Amy and I drove up the paved side of Mount Lemmon, the south facing side. Usual fantastic scenery. I wanted to check out a trail head and make sure an upcoming hike was doable given some trail restrictions that are still in place (fallout from the fire of last summer).
The images don't do justice to what we witness. Plenty of evidence of the fire but also...
....plenty of evidence of a normal scene with plenty of ponderosa pines. Then, since neither of us had ever driven the back side of the mountain, we.....
....drove the 29 miles to the town of Oracle. It's a dirt road of course, and pretty bumpy in places but at this time, I think a car could make it. We passed 3-4 jeeps/trucks on the way down. The going is kinda of slow of course but the scenery...
....was great. We both were glad to hit the pavement and then continue on to Oro Valley.