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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.

Grand Canyon Sunrise

I had a chance to visit the Grand Canyon for the sunrise this week.  It was early (we left Flagstaff before 5AM), it was cold (20 degrees F with a wind that just went through you), and it was worth...

Me, Me, Me (and a few hours in Sedona)!

I had a day off from work and I had to spend it with myself.  What is there to do when you live on the north side of Phoenix?  How about drive for about an hour and hang around Sedona...

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...