Over 200 million years ago, during the Late Triassic Epoch, the land that now forms Arizona was on the supercontinent Pangea near the equator, in a tropical climate. Huge conifers towered over a low-lying land cut by rivers and streams. As the trees died and fell, many were carried downstream by the rivers, rolling and Read More →

As you may have noticed, the blog posts are about a month behind in the telling of our adventures. I am interrupting the chronology of the story to bring you visions of spring on the Vernal Equinox. I know many of you have had cold and wet winters, but spring is coming! We found it Read More →

My mother generously gifted us three nights in a timeshare condo where she owns shares. Given our last-minute planning timeline on this trip, our booking options were limited and we ended up in Pinetop, Arizona; a bit east of where we had intended to travel, but a very fortuitous detour. The condo resort is located Read More →

Biosphere 2, located in Oracle, Arizona near Tucson, was built in the late 1980’s as a closed and self-sustaining facility developed as a space-colonization technology. I had heard and read a little about the facility over the past few years, just enough to pique my curiosity of this self-contained world, but I knew very little Read More →

At the top of Wasson Peak in Saguaro National Park we met two local women also out for a hike. I asked them if they could identify the various mountains in the distance, and the more knowledgeable of the pair obliged by pointing out Santa Catalina Mountains, the Rincon Mountains, and the Santa Rita Mountains. Additionally, they Read More →

I was surprised when the ranger at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center recommended the “Prison Camp” campground for our stay in the Coronado National Forest. Despite the unappealing name, we headed there because of its location on the trail we planned to hike. An interpretive sign at the campground explains why the campground is called Read More →

After thoroughly enjoying (and educating) ourselves at Saguaro National Park East for three days, it was time to move to Tucson’s west side to see the mountains over there. On the drive away from our Ironwood National Monument home, we came across a ground squirrel enclave. We also spotted a coyote on the side of Read More →

We left Oliver Lee Memorial State Park to drive west. On this drive we crossed both the continental divide and the state line, entering Arizona, and even into a different desert, leaving the Chihauhaun for the Sonoran. Arizona is a much-awaited destination on this trip; we have now entered seasonal snowbird territory, so we expect to meet Read More →