Las CiƩnegas

I’ve been on parts of the Arizona Trail before in my many adventures around Arizona, but last weekend was the first time I completed an entire passage — Passage 7: Las CiĆ©negas, to be exact. Since I’m not going for a purist approach this time around, I did it by mountain bike.

Adventure #1: Wet & Wild Waterslides Canyon

This is Adventure #1 of my Top 10 Adventures Count Down When Mike and I go canyoneering, we almost always seek out new canyons. There are a few we’ve done 2 or 3 times, and we’ve done the Jug about 8 times, but usually it seems more adventurous to go into the unknown than to … Continue reading

Adventure #4: Climbing the Navel of the World

*This is Adventure #4 of my Top 10 Adventures Countdown* I’m not much interested in popular deities, but I’m a sucker for ancient mythologies. I loved studying Roman and especially Greek mythology in Mrs. Longhenry’s class in high school, I like the bizarre modern mythologies Neil Gaiman cobbles together in his novels (I get to … Continue reading

Adventure #5: Waterholes Canyon

*This is Adventure #5 of my Top 10 Adventures Countdown* I love thinking about how the slot canyons I regularly enter have been formed by millions of years of water flowing over and through rocks. The shapes and patterns and twists and turns that form are incredibly beautiful. In addition to being able to see … Continue reading

Adventure #6: Backyard Shenanigans

*This is Adventure #6 in my Top 10 Adventures (of the past year and a half) Countdown* Not every adventure takes me far from home. Some of my greatest adventures have come with home ownership. Mike and I have had our place in south Phoenix for 3.5 years now, though it doesn’t seem like that … Continue reading

Adventure #7: Narrow Places

*This is Adventure #7 in my Top 10 Adventures (of the past year and a half) Countdown* This is a long one, so make yourself comfortable or just skip to the pictures. Where’s the most remote place you’ve been? The place farthest from other people, farthest from a town, farthest from help (should you need … Continue reading

Adventure #8: “A Frame More Significant Than Its Picture”

*This is Adventure #8 of my Top 10 Adventures (of the past year and a half) Countdown* I ended my last post with a Nebraska slam because it is truly a horrible state to have to drive through. Truly. Luckily, not all the states between Phoenix and Iowa are as dull. In fact, some of … Continue reading

Adventure #10: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling . . .

Here’s the first installment of my Top 10 Adventures (of the past year and a half) countdown. I’m going to cheat a little bit on some of these, so consider yourself forewarned. #10 is actually multiple adventures packed into one category: bike ridin’! Those of you who know me know that I ride my bike … Continue reading

Blog? What blog?

Well, obviously my 2012 New Year’s resolution didn’t go well (not to mention 2013): four posts last year and none so far this year. However, all of that is about to change, my friends. In order to gear up for my next adventure (which I’ll tell you all about once it’s ready to roll out), … Continue reading

Return to the Jug

Mike and I rarely visit the same place twice. With so many things to see, why waste your time with something you’ve already seen? Unfortunately, this travel/adventure philosophy is why Spain and the Czech Republic are closer to the bottom of our travel list than I would like them to be (Mike has been both … Continue reading