Javelina Chase

April 14, 2018

The Javelina Chase is an annual event that draws competitive and non-competitive cyclists to the small southeastern Arizona town of Duncan, AZ (population 800). Dennis and I were thrilled to be invited to film and photograph this year's races! The first of the videos is up, with a redesigned website coming soon!

The Javelina Chase includes not only the Ghost Mine Rumble, but also a bi-state road race and time trials as well as a criterium hosted across the border in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Here's our freshly-minted video of the road races. Thanks to Mimbres Film LLC for the Criterium photos.

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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Contention City

March 10, 2018

We loved the movie "3:10 to Yuma" (the 1957 original, not the remake). So when we were reminded that the movie was set in the ghost town of Contention City, we had to go have a look. Access is an eight-mile round trip hike from the ghost town of Fairbank, so we thought we'd reduce the difficulty by biking at least part of the way. It was my first time on a bike since the surgery. We managed to turn it into an epic adventure!

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Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate

February 25, 2018

Everyone knows there were presidios in Tubac and Tucson. But there was another presidio in southern Arizona, one that provides a much clearer picture of the harsh conditions at the extreme edges of the Spanish colonial empire.

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The Upper San Pedro

February 16-17, 2018

Having "discovered" the San Pedro a few weeks ago, now we can't seem to get enough of it!

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A Swing Through Southeastern Arizona

February 9-11, 2018

We were looking for an outdoor adventure with hiking I can do while still recovering from a broken hip, and found more a wealth of opportunities close to home in southeastern Arizona.

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Southern New Mexico and the Guadalupes

Our Winter Trip Took an Unexpected Turn

Each year, we try to use the week between Christmas and New Year's to explore some of the Southwest's less traveled natural areas. This year our target was Texas' Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the adjoining Guadalupe section of New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest. But a freak accident turned this trip into a much bigger adventure than we had planned.

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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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