Not Everyone's Idea of a "Florida Vacation"

Kilbourne Hole, West Potrillo WSA and Florida Mountains WSA

November 29-December 4, 2019

Those long winter holiday weekends present a special challenge because most of the places we'd like to hike and camp are sleeping under a blanket of snow. We're always looking for new places to explore close to the southern US border. Still, for years we overlooked the Florida Mountains of southern New Mexico. The Floridas are a small range — only about 12 miles long — but with jagged peaks soaring to nearly 7300', and opportunities aplenty for wilderness exploration.

Stone Cabin More

Annual Backpack to Turkey Creek Hot Springs in the Gila Wilderness

September 24-27, 2019


Workman Creek, Reynolds Creek, Hells Hole and SAWUURA

September 7-10, 2019

It's been at least 15 years since I spent any time in the Sierra Ancha Mountains. When a friend invited us to spend some time at a camp operated by SAWUURA (Sierra Ancha Wilderness Unitarian Universalist Religious Association), we decided it was time to check out some of the trails in the area.

Reynolds Creek More

Annual Mirasol Camping Trip to the Gila Wilderness

September 17-19, 2019

It was just our annual Mirasol camping trip to the Gila Wilderness, but the world's first wilderness area never disappoints! Water was high and the forest was awash in summer wildflowers.

Gila Cliff Dwellings More

Getting to the Points

Remote Grand Canyon North Rim Vistas

September 5-10, 2019

We've spent just enough time on the north rim of the Grand Canyon to be very curious about what other delights might await us on the South Rim's less popular but equally spectacular twin. It's a LONG drive: eight hours from Tucson according to Google Maps, but longer than that if you're driving an overloaded camper, poking along on secondary roads and stopping often for coffee or sightseeing. We broke the trip up by stretching it out over two days and researched options for appealing high-elevation camping along the way.

Crazy Jug Point More

Floating the Salt River

August 28, 2019

What can turn a 110-degree day from Hell into pure Heaven? Floating the Salt River with friends!

Leaky Floatie More

Southern Chiricahuas

August 25-26, 2019

Southeastern Arizona got four inches of rain a few days ago. We thought we'd finally get to hike Rucker Canyon when the creek was flowing.


Concert Without Borders

August 24, 2019

"Concert Without Borders" is an annual collaboration of musicians, singers and artists from the United States and Mexico.


Northern New Mexico

July 19-July 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