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Dads and families flock to the high grounds of Mount Lemmon to escape the excessive Tucson heat

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 19:24:07-04
Some dads decided that the best way to beat the sweltering heat this Father's Day was to head to high country. Mount Lemmon is roughly 20 degrees cooler than metro Tucson, so for many who wanted to grill and spend the day outdoors - this was the spot. 
 
The sun still crept through the tree branches, but that hint of heat was nothing compared to Tucson's excessively hot temperatures.
 
"Still a lot better than Tucson right now," said Ralph Lucht. "And we have a pool in our backyard, but I mean, you can't stay in the pool all day. Either that or you get stuck in the house, so it's better up here by far."
 
Lucht is a father and a grandfather who spent the day in the campgrounds. 
 
"We've been coming here for years for Mother's Day and this is the first year we've decided to do this for Father's Day," Lucht explained. 
 
Lucht said, they spent the day playing games and hoping the breeze stays up. That feeling was also shared by anther father named Tom Palomares. 
 
"I'm not a big fan of 117 degrees, so to be in below triple digits is nice," said Palomares. 
 
Besides escaping the heat, Palomares said - he wanted to escape the daily grind of the city and spend the day remembering what is most important. 
 
"It's always nice to spend time with family," Palmares said. "You know, we get busy with work and it's just nice to spend time up here."
 
That way they keep the Father's Day celebrations ahead of the heat and the hustle of the city.