Driving down Mount Lemmon the way we came did not take as long as going up, same with all the cyclists! We headed east to Sabino Canyon, but turned left on E Sunrise Drive. I remarked we would be heading in that direction later, but Ginger said it would be only a minute's detour. And it was, to see her old house on N Cherokee Ridge Road.
At Sabino Canyon, we were on time to catch the next mini-tram for a tour of the mini-gorge.
|Sabino Canyon Tram|
|Saguaros on rock cliffs|
|Sabino Creek, home to the native Gila intermedia/Gila Chub|
|AZ Deputy Sheriff John Anderson Pool,|
named for a rescuer who died in the line of duty in 1948;
note the banded gneiss rocks (KAH)
|Karen and Tamiko (photo by Ginger)|
People could board or disembark at one of nine stops for any number of hiking opportunities. We took the tram back the whole way.
|Bridge warning signs|
|Acropolis rock formation|
|Parkinsonia microphylla/Palo Verde flowers|
We drove back out to E Sunrise Drive and headed west. Stopped for lunch at Sunrise Café for Mediterranean food.
Next: DeGrazia Gallery of the Sun.