Organ Pipe National Monument: Puerto Blanco Drive, Dripping Springs and Pozo Nuevo Road

January 16-18, 2016

We try to make at least one trip every winter to Organ Pipe National Monument. We had to squeeze this one in, but we managed a thrilling three-day adventure including some parts of the park we had never visited.

With our luxurious new camping rig, we were quite content to boondock both nights, and we chose a spot just outside the park with an appropriately challenging approach and magnificent views in all directions.

Locomotive Rock Panorama

Anza Borrego

December 21-28, 2015

For our first major trip with Taco Grande, we chose Anza Borrego Desert State Park, an easy day's drive from Tucson and far enough south to have reasonable weather during the last week in December.

Six short videos (under two minutes, I promise!) and some, uh, long-winded commentary:


Cooke's Peak and the Florida Mountains

November 26-29, 2015

When our annual Thanksgiving at Turkey Creek backpacking trip got washed out, we made the best of it by exploring the backcountry near Deming, New Mexico, hiking parts of Cooke's Peak and the Florida Mountains inside a dense cloud by day, and camping at City of Rocks State Park and Faywood Hot Springs.

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Taco Grande: Heading East in a Covered Wagon

November 10-15, 2015

We went west, topless, and came home in a "covered wagon". Along the way we got an eyeful — not only of California's scenic beauty, but also the scope of the damage caused by its disastrous water policy.

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Second Annual Halloween/Birthday Bash in a Wet Canyon in Eastern Arizona

October 30-November 1, 2015

Despite a rainy forecast, a hardy crew turned out to celebrate Halloween and an important birthday with a three-day backpacking trip to a wet canyon in eastern Arizona.

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Pueblo Creek

October 9-11, 2015

Once again we were washed out of a planned trip to a flood-prone slot canyon, so our fallback was Pueblo Creek, which drains a much smaller region. It rained all day and all night, and the only thing that kept us from hibernating in our tents was a "white man's fire"!

It is disturbing to see how the canyon has been resculpted in just the last two years. Enormous boulder fields have largely replaced the the previous well-marked streamside trail. We can't blame it on fires, since this area hasn't — so far — fallen victim to the catastrophic fires that have razed much of the Mogollon and White Mountains.

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