camping on Mt. Lemmon

We took the airstream out for a short adventure this weekend – up to Mt. Lemmon, right in our backyard.  It’s the first time we’ve taken the trailer up there, mostly because Jon’s old truck couldn’t have made the trip, pulling the trailer.  The new truck worked great!

our set-up at the campground

We left early Friday afternoon and got there just in time.  We stayed in Spencer Canyon campground, and unlike other places we’ve stayed before, there are no dedicated rv camping spots.  You just park your trailer alongside the road, anywhere a car would park.  We found a large spot up near the camp hosts and took over that area.  We did have to use the official campsite to have a fire, but it was very close to our site. We roasted marshmallows – they were yummy!

enjoying our smores

Sophia did not sleep well at all on Friday night, possible due to a combination of factors: not eating enough at dinner, nap time was only a half hour, a molar still trying to come through, and several mosquito bites from the previous evening).  Whatever the cause, we all slept poorly that night and woke up exhausted. We had breakfast and went for a short hike, looking for pine cones (Sophia’s favorite thing to do when camping).


After our hike, we packed a lunch and went to Rose Canyon Lake.  There were so many people there!  And some people were being loud and smoking – which really was not cool at all.  In lovely scenic areas like state parks, you expect some people to be loud, but the smoking was so rude!  I asked several people to stop, at least by us.

We found a nice shady spot and ate our lunch.  Sophia especially enjoyed the cookies… After lunch, Jon took Sophia to find a spot to put her feet in (she just didn’t understand what all those people were doing – if there’s water, your suppose to swim, in her mind). I pulled out my knitting and Lucy hung out with me.  Naturally, Sophia came back soaking wet.

After grilling up a nice dinner on the camp fire, Sophia feel asleep in Jon’s arms in front of the fire.  She must have been exhausted, with only a fifteen minute nap that day and no sleep the night before.  I know we were!

After a pancake breakfast the next morning, we quickly packed up the trailer and headed home.  It was a very short drive (30 minutes) and we plan on heading back to the mountains soon. Unfortunately, the campgrounds close on Mt. Lemmon next weekend – at least in higher elevations. The autumn colors in the foliage was so lovely to see!



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