Just how cold WAS it Johnny?

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Santa Catalina Mountains Mount Lemmon
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Who knows what Carson would have answered, but I do know it was cold here last night.  We have no electric, but Grandma's quilt kept us warm.  i got up at six AM to get the coffee going and watch the sunrise. I turned on the gas below the pot and tried the propane lighter... no luck. I tried again...the same.  Finally I put the lighter in the flow of heat from the furnace.  After a few moments "thawing out", it worked.  That's cold, Ed.  The actual temperature was about 33˚ outside and 35˚ inside. With the furnace set at fifty, it tool about half an hour to reach the point where it would shut down.  I was attired in my fleece vest and my raincoat over my bare legs and happy to be alive.  These days on the road offer such variety in our lives.  It's living, not just being alive.

When Lynn got up, it was warmer, since I was able to start the generator and run the furnace full blast, so to speak.  With the fresh sunrise shining through Shorty's windshield, it took no time to make the coach comfy.

We decided to hike the trail to the Romero Pools.  This hike was the most demanding that we'd ever undertaken.  It's steep, 1500' elevation gain in two miles... The weather was perfect, however, with a few white marshmallow clouds to punctuate an otherwise blue sky. The trail, if you can call it that, varied between smooth sandy sections and vicious rock stairs of sorts.  The altitude gain kept us stopping regularly to catch our breath.  We had water in our hydration pack, so that was easy.  Air?  It came easily after a few minutes at trailside.

We made it to Romero Pass and then decided that after two hour ascent, we didn't want to drop down the three hundred feet to dip our toes in the pools.  I had a snack, took a few telephoto shots of the water below and we started back.  The trip was four and a half miles round trip and took us nearly four hours.  I might do it again, but they don't allow firearms in this park. ;0)

It got up into the lower sixties today, so Shorty was nice and warm when we got back.  I felt moved to take a nap and Lynn got on the computer to search for houses on the Florida Keys.  We're planning on meeting Joe, Mel, Lisa and Rich there next February for a week's stay.  We'll take a couple of months to drive and they'll fly and meet us.  Sounds like a plan to me..

Thanks for sharing a bit of our time with us.  I hope the pictures do justice to our experience.  Oh, the jackrabbit showed up just outside of our campsite.  Tall and lean is the word for him.  He looks to be shedding his winter coat and really doesn't look to healthy to me.  

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ferd on

Really GREAT photos of some BEAUTIFUL country...nice! Glad it warmed up for you both! Hugs

kenny on

my home is on the way from montana to the keys note

Mike Noble on

So was the jackrabbit following you or you it? Big ears so must have heard everything l sounds like a good hike but you should have gone down to the water. Looks like you still have some desert spring bloom. Well, happy trails.

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