Bridal Wreath Falls Loop

February 23, 2020

We've had wonderful winter rains this year! After a healthy storm on February 21-22, I was eager to see falling water.

Bridal Wreath Falls More

Hidden Waterfall - Catalina State Park

February 14, 2020

We continue to discover sensory delights on little-known trails of Catalina State Park.


Camping Buddies

February 7-8, 2020

Settling the estate of an old friend who passed away has kept us very busy for the last two months, with little time for travel or our favorite outdoor activities. To the rescue came friends Peggy and Charlie, who proposed a one-night campout on public land not far from Tucson.

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Rediscovering Pima Canyon

January 31, 2020

Has it really been 16 years since we hiked Pima Canyon?


Hiking and Hot Springs in Jacumba

January 1-4, 2020

An exploratory trip along the southern fringes of Anza Borrego.

Impossible Railroad More

Christmas in California

December 22-26, 2019

We usually flee into the hills for holidays, but this Christmas we had a chance to piggy-back on our chosen daughter's trip to Santa Monica and meet our first "granddaughter".

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In and Around Duncan, Arizona

Exploring one of the least known and astonishingly lovely corners of the Southwest

December 16-19, 2019

A December trip to the Simpson Hotel in Duncan, Arizona, has become something of a holiday tradition for us. A Winter stay at the Simpson is like all your best memories of holidays at your grandmother's house. You can feel the bitter cold skulking around the edges of the building, but inside you are warm and cozy, with a good book and a cat in your lap, listening to the creak of the wood floors and the hum of the gas fireplace\. And after a fabulous breakfast and many cups of coffee, we finally force ourselves to venture outside. Because it's not northern Minnesota after all. It's the Southwest. So of course it's going to be another gorgeous, sunny day to go outside and play.

Steeple Rock More

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