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…

Hiking Little Granite Mountain Loop near Prescott, Arizona

It was a couple of years ago that I first found this beautiful hike in the Granite Basin Recreation Area. I had been struggling with some personal challenges, and been pretty depressed during that time. In order to stay upbeat and positive I was trying to get out and do as many things as I…

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.

A Tale of Two Portlands – Part 1 Portland, Maine

When you have to decide between Lobster or Salmon for your Anniversary dinner, which would you choose? Luckily I have an amazing husband who understands I have a hard time making up my mind sometimes and not only indulges, but sometimes instigates, some of my craziest whims. That’s how we ended up on this epic adventure of a Tale of Two Portlands. First stop, Portland, Maine. Come along with us as we explore this beautiful town!

11 Things to Take With You When Flying Standby

As I write this, we have just taken off on what promises to be an epic adventure to discover two cities on opposite ends of the country that both bear the same name… A Tale of Two Portland’s. The adventure started from our home with Ryan’s alarm going off at 4:20am this morning. Or maybe…

6 Ways to Help Keep Your Dogs Cool This Summer

Here in Arizona the heat becomes totally unbearable in the summer time. With temperatures above 110 degrees, we try to find any way we can to stay out of the heat and keep cool. But what about our little buddies, our dogs. They need to cool off too. Here are 6 easy ways to help…