The Trip (Volume #2)

So, as I contemplate whether to contact Delta Airlines about the chihuahua story, the effects of being on the road all week have settled in. I mentioned the sprawl of Phoenix, Arizona and Orange County, California. It is truly amazing how many strip malls, restaurants, and other structures can be erected. There really isn’t an urban core. It is maximum density suburbs as far as the eye can see. Connecticut is similar in many ways. The names on some of the stores are a little different, but all of the big box retailers are there: IKEA, Home Depot, Staples, Target, and of course, Wal-Mart. I could continue describing it, but it disgusts me. One has to question if the growth of the service economy really is growth. When you see all of these airports and all of these cities, you are reminded that in less than 15 years, this has become the norm. Cities like Phoenix have exploded in growth and continue their expansion, virtually unchecked. I was fortunate to have a few hours to wind down before catching my red-eye flight home from Tucson, so I attempted to drive a bit of the access road up Mt. Lemmon.

 Fading daylight viewed from a rest stop a few miles up Mt. Lemmon.

Unfortunately, brutal contruction in Tucson had closed all of the major downtown exits. A few wrong turns later and daylight faded. I only made it a few miles up the mountain, but it wet my appetite to make a return visit to this section of the Coronado National Forest. Next time, I want to go all the way (25 miles) up to Summerhaven, the town at the top that was ravaged by a major wildfire in 2003.

Fading daylight viewed from a rest stop a few miles up Mt. Lemmon.

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