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
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
Grand Canyon, Arizona.
This week, we trek to the Grand Canyon. Our virtual hike is led by Mitch Stevens, a Sierra Club hiking leader, writer and photographer. Mitch has graciously accepted an invitation to write a guest post on one of his hiking and backpacking outings. During my own visits to the Grand Canyon, I play the tourist and stay at the top, capturing views of the magnificent beauty of the canyon. I know that I no longer have the stamina to hike down into the canyon… well, maybe the “down” is OK, it’s the “up” I fear most. These days, for me, the term “roughing it” means there is no refrigerator in the hotel room. So come along with me as Mitch guides us virtually into the canyon for a week-long visit. Continue reading
Only a few miles southwest of the Denver metro’s large population center, Roxborough State Park is a great place to visit any time of year. On our way south to Arizona, I accepted the invitation of a Facebook friend and fellow Nikon photographer, Fred Mast, to visit and to share a couple of his favorite photogenic places. The photo above highlights the warm tones of autumn in the grasses and the red rocks and the always verdant evergreens.
This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to consider our own path. “Consider the journey you’ve taken… it can also be a glimpse into your interests and passions…” You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading
Arvilla, North Dakota.
About 20 miles east of Grand Forks, North Dakota on Highway 2, a pleasant side trip will find you at North Dakota’s Turtle River State Park. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, the park attracts visitors all the year around. The river is stocked with trout and anyone of the child persuasion can even borrow fishing gear from the park office to try their hand at catching a rainbow, no license required. Continue reading
Cave Creek, Arizona.
It’s October and the North Dakota chill is starting to set in. Visions of desert views and warm breezes are dancing in my head. For this week’s Cellpic Sunday, I looked through my cellpic image collection and discovered a collection of images captured in March on one of the trails in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. You can read more about the conservation area in a post from 2015 here. Continue reading