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It’s Warming Up… Everywhere

Summer is around the corner. It means triple degree temps are becoming the norm for us in the desert. That doesn't mean hiking less, but adjusting to being out earlier or later. I also make sure to have more water...

Messing with Sunsets

"Willy Wonka" Pose The weather is warming up in Phoenix. It's a great time for evening hikes on your favorite peak and and catch a sunset.

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...

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...

Early Morning in the Desert

It's 5 in the morning and I've already been up for an hour.   What's a guy to do?  You can try to go back to sleep or you can do what I do and take a short little hike on...