Red Knolls and Bonita Creek

March 3-5, 2017

Off the beaten path in eastern Arizona, searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola and settling for a remote and wild river.



2001 - 2017

Sixteen years ago, a feral kitten with Charlie Chaplin markings showed up at my house, and stayed to teach me everything I know about living in the desert.


Supersitions with Water!

Charlebois Loop,February 4-5, 2017

This loop kicked our butts 12 years ago — Just long enough to forget how hard it was. Besides our age, a big difference was that generous winter rains meant there was water everywhere, with many stream crossings, pools and, yes, the first swim of the year!


Yosemite in Winter

January 20-25, 2017

I can't believe it's been six years since I went cross-country skiing! When Josh and Carole mentioned a winter trip to Yosemite, we leapt at the chance!


Winter Wanderland

South Central New Mexico, December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2017

On a cross-country road trip with my friend Susan and a moving van, we passed through the town of Carrizozo, an old railroad town at the tip of the towering Sacramento Mountains. The late afternoon light cast enchanting shadows on the slopes of the mountain. Nearby, I learned, was a fairly recent lava flow 40 miles long, as well as the reknowned Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site. I vowed to return for further exploration.





Deep in the Dragoons

November, 2016

We have spent most weekends in November in Arizona's Dragoon Mountains. I'm not sure we're not living there part-time!


Lost and Found at Turkey Creek

October 28-31, 2016

We lost the trail, John's eye patch and camera, Fu Wen's shoe, and Beth's keys. But we eventually found everything, and ourselves, in one of the true beauty spots of the Southwest.