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.


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

Hidden Waterfall - Catalina State Park

February 14, 2020

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

hidden waterfall

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.

desert campfire

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

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".

heading home

In and Around Duncan, Arizona

December 16-19, 2019

A December trip to the Simpson Hotel in Duncan, Arizona, has become something of a holiday tradition for us.

Steeple Rock