To fill this small void, I prodded my husband to drive up the Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon, in search of oaks, maples, aspens, sumacs in their fall colors. It is a particularly fascinating ascent, biologically, passing through a number of life zones from saguaros and palo verdes to oaks and junipers, thence to pines, aspens, firs and spruce, from 2500' elevation to over 9000'. The biological equivalent, they say, of driving from Mexico to Canada, in just 27 miles.
The Halloween day began prophetically with a colorful sunrise,
and I'm glad I'm not driving so I can enjoy this marvelous scenery. Though I've seen it many times before, it never fails to inspire and entertain. As we reached the higher elevations, a lookout offered a stark view of the mountaintop community of Summerhaven and its surrounding forests devastated by the Aspen Fire of 2003.
Bear with me if you see more striking colors every day out your window. I was in a momentary heaven and my camera felt the same, it just kept clicking and clicking. The blue, blue sky above providing a magnificent backdrop to the forest.
At the Cookie Cabin's patio in the village, we gorged on freshly-homemade berry cobbler topped with ice cream, the biggest peanut butter cookie you've ever seen and a delicious cup of coffee.