Quick water road closures, snow storms and frigid winds this winter make planning a day trip around Tuscon an exercise in patience. We get lucky on the day we spend the afternoon riding the Catalina Highway up to Mount Lemmon. Winding between the desert Saguaro’s at the bottom, this road scenically serpentines up to an evergreen forest.
We ride about 60 miles roundtrip from the start of the scenic ride to our turnaround point at the foot of the ski slopes. Where we are able to summon the fortitude to withstand the cold temps and brisk wind, we stop to admire the views at the frequent pull-offs. If we had started earlier, we could have eaten at the Iron Door restaurant in the ski village. But the Iron Door slammed shut in our shivering faces just as we arrived. As a result, I had to listen to my grumbling stomach all the way back down the mountain.
Before we can venture out for more sightseeing, the weather takes a daunting turn.
Building an Arizona Snowman – gotta make the best of it!
A Visit to Gammons Gulch
Clear, crisp skies greet us on Saturday for a short caravan with fellow campers from our RV park to visit two local attractions. Our first stop is Gammons Gulch, a western movie set nearby. Storm enjoys this more than I do as he admires and inspects the collection of old, rusty tools and equipment. Then, just down the dirt road from the movie set we visit the Forever Home Donkey Rescue sanctuary. The affable owners there take us on a tour to meet their gentle, donkey guests.