Thursday, November 22, 2012

Up Mount Lemmon

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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!

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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!

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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!"

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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!

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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!

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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!

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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.

Inky on Mt Lemmon

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?

In this entry I'm wearing: tee and shorts by Royal Doll Boutique, shoes by A Bee Line

11 comments:

  1. Inky, it is so wonderful that you are getting to see so many neat places in America. Mama and Nana want to start going places again, just wish gas was cheaper for sure.

    Hugs, Miss You,
    Taryn

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  2. I've been up a mountain before! It was Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It's 6289ft, and I hiked all of it! It was so much fun. Don't you just love hiking? :)

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  3. Cool! I would love to go there! As I said on your flickr, I must have that tee! Sorry I am typing fast I need to take a shower and after I get to help make corn bread!

    Arianna

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  4. Salut, Inky!
    I've never been on a mountain, but I most certainly have driven through them.
    Neat coincidence that the highway was called Catalina Highway. The teaching assistant from Mexico likes to call the person Catalina just for fun. ;)
    You guys look very cute in your outfits! Inky, you look so nautical with those stripes and red hair accessories.
    Bisous,
    Sabine

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  5. Happy Birthday Inky! I hope your party is great. I just found your blog last week, and I finished reading all your entries yesterday. You have taken some of the best trips ever.

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY INKY!! I wish you the best... AND A FUZZY RED PANDA!

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  7. happy birthday! Best wishes. Oh and Stephine wants to be your friend. She is having a freakout that she didn't ask you.

    Arianna

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  8. Hello Inky! Ohh La La! A Mountain! I'd never dare to look off the edge! *cringes* I hate heights! But it does sound like you girls had loads of fun!!!! Ahh! Both you're girls hair just looks so adorable! I just loves braids of any kind and you're hair Inky is just so cute! Anyways you have loads of style!! :D Oh, and Happy Birthday! Which I understand is today? So then... H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y! I hope you have a day of FUN and you get all your Wishes!!!! :D

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  9. Hey! I see Raven finally got boots like mine. Drat. I was going to give her a pair since she liked them so much.

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    1. She wouldn't quit talking about yours so we bought her a pair!

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