Fighting Fire with Fire

Fire fighters continue to battle the Fulton Fire that has been blazing in along the Mogollon Rim and Highway 260 Northeast of Payson, Arizona. Today smoke was heavy and roads were closed as they were setting back fires along Young Road south of Highway 260 in an effort to contain the fire.  As of today…

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,…

Taller than the Trees

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” –Henry David Thoreau

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.

Mesa Verde National Park

Yesterday evening made for a rough first day to our road trip. Somewhere around Kayenta, Arizona we had a tire blow out on our toy hauler. We had a spare tire, so no worries there, but when the tire blew it also shredded a large section of wiring that was strapped up under the wheel…

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…