Exploring Colossal Cave in Vail, Arizona

On our excursion to Southern Arizona wine country earlier this year, we did a little sight seeing outside of the wineries. In other words, we wanted to give our livers a break and get a little exercise. We had talked about visiting one of the caves in the area, and since we had been to Kartchner Caverns before,…

Hiking Lake Overlook Trail in Fountain Hills, AZ

Lake Overlook Trail – Short, easy urban hike in Fountain Hills, AZ

Hiking Horton Creek Trail near Payson, Arizona

Horton Creek Trail is a fairly easy 3.5 mile out and back hike. It has a slight uphill grade, a pretty little creek and lots of shade along the way. The creek is fairly shallow with small pools and lots of pretty little waterfalls, and culminates at Horton Spring which bubbles cool clear water from the hillside. You’ll see wild strawberries, blackberries and grapes growing along the creek, but watch out for poison ivy.

Wine tasting at AZ Hops & Vines

We recently took a trip to the Sonoita-Elgin area in Southern Arizona for winetasting and sightseeing. Since we got back home, lots people have been asking about our trip and the wineries, so we wanted to share some of favorites with you here. AZ Hops & Vines was one of our absolute favorites.  Their sign says they are…

Flashback Friday – Sliding through Salome Jug

Salome Jug is a slot canyon located near Roosevelt Lake in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. It is fairly easily accessible from Highway 188 on A Cross road, but a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle is recommended. It’s a short, fairly easy hike to the creek bed, only about a mile and half, but the canyon…

Road Trip Southern Arizona Wine Country

This is one happy dog. Headed out for a road trip to enjoy Southern Arizona wine country. Getting ready to go is always exciting for Achilles and Daisy. They know once we start packing up the RV (aka Bigfoot) they are going on their next great adventure. And in case you haven’t noticed yet, we…

Hiking Butcher Jones Trail, Saguaro Lake Arizona

Yesterday we hiked the Butcher Jones Trail at Saguaro Lake. The trailhead starts at the Butcher Jones recreation area. Its approximately 3.5 miles out and back, skirting the lake from the beach at Butcher Jones to Burro Cove. There is access to swimming and fishing areas along the shore from the trail. The trail is…

Cooling off with an afternoon paddle on Saguaro Lake

Andrew and I decided to head out to Saguaro lake yesterday afternoon to cool off with a relaxing paddle around the lake in our kayaks. We started at the Butcher Jones beach area where we were welcomed by a group of Salt River wild horses enjoying the shade of the picnic area. Being a weekday…