Spur Cross Ranch – Archeology Hike

Cave Creek, Arizona.

I was introduced to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in late 2012. I have seen the former dude ranch become a part of the Maricopa County Parks System as the 2154 acres of Sonoran Desert joined the other parks in the Regional Parks System. The park has an interesting history, the dude ranch site was eventually all but stripped of the buildings and the park is returning to the natural desert from which it came. The view above is from the Spur Cross Trail and is a shot of appropriately named Elephant Mountain. Continue reading

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Cellpic Sunday – 1 April 2018

Peoria, Arizona.

A few weeks ago, we visited a new (to us) location to hike. The Sunset Mountain Trail in Peoria winds its way around a mountain preserve in the confines of the city. The trail is only about 4 miles (6.4 km) long, but it presents natural views and some interesting glimpses of the city that surrounds the mountain. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 22 October 2017

Buckeye, Arizona.

The desert is calling and it’s not a wrong number! Lynn and I are getting ready to head south. We’ve already processed our mail forwarding order and are setting up appointments for things that need to be done the first week we are back in Arizona. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 24 September 2017

Lake Pleasant, Arizona.

On this first week of Autumn in North Dakota, it’s been nice weather, so far. However, thoughts of our Arizona winters are creeping into consciousness and those desert hikes are calling. I even have a new camera, a mirrorless Sony with a very small footprint and weight factor. It will replace the much larger and heavier Nikon on our hikes. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – World Photo Day

Spur Cross Ranch, Arizona.

I am writing this on Saturday, which happens to be World Photo Day. As a result, the cellular picture captured above is less about the story behind the photo and more about the technology that created the photo. In 2009, Korske Ara, an Australian photographer with a passion for his craft and a desire to use that craft to inspire positive change started an annual celebration of the technology. From simple beginnings, an audience of 500 million have committed to share their stories. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 2 April 2017

Buckeye, Arizona.

On March 18, I led my last hike of the season for the Hiking Club of Verrado, a group of neighbors who enjoy hiking. My involvement with hiking when we elected to winter in Arizona came about when the folks at Arizona Tourism came up with the idea of hiking 100 miles in honor of Arizona’s centennial in 2012. We joined the gym at Verrado, one of the many community developments in the city and one of the trainers took up the hiking challenge as part of a regular exercise routine. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 19 March 2017

Waddell, Arizona.

This spring, the desert is blooming much more fully than I’ve seen it in previous years. Only one other year came close, 2013, and it wasn’t quite as prolific for wildflowers as this year. Since moving to Arizona, one of our favorite pastimes is hiking in the nearby mountains. On Thursday this week, I led a hike along the Mesquite Canyon Trail in the White Tanks Mountain Regional Park. Continue reading