National Forest Services continue to be closed because of the government shut-down. However, access to Mt. Lemmon via the Catalina Highway is available since the highway is a county highway.

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) are part of the Forest Service and regularly provide educational programs, nature walks and hikes — the schedule is published on the SCVN website. Some of the SCVN members continue the hiking schedule (unofficially), recently hiking the Bear Wallow trail to take in the fall colors.

Parts of the trail goes through the area where the original Mt. Lemmon ski slope was located back in the 40’s and 50’s. Since part of SCVN mission to the public is to educate, Ricki Mensching shares the story of early skiing on Mt. Lemmon during the Bear Wallow hike this past Friday. Current skiing takes place each at winter at Ski Valley, the southernmost ski destination in the continental United States, and receives approximately 180 inches (4.6 m) of snow annually (Wikipedia).


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