During my trip to Arizona, Raven had a few things planned for us. One was a drive up Mount Lemmon! Mount Lemmon is named after an English botanist, Sarah Plummer Lemmon. The local Native people, the O'odham, call it "Babad Do'ag." Our families drove up the Catalina Highway, which is very windy and a little bit scary. Raven even got a bit car sick!
We didn't drive all the way up the mountain; instead, we found a nice lookout and got out of the car to look around. I can't remember what the lookout was called, but you can find it by looking for the rock formation in the photo above. The parking lot is just across from the formation. It was so beautiful!
Once we were out of the car, Raven felt a lot better. She and I had a lot of fun scrambling around on the rocks. Our mamas kept yelling "Keep back from the edge!"
The rocks were huge! It reminded me a bit of the sandstone bluffs at El Malpais. I loved climbing on them. It's too bad the drive up the mountain is so out of reach from the main part of the city- I would ask to come back every day!
I was really glad to share my trip with Raven. She is an excellent guide to her part of the country. She was explaining how there are no saguaros up this high on the mountain because it is a different ecosystem. Once you drive lower, there are saguaros (cactus) everywhere!
See the city in the background of this photo? It's far below us! I think Tucson is at sea level and we were up about 6,000 feet. Awesome! It was a really great trip. We passed several campgrounds on the way up- wouldn't it be cool to camp high up on a mountain? Raven has done it and she says it's very cold, even in the summer. Boo hiss!
Raven found this really cool tree- wouldn't it be fun to build a treehouse in it? That is one of my dreams- to have a real treehouse.
Mount Lemmon is a beautiful place to visit. I can't wait to go back again one day- I think I'll have to invite Summer!
Have you ever been on a mountain? What was it called?