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A Snowy Hike in Beautiful Chiricahua National Monument

In southeastern Arizona, about a two hour drive away from Tucson you'll find the beautiful and somewhat isolated Chiricahua National Monument. Called a sky island - with mountains that rise to a height of 9,763 feet (2,978 m) above the surrounding plains, the area makes a great destination for hikers and birders. We were there in mid-December during a snow storm. So much for getting away from the cold of Calgary! However, it turned out…

Wide, Open Roads With Not Another Vehicle In Sight

Driving the Dempster Highway to the Tombstones, YK

The Dempster Highway is a 740 kilometre all weather dirt road that connects the Klondike Highway (the highway that connects Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territory) to Inuvik, located in the Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. The highway takes you across the Arctic Circle. As of November 15, 2017 you could add another 147 kilometres and drive the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway. I had the pleasure of driving the Dempster Highway when John…

An Easy Hike in Ramsey Canyon in Southern Arizona

Ramsey Canyon Preserve was our hiking destination one day while we were staying in Cochise County down in southern Arizona. Ramsey Canyon abuts the Huachuca Mountains, just south of the town of Sierra Vista - way down near the Mexican border. Ramsey Canyon has attracted people for centuries because it's beautiful - boasting high canyon walls, monster sized sycamore trees, diverse plant and animal life, including 12 types of hummingbirds, plus it's moister and cooler…

The Back Side Of Pinnacle Peak

Hiking Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona

Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona is the focal point in Pinnacle Peak Park. From afar the summit of the peak looks far more challenging than it does up close but you do need to be a rock climber to get to the top of it. Hikers must be content with a 3.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1300 feet. Hiking Pinnacle Peak on the trail can be done in 75…

The Apache Trail: Arizona’s Most Scenic Drive

My little rental car took me on an extraordinary drive along the Apache Trail in Arizona. And it was only by luck that I was there in the first place. Stunning Apache Lake This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. How I ended up riving the Apache Trail I had left…

A Day Hike in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains

Arizona's Superstition Mountains, located less than an hour's drive away from both Phoenix and Scottsdale are a great destination for a day hike. Plan to start in Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. Most of the trails in the park take you into the Superstition Wilderness and Tonto National Forest in short order. We had planned to hike the Siphon Draw Trail. Although it starts off on level ground via the Discovery Interpretative Trail…

A Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home – Taliesin West in Scottsdale

How much do you know about Frank Lloyd Wright? I certainly knew of him but if my life depended on it I wouldn't have been able to provide more than a handful of facts - that is until I did a tour of his winter home in Scottsdale, called Taliesin West. It's a remarkable home and the tour - even if you're not into architecture, is fascinating. Our guide - Skylar was truly outstanding -…

Hiking Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona

A few hours of hiking Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona is a great way to spend part of Christmas day as we recently found out. Normally I'm in the kitchen cooking on Christmas but this year things were different. We were meeting my father and step-mother at the atmospheric Lons in the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley for a 4 pm Christmas dinner. And we had nothing to do. There were no presents to open and…

5 Fun Things to do in Phoenix

Winter is prime time for trips to the Phoenix - Scottsdale area of Arizona. Families, couples, singles - everyone wants a dose of sunshine. And they all want to be doing interesting things. Fortunately there's no shortage of fun things to do in Phoenix or the surrounding area. My list of five fun things to do in Phoenix and the surrounding area should keep you busy for days. Of course there is also golf on…

Three Off-the-Beaten-Path Arizona Adventures Plus One More

Most first-time visitors to Arizona find adventure on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or explore the red rock country of Sedona. Fans of urban activities spend their time gallery hopping, playing golf on desert courses or hiking the city park trails in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tucson. But look what there is to experience in the Grand Canyon State if you’re willing to go off-the-beaten-path. Cliff dwellings and Navajo culture at Canyon de Chelly…

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