Summer is an adventure in the Old Pueblo. Unlike the “olden days” when the sidewalks were rolled up and Tucson shut down for the summer, it’s the time of year us natives can get great deals at the resorts, restaurants have specials to entice us to enter their doors and the mountains are less than an hour away. One of the benefits of retirement is being able to head up to our sky island during the week. The traffic is light, Summerhaven and Ski Valley are almost deserted and you can easily snag a seat at the local restaurants. Patio dining is perfect. We got in the car and the Catalina Highway took us away. I thought you would enjoy seeing a couple pics from our heat escape.
On June 17, 2003, the Aspen fire began and burned for almost a month. A total of 84,750 acres of land was destroyed and 340 homes and businesses in the town of Summerhaven were lost. Since then the forest has been recovering, building codes were changed, new houses were constructed and the mountain continues to be a beautiful place to visit.
The summer has plenty of beauty to share with us.
The bees are happy campers, harvesting the bounty of the flowers for future honey. You can find the fruits of their labor at our local farmers’ markets.
The forest is bursting with colors.
We have the best of both worlds in Tucson. You can escape to the coolness of the Sky Island in summer and enjoy the snow in winter. If winter conditions are right, you can take your skis, ride the lift and delight in the powder. Mt. Lemmon and the Coronado Forest is a true Tucson treasure. In a few short months we can go back and enjoy the delight of fall’s colors too. Yes, in Tucson we have it all.
Believe it or not, Europeans flock to our city in the hot summer months. The rates are affordable, we are a culinary destination and overall our international visitors enjoy the warmer temps. I recall our first summer in Tucson. After leaving the heat and humidity of Pittsburgh, I thought it was wonderful. The second summer it seemed a little bit warmer. By the third year I was complaining along side everyone else, ha ha! If you’re a local surviving through the hot summer days, what do you do to cool off?
In conclusion, summer is a small price to pay for our beautiful springs, falls and winters!