My son is now going to a private school that observes Jewish, Christian and the traditional secular holidays so he was off on Monday for Rosh Hashanah. In fact the entire month of September he has one day off each week! With new computer time rules (which are working!) I find it is best to “help” him find things to do if he has a lot of free time. On Labor Day we went fruit picking at Apple Annie’s. This Monday we went hiking up at Mt. Lemmon.
Some early fall color starting.
We began with lunch at Viv’s Cafe because it is good to start a hike with a full stomach. Then up, up, up the mountain we went. The temperature dropped from 100° to a delicious 72°.
We decided to try a new trail and I was hoping to do a loop but after a long time of climbing uphill and unsure of exactly how much further we still had to go we decided to simply turn around. The hike back down was sheer perfection. Blue skies, a few clouds and oddly, some rumbles of thunder in the distance made the perfect autumnal hiking ambience. The path was shaded with dappled patches which I absolutely love!
The rain cloud.
A stop at a scenic overlook on the way home. I believe that is the San Pedro Valley.
Driving back down the mountain we could smell rain and observed some wet stretches of road way but no rain fell on us. We decided to stop at DQ for ice cream which ended up being our dinner and came home to collapse on the couch and watch “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”.
A dried up plant that screams autumn to me.
Best Monday in a really long time.