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.

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

March 4-5, 2020

Colossal Cave Mountain Park was one of our favorite local adventures, and we spent Christmas Eve there in 2009 and 2010. But in 2015, operation of the park was transferred to a large out-of-state company, and we were concerned that this simple, rustic and lovely park would lose its character.

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 now 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.

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Hidden Waterfall - Catalina State Park

February 14, 2020

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

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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.

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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.

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