Over the past few days, I’ve been reminiscing about certain things during my daily commute to school. Today, it was my daily summer trip to our family cabin in the mountains, and from that I got an idea to blog about it (naturally). The cabin, which is located in Mt. Lemon, Arizona, holds a very special place in my heart.
I am not one for the west cost (east coast girl at heart), but this is one of the few places on the west coast that I truly enjoy, besides my camp. Built in the 1920’s by my great grandfather, our family cabin has been a tradition for almost 100 years. While it has been touched up to meet the needs of weather conditions, it still holds the same shape as it did back in the 20th century.
The cabin does not have any cable or internet, the fridge is about the size of two counter cabinets stacked on top of each other, and the plumbing system is lackluster to say the least. When a storm hits, which is almost everyday since we go to the cabin during the rainy season, we are doomed. Every afternoon, there’s a 95% chance of thunder and lighting, with potential for hail, to go along with the copious amounts of rain that we receive.
During the day, we stick to the same routine. Wake up around 7:00, have our coffee, eat breakfast, etc. My mom and I do daily hikes while we’re there, and we leave around 9:00 for those. We don’t return until after 1:00 usually, but that is alright. These hikes have become my favorite part of the trip. My mom and I have gotten extremely close over them, and we end up talking for hours on end. The trails can be challenging, but they are worth it.
We always look forward to the hikes not only for the talking, but also the views. Mt. Lemon is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever witnessed, and every year I am taken aback by just how beautiful it is. The mountain has experienced a lot of fire damage, but it still maintains it’s unique beauty.
Once we return to the cabin, we just lay around and relax. The cabin is the one time of year that I get to read, so I usually go through two-four books on a five day trip. We have a lounge chair outside on the deck, so I usually go and sit out there for hours on end, reading books and drinking tea (and coffee too if we’re being honest).
Cooking can be a hassle while we’re here. We have to stick to a lot of microwave meals such as oatmeal and frozen meals. The food we do prep, like chicken and fish, must be eaten immediately so we can make room in the fridge. 1/2 way through the week we will make a pasta dish that will end up becoming both lunch and dinner for the family. I like making my own food, naturally, so that means lots of steamed veggies and oven baked potatoes- not complaining!
Over all, I adore this place. The mountain is never populated by tourists and is one of the greatest places in the world. The sound of the creek in the morning to go along with the chilly winds are the best way to wake up, and the smell of my grandfather making me another cup of coffee warms my heart. My family and I become so close on this trip every year, and I will forever cherish the memories.
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