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Forecasting Snow On Mt. Lemmon Tomorrow   1 comment

Aspen Trail -- 10-22-12One of the Ski Slopes On Mt. Lemmon — Panorama by kenne

Maybe snow tomorrow!

 

Fall On The Aspen Draw Trail   6 comments

Aspen Draw Trail-978307200 blog TitleImage by kenne

Lonely ski slopes
off the mountaintop
surrounded by a 
forest of color, with
small brooks passing.

So it is with me 
to hike the Aspen Draw
up the slopes
under the fall colors — 
sun mingling with leaves.

Once near the top
a girl with yellow hair
passes by without
saying a word, not
knowing I was there.

A stranger to
everything

and everyone
just passing through
this lonely world.

— kenne

 

First Snowball Fight   8 comments

James & Jill 2013-9258 blogMost people don’t come to the desert to see snow, they come here to get away from it. But when you are a five-year-old boy living on the Texas gulf coast and have never been in snow, why not.

So, on the first day of Jill;s and James’ visit, we headed up Catalina highway to Mt. Lemmon.

James & Jill 2013-9255 blog

At seven thousand feet, James kept asking, “Where’s the snow?” “I don’t see any snow!” We had stopped at Windy Point Vista for James to get his “mountain-feet.” A short distance beyond Windy Point Vista we started to see snow in shady along the highway and signs that James just might become a believer — Yes, James, there is snow on Mt. Lemmon.

James & Jill 2013-9263 blogThis all being a new experience, James carefully picks up pieces of snow near the Ski Valley parking lot to toss.

James & Jill -9275 blogIt didn’t take James long to get the gist of it.

James & Jill 2013-9285 BlogAfter spending some time at Ski Valley, we headed over the Marshall Gulch and walked down the snow-packed road.

James & Jill 2013-9299 blogBy now the snowball fighting had taken on a new level of seriousness.

James & Jill 2013-9306 blogPhotos of James, Mom, and Grandma by kenne

A short video clip playing in the snow at Ski Valley on M.t Lemmon.

Hiking The Aspen Draw, Mt. Lemmon Trail And The Meadow Trail   5 comments

SCVN Friday Hike on Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see slide show.)

6b41d7e0b974f08ab70e4e520531266fYesterday’s SCVN Friday Hike started at the Ski Valley parking lot where we took the Aspen Draw trail up to the top of the ski runs, then the Mt. Lemmon trail, looping back on the Meadow Trail. Combining these three trails gave us a six-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,200 feet. The hike included a stop of the Lemmon Rock Lookout.

The weather was great, so I was able to get a lot of photos, which I will be sharing, starting with the previous post and some others after this posting.

The SCVN summer hikes on Mt. Lemmon will conclude after the two remaining hikes (August 23 & 30). The SCVN lead hikes are part of our Public Interpretation program, which includes Walks, Hikes, and Demos, designed to help participants learn about and experience the wonders of Sabino Canyon, the Santa Catalina Mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. 

kenne

View From The Box Camp Trail On Mt. Lemmon   4 comments

Box Camp Trail 06-28-13View of Tucson from the Box Camp Trail on Mt. Lemmon (Click here to see more hiking the Box Camp Trail photos.)  — Images by kenne

Box Springs Trail

The ground we walk on,
the plants and creatures,
the clouds above
constantly dissolving
into new formations –
each gift of nature
possessing its own
radiant energy,
bound together by
cosmic harmony.

— Ruth Bernhard

New Year’s Eve Snow On The Mountain — Panoramic Views   5 comments

Snow In The Mountains 12-31-12

Snow In The Mountains 12-31-12

Panoramic Views of The Santa Catalina Mountains, December 31, 2012 — Images bu kenne

Over night we received .6 inches of rain and Mount Lemmon another 10 inches of snow. The clouds block the mountain peaks above 5,000 feet, but the cooler temperatures brought snow down to the 3,500 foot level — my favorite way to see snow from the desert below. Last night’s rain brought the total rain fall for the year to 11.6 inches, a little below normal.

Tomorrow the Catalina Highway is expected to be open, as will as Ski Valley, which are normally closed on Tuesdays — wish my legs could take to the slopes.

kenne

Waiting For Snow On Mount Lemmon   2 comments

Mount Lemmon Ski Lift (View to the north.) — Images by kenne

(Click on any of the thumbnails to see larger view.)

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