Northern New Mexico

July 19-August 26, 2019

Since the monsoon wouldn't come to us, we went the monsoon.


Big Lake and Black River

July 3-7, 2019

While we wait for the monsoon, I am continuing to pursue my mental health preservation plan, this time with a few days near Big Lake, on the roof of Arizona.


Ham Radio Field Day in the Huachuca Mountains

June 20-23, 2019

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, but this year we decided to try a different location in the Huachuca Mountains. Dennis and I scouted the area a few weeks prior, and although it was lower than our usual location in the Chiricahua Mountains, it had a better radio horizon.

Ramsey Vista More

Crystal Spring

June 12, 2019

June is my worst month, and spending as much time as possible in the mountains is part of my pre-monsoon mental health preservation plan.

Crystal Spring More

Taking the Train to a Romantic Summer Wedding on Mount Hood

May 28-June 6, 2019

Three years ago we went to Portland to see Jamie and help her get settled in her new house. This time, we were there to attend her wedding and wish her well on her way to her new life in Seattle.

Jamie and Tulani More

Don Carlos Opening Reception

May 11, 2019

Somewhere in the vicinity of Duncan, Arizona is the estudio of Don Carlos, a reclusive artist who creates large environmental installations heavily influenced by the artistic and religious traditions of Latin America. We were delighted to be invited to photograph the opening reception of his latest exhibition at the Central School Project in Bisbee.

Don Carlos More

Tucson Kitchen Musicians Campout

May 3-5, 2019

We joined the Tucson Kitchen Musicians for their second annual campout at Calabasas Campground, a stone's throw from the Mexican border.

Blue Dasher More

Carr Canyon

April 25-26, 2019

We've spent very little time in the Huachuca Mountains, and I really don't know why. The first day of stinky hot weather in Tucson sent us off to check out a high elevation hideout.

Carr Peak Trail More

West End Aravaipa Canyon

April 15-17, 2019

Over the last 17 years, I've backpacked into Aravaipa Canyon more than 20 times, but this was truly the best trip ever, thanks to stellar company, perfect weather and the support of the group that allowed us to venture high into some spectacular side canyons.


Oracle State Park

April 13, 2019

A little more adventure than we bargained for mountain biking a loop trail north of Oracle State Park.

Oracle State Park More

The Remarkable Spring of 2019

March-April in Tucson, Arizona

After a remarkable winter so wet that Sabino Creek never stopped flowing, we experienced an epic spring wildflower season.

Phoneline in flowers


Thinking Outside: The Box

March 28, 2019

When an event took us to Clifton for the evening, we ended up camping at Owl Creek Campground in the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area. We woke up to a spectular display of wildflowers.

Owl Creek


Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

March 12-14, 2019

A work trip took us to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument just in time for the fantastic "super bloom" of 2019.



Chasing the Storm of the Century

February 23-25, 2019

All winter we've been watching for an opportunity to go cross-country skiing. But in Arizona, there's a very small window of opportunity between a big snowstorm and the return of bright sunshine and warm temperatures. Then in mid-February, forecasters began predicting the "storm of the century", with two to three of snow for Flagstaff, and the weather was expected to stay cold for several days after the storm.


Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

January 31-February 4, 2019

Kofa is an empty, bone-dry, oven-roasted, eerie place where travel is extremely challenging and difficult. Can't wait to go back!

Kofa NWR More

Super Wolf Blood Moon

January 20, 2019

Our Pyramids

Agua Fria National Monument

January 11-13, 2019

North of Phoenix near the Sunset Point rest area is large flat mesa deeply gouged by the many arms of the Agua Fria River. Most passersby would see little of interest here — just a vast expanse of yellow grass spiked with a few low thorny bushes and a handful of prickly pear cacti. But this mesa is part of Agua Fria National Monument, a 71,000-acre preserve that includes some of the significant late prehistoric sites in the American Southwest.

Supernova Petroglpyh More