Adventures in Portlandia!
July 19-26, 2016
We came to Portland to see Jamie and help her get settled in her new house. After a lot of mulching, a little baking, and few minor maintenance projects, we embarked on a whirlwind tour of the area, biking along the Willamette River, driving the Historic Columbic River Highway, hiking in forests so deep they feel like tunnels, and getting up close and personal with one of the most prominent peaks in the US.More
Ham Radio Field Day: Back to the Chiricahuas!
June 23-27, 2016Every year on the fourth weekend in June, more than ham radio operators nationwide participate in a "Field Day" sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio. From 2006 to 2010, members of Tucson's SWOT ("sidewinders on 2") gathered every year at Rustler Park in the Chiricahuas for Field Day. Then in 2011, the disastrous Horseshoe II Fire incinerated more than 220,000 acres in the Chiricahuas, including our beloved Barfoot Lookout. In subsequent years, we experimented with a few alternate locations including Pinal Peak and Pueblo Park in the Blue Range. But a hike along the Crest Trail last summer convinced us that the Chirichuas had recovered enough that some locations might once again be suitable for camping. More
The Best Backpacking Trip Ever!
May 28-31, 2016
Up the creek to the town of Mogollon, with a side of Snow Lake and the CatwalkMore
The Road Less Traveled
May 6-14, 2016
2000 miles from Tucson to Denver and back, nearly all of it on secondary roads, through some of the most stunning landscapes anywhere in the Southwest!More