A Mountainside Bursting with Gold – Flagstaff’s Inner Basin Trail

Contrary to popular belief, Arizona is not just a dusty desert filled with cactus and tumbleweeds. While that is something you will find a lot of in Arizona, there is much more to the landscape of this great state. Among the landscape of Arizona you will also find canyons, rivers, lakes, forests, grass lands and…

Hiking in the Rain

Getting wet and muddy at Horton Creek today

Happy First Day of Spring

It’s March 20, 2017 and today is the first official day of spring. I know it seems like spring just bypassed us here under the heat of the Arizona desert sun, but if you look closely you will see the striking beauty of the desert heading into full bloom. Wild flowers are springing up along…

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 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…