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!

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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.

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A Winter Wander Through Southwest New Mexico

December 28-30, 2018

The fall of 2018 was remarkable both for unusually cool temperature and higher than average rainfall. Freezing temperatures and a big rainstorm on December 27 capped the mountains with snow and dusted the valley floor, just as we were preparing for our usual between-the-holidays camping trip. At the last minute we opted instead to spend two nights at the Simpson Hotel in Duncan. We met our friends Ann H. and Dave T. from Silver City and spent a delightful evening in front of the firing plotting the next day's adventures. We decided to return to an area in southwestern New Mexico that we last visited in 2013.

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Fall Colors in Sabino Canyon

November 2018

Although it doesn't often appear on the website, I usually hike one of the less-traveled loops in Sabino Canyon once or twice a week — often with my bestie Susan K. With the all the rain we had this fall, the colors were magnificent (by Arizona standards) and the creek was still flowing at the end of November.

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Catalina State Park

November 2018

It started with a Mirasol camping trip to Catalina State Park. While researching enough trails to keep the teens busy for three days, we discovered that there's much more to Catalina State Park than we ever imagined.

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Thanksgiving 2018: The Dragoons, Bisbee and Whitewater Draw

March 25, 2018

The west side of the Dragoons is our traditional holiday hideout. This year we combined it with a tour of historic homes in Bisbee and camping at Whitewater Draw.


East End Aravaipa Canyon

October 30-November 1, 2018

Continuing the "week of birthday," just one day after our trek to Turkey Creek, we headed for Aravaipa Canyon.

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Return to Turkey Creek

October 25-28, 2018

We've made the hike into Turkey Creek six times, but I confess the trek of October, 2018, was a nail-biter.

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Montréal and Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

August 29 - September 17, 2018

For years my friend Susan and I have talked about taking a trip together. We both speak French — le français de la france for her and le français québecois for me —and we love the outdoors, albeit for slightly different activities. Susan enjoys charming country inns and fine dining, while I'm happy sleeping on the ground and cooking dinner over a campfire. Was there an adventure that might combine both our interests? Eventually I persuaded her to join me for something I never had the time or the money to do when I lived in Montréal: a cruise to Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine.


Rafting the Green River

July 31 - August 4, 2018

Our five day 44-mile float on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument was the trip of a lifetime, greatly enhanced by congenial fellow travelers and especially musical accompaniment by folk artist and Tucson treasure Eb Eberlein, who graciously allowed us to use "Slick Rock", one of the songs from his new CD, "Community and Solitude".


Exploring Rucker and Pinery Canyon in the Chiricahuas in Monsoon Season

July 13-15, 2017

Sometimes all your plans get rained out and you still have a grand adventure! I was getting a bit stir-crazy, with the monsoon long overdue and work keeping me inside much more than I liked. So with an ominous forecast, we still opted for a quick trip to the Chiricahuas aka "Monsoon Central". We chose Rucker Canyon, an area I last visited nearly 15 years ago. The morning skies were still leaden, so we reluctantly concluded that our planned hike into Rucker Canyon would have to wait for drier conditions. Scouting around for a rainy day alternative, we decided we would try to find Camp Rucker.

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Colorful, Quirky Clifton and the Coronado Trail

May-June, 2018

It's been a crazy couple of months! In April, Dennis and I were thrilled to be invited to film the Javelina Chase, an annual event that draws competitive and non-competitive cyclists to the small southeastern Arizona town of Duncan, Arizona.

Then a few weeks later we were recruited to build a website promoting Clifton, a former mining town in eastern Arizona that's making a comeback as a haven for artists and a destination for hikers, backpackers, birders, bikers and refugees from the heat of the valley. The website, cometoclifton.com, launched in late May, along with a companion Facebook page and both have been getting a lot of traction, especially since the Tucson Weekly featured Clifton in its cover story for June 28, 2018.

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Boquillas Ranch

March 25, 2018

I keep thinking we've seen all there is to see along the San Pedro River, but then I stumble on the history of Boquillas Ranch, and I begin to see how all the pieces fit together — the early exploration by the Spanish, massive land grants after Mexican independence in 1821, the Apache wars beginning in the 1840s through the 1870s, the peace treaty signed at Council Rocks in 1872 and the discovery of gold near Tombstone in 1871, followed by a flood of Anglo-American settlers into southern Arizona.

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Double R Canyon

March 16-18, 2018

On every trip to Jackson Cabin, I have looked longingly at those cinnamon-swirl hills north of Muleshoe Ranch and sworn we'd return to explore them. Finally, the planets aligned, we had a free weekend and the weather was perfect.

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