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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...

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...

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...

Back to the South Rim (Grand Canyon)

As we prepared for the Rim to Rim Hike the next morning, we spent that evening taking in the sights the South Rim has to offer. I've been blessed to go there numerous times now, but this was the first...