Exploring Sedona: Red Rocks & Mysticism

I have never seen a sky so incredibly deep-blue. Nature & Hiking Just south of Flagstaff, Arizona, in the desert southwest of the United States, lies the town of Sedona. Known for its natural beauty and gorgeous red rock formations, this area is stunning. If you've never been to this part of the US, it …

Julian Hard Cider: The Taste That Bites Back

  This post is Part 4 in a series: Part 1: Anza-Borrego Visitor Center Part 2: Anza-Borrego: The Slot Part 3: Anza-Borrego: Mine Wash   Returning from our desert wildflower hunt, we decided, somewhat spontaneously, to stop for some hard cider. Carrie had heard about a tasting room in the area called Julian Hard Cider. …

Earth: Interpreted

When I think about celebrating Earth Day, I think of nature... that precious balance of plants, animals, soil, water and air that provide the perfect terrestrial home for all living things. In celebration of Mother Earth and all that she provides, I submit my photo. I took this image while hiking at Multnomah Falls off …

Anza-Borrego: Mine Wash

  This post is Part 3 in a series Part 1: Anza-Borrego Visitor Center Part 2: Anza-Borrego: The Slot Having stopped at the visitor center to gather the latest wildflower information and get our bearings, and having hiked The Slot, we were eager to accomplish the original goal of our day trip to the desert: …

Anza-Borrego: The Slot

This post is the second in a series. The first highlighted the Anza-Borrego Desert Visitor Center. How did we ever manage before Google Maps? The turnoff road from the highway was only a 20-minute drive from the visitor center, but without Google Maps, we definitely would have driven right past it. There was no sign, …

Anza-Borrego: Sun & sand… but not what you’re thinking

Seeking a brief day trip, last weekend we headed to Anza-Borrego Desert state park. I was in need of some shutter time with my Canon EOS Rebel and the desert bloom was just the ticket. Flowering plants typically bloom annually in the spring here, but every 10 to 20 years comes a “super bloom”... an …