Ham Radio Field Day (Sort Of)

June 22-25, 2017

Every year on the fourth weekend in June, ham radio operators nationwide participate in a "Field Day" to demonstrate their ability to send messages without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. Dennis and I typically celebrate by camping in the Chiricahuas. Invariably, we get caught in a thunderstorm, since the first of the monsoon storms always arrives in Arizona via the Chiricahua Mountains. Over time, we've come to believe that it's our job to meet the monsoon in the Chiricahuas and coax it back to Tucson.

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Blue Ridge Reservoir

June 11-13, 2017

With a Sunday departure and dodging a half-dozen wildfires, we managed to find some pockets of peace and quiet at this very popular northern Arizona destination.

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A Few Days Along the Upper Gila

June 2-4, 2017

With temperatures are already in the triple digits every day here in Tucson, it was time to escape to running water and a cool green forest.

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Bicycling the West Coast of Newfoundland

July, 1991

In the summer of 1991, I organized a bicycle tour of the west coast of Newfoundland. This trip was months in the planning, and based on a careful analysis of the terrain and the prevailing winds. We took six days to pedal from Rocky Harbour to St. Anthony, propelled by a strong and steady wind from the southwest.

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Parc Jacques Cartier and the Côte-Nord

Two more tales from my journals of grand adventures in Québec — a cross-country ski trip in Parc Jacques Cartier and bicycling the Côte-Nord — that explain why 1) I don't leave anyone behind and 2) I am slower than molasses.

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Chasing Waterfalls

May 9, 2017

I can't begin to say how much I love the Chiricahuas. We keep discovering fresh wonders in this vast, wild, beautiful, extreme place!

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Grand Canyon Memorial

April 20-25, 2017

We remembered Dennis' father by repeating a family train trip to the Grand Canyon we took with him three years ago.

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Easter Sunday at Madera Canyon

April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday in Madera Canyon! The air was filled with sweet/sad Mexican folk songs and the scent of roasting cabrita. We stopped briefly at the Gift Shop, where an elegant trogon — my first — appeared out of nowhere, and vanished just as suddenly. Since every legal parking spot was taken, we opted to explore a delightful area nearby, where we were entertained by sex-crazed Arizona toads at a hidden waterfall.

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