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Life on the Edge

The Mogollon Rim and the Grand Canyon

As the terrible awful summer of 2020 wears on, we are spending as much time as possible far from Tucson. After a few days along the Rim with our ham radio camping buddy, we wandered north to Sunset Crater and the Grand Canyon.

Sinking Ship formation

General George Crook National Recreational Trail

A Walk Back in Time

The trail follows parts of a military road blazed in the 1870s from Fort Apache, near Whiteriver on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, to Fort Whipple in Prescott. It became one of the first major roads in Arizona, and for decades served as a supply and communications route.

General Crook Trail

The White Mountains and the Mogollon Rim

August 6 to August 19, 2020

In the summer of 2020, Arizona was hit by a triple whammy: a deadly pandemic, catastrophic wildfires and a near-total failure of the monsoon coupled with sustained record-breaking heat. We stayed home just long enough to clean up, fix up and restock and then headed north once again, with no particular destination in mind.

East Baldy

The Far Side of the San Franciscos

July 10 - 23, 2020

A few days before our long-planned trip to the Pecos Wilderness, we learned that New Mexico was requiring a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors. On a whim, we redirected to the back side of the San Francisco Mountains, and found not only relief from the heat, but far more possibilities camping and hiking options than we ever imagined.

Humphreys Peak

Ham Radio Field Day: Mogollon Rim

June 25 - July 1, 2020

By mid-June, the Bighorn fire had morphed into a monster of over 100,000 acres, and seemed hell-bent on consuming the entire Santa Catalina range. We decided to go ahead with our plans to head up to the Mogollon Rim for Ham Radio Field Day, if for no other reason than to get out of the smoke.

view from the rim

First Big Trip With the Big Rig

June 8-18, 2020

With careful planning, we might still be able to realize our dream of spending most of the summer on the road far from the heat of Tucson. And while the cats are not exactly thrilled with our travel plans, they are learning to adjust.

El Malpais

Las Cienegas and Empire Ranch

May 20-22, 2020

A couple of days of unseasonably cool weather provided a great opportunity to take a short trip with the new rig to a place we'd originally planned to visit in March.

Haigler the Hard Way

May 13-15, 2020

Several streams plunge from the lip of the Mogollon Rim to the floor of the desert — the Verde, East and West Clear Creek, Horton Creek, Fossil Creek — but Haigler Creek first wanders tantalizingly west through the Tonto National Forest before joining with Tonto Creek in the Hellsgate Wilderness. This is a lightly populated area with very limited access.

desert stream

Crystal Spring

May 13-15, 2020

Triple-digit heat is upon us — all the way up to 106° F on Wedesday! With all the campgrounds on Mount Lemmon closed, how to cool off at high elevation without driving for hours?

claret cup cactus

Mogollon Rim

April 29 - May 1, 2020

A forecast of days of +100-degree temperatures sent us fleeing north to higher ground, using the camper to scout possible RV spots along the Mogollon Rim.

coati

High Creek

April 22-24, 2020

We're finding out that there are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors and still keep plenty of space between us and the hoards of people flocking to popular hiking and camping areas during the nationwide quarantine.

Galiuro view

Buehman Canyon

April 17, 2020

So what's the deal with Buehman Canyon? In 2018, the Pima County Board of Supervisors purchased 3200 acres of land around the canyon $1.5 million. However, so far as we can tell, the public has zero access to these public lands.

canyon view

Catalina State Park - Cargodera Canyon

March 14, 2020

We continue to discover the hidden wonders of Catalina State Park. The park is much larger than we realized, and with the help of a good digital mapping program, we have discovered that there are many many more trails besides the famous and hopelessly overpopulated route to Romero Pools.

desert wildflowers

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

March 4-5, 2020

While we were searching for a camping spot close to town for our first out-of-driveway with the new rig, and we learned that Colossal Cave Mountain Park has a couple of spots for RVs.

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