Thanksgiving in Chiricahua National Monument

November 23-25, 2017

We've hiked these same trails so many times, but our backyard national monument never fails to dazzle.

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Anza Borrego

November 8-12, 2017

Despite its location in southern California less than 100 miles from the coast, Anza Borrego remains one of the West's last best wild places.

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Turkey Creek

October 19-22, 2017

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Finding Fall in the High Chiricahuas

October 13-15, 2017

There are still pockets of senseless beauty in the high Chiricahuas. You just have to look (not always very far).

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Chasing the Totality

August 11-29, 2017

It was over a year ago when we began planning a trip to observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States in 26 years. Those plans shifted quite a bit over time, and eventually it was me and Dennis on a three-week trip that would include camping with friends in southeastern Wyoming, attending the Wilderness Symposium in Park City, Utah, and countless adventures along the way.

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Monsoon 2017

The monsoon arrived late this year, preceded by record-breaking heat. Between June 19th and June 25th, Tucson International Airport registered 7 straight days with a high temperature of at least 109°. Then finally the evening of July 10, a drenching rainstorm blew into town. Over the next few weeks, we enjoyed almost daily gully-washers, some producing more than 1½ inches of rain in a single storm. According to the National Weather Service, Tucson received 6.80 inches of rainfall during the month of July, making it the wettest July on record.

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East Clear Creek

July 12-15, 2017

This summer we've been wandering the back roads north of the rim in search of access to the many perennial creeks that water the region. With David and Rogil, we checked out some 4WD roads upstream from Blue Ridge Reservoir, and spend three glorious days hiking, swimming and relaxying by the creek.

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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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