Thursday, November 28, 2013

Up Up Up to Greatest Place to Live in Arizona!

Mount Lemmon is the highest peak in the Catalina Mountains. And from the base to the peak you get incredible views and a varied landscape. Prior to reaching the 9157 feet peak, you'll begin by watching the desert climb up the mountain with you with large cactus covered cliffs. 

Then eventually deciduous and conifer trees will replace the cacti. 

And higher up, lies snow. When we were there, there was probably 2-3 inches on the ground. 

At 8,000 feet elevation lies the perfect, best city in Arizona, nestled high up in the mountain- Summerhaven. I could live here. Brian is less certain since there is no gas station nearby (last gas station is a mile from the base of the mountain), a long possibly tretcherous drive up and down, and probably has terrible television and internet reception. Me, I'm less realistic and would love to live here despite his concerns. 

The kids enjoyed the snow and before we left Sophie insisted that we had to build a snowman.... or snowwoman to be specific. It had to be a girl snowman. So Brian helped her make a snowman, albeit a small one.

And we all enjoyed the Cookie Cabin! 

This beautiful place is a well hidden secret, but it was worth the drive... even if it did take awhile to reach our destination.

Sabino Canyon's Seven Falls

An interesting trend, not so much a tradition lately has been that we've gone hiking within days before or after Thanksgiving. In 2010, we hiked at Devil's Den in Arkansas. In 2012, we hiked at the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. And this year (2013), we went hiking in Sabino Canyon.

The kids hiked separately this time, going on an easier route with Grammy and Aunt Carmie.

While Brian and I opted for the 8 mile round trip to Seven Falls.

We went over large rocks....

Through river beds....

Past cacti....

Along the edge of the cliffs....

To a waterfall set high among the cliffs. Here is the view from the mountain's edge we were making our way around. You can see how small the people are comparatively.

We were so happy to finally reach our destination!

4 miles doesn't seem so bad but when you are going up at a steep incline and aren't exactly the most seasoned hikers, it can really wear you out! We ended up taking a break at the cliffs rocky edge to rest our legs before returning back the other 4 miles.

And thankfully it was much faster downhill because we made it back down right before the sunset behind the mountains.

And before the javelinas and mountain lions decided to turn us into dinner.

For more information about Sabino Canyon, click HERE.