Desert Mushroom Invasion

I never really thought I'd be writing about mushrooms living in Arizona.  But with all the rain we've had lately, they have quickly began popping up all over the desert.  And they (the "Desert Shaggy Mane") finally caught my attention....

All it Does is Rain in Phoenix!

I'll admit that isn't true, but the last few weeks it sure seems that way.  It's pouring again as I type this, but I did manage to get out before sunrise and spend a couple hours in the Desert at...

Glamour Ssssssssshots!

It doesn't happen as often as many think, but if you are a frequent hiker in Arizona, you will likely encounter a rattlesnake from time to time - even on the most public of trails.  And as I am often...

Summer Leaving Can be a Good Thing

A busy workweek (aren't they all?) left little time for wandering in the desert this week.  Summer has now officially left us, which, for many, is a good thing in Phoenix.  I don't necessarily agree, but I understand the desire...

Journey to Beaver Falls

The hike from Mooney Falls down to Beaver Falls may be the best part of hiking in Havasupi (including the every famous Havasu Falls). About three miles separate the two falls, but it takes longer than you would expect. The terrain varies...

Mooney Falls Comes with Risk

I was blessed to have a friend with an extra permit to stay at the Supai Village Lodge.  It was three days and a little less than forty miles of hiking (with a heavy pack, I might add).  There were...

Flagstaff: Stop and Sneeze in the Flowers

Sometimes you just have to pull to the side of the road and wander into a field of flowers.(or in this case, the Shell parking lot - Hey,  I did make a "courtesy purchase"!) Or in this case, goof around...

Monsoon Season: Going to Miss it!

As August is winding down, it is starting to look like the peak of the monsoon season is fading with it.  Most folks living outside the desert, don't realize we have one.  But the high heat and humidity (yes, it...