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Blog: Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon
Driving to Sedona Monday, we weren't thinking about the devastating Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. But it made its presence known in a spectacular way...
Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog: Black Hawk Trail
With February's extra mild weather, birds we usually don't see until spring began to return to Arizona. In fact, I think the first robin showed up in my Prescott Valley backyard in January. So by Valentine's Day weekend, a trip to the Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery near Page Springs was in order.
Friday, February 28, 2014

Blog: Honanki Ruins
My family started the New Year with a visit to an ancient site: Honanki Heritage Site just south of Sedona, off Highway 89 - about 10 miles (or more) down a bumpy and sometimes rocky dirt road. There's no charge to see the ruins. Dogs are not allowed, though.
Friday, January 17, 2014

BLOG: Trail 9851 and 9851 B in West Sedona
This could be my shortest trail blog. Ever. Not the shortest trail, just the shortest blog.
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Blog: Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Iowa
If there's one thing that really makes me appreciate Arizona trails even more than I already do, it's Iowa trails. Not that the trails there aren't beautiful or well-maintained, because many are. It's the mosquitoes. Unless you drench yourself with repellant, you'd better be moving faster than an amble. Bike riding and even slow jogging can keep the critters at bay. But stop for a rest or to take a glug from your water bottle and you're toast. Itchy toast.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog: Chance to help wildlife
Back in March, Field & Stream magazine, along with the Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk and Arizona Antelope foundations, Arizona Game and Fish, and the U.S. Forest Service, sponsored a fence fixing project on Sycamore Mesa near Dugas to improve wildlife habitat and help save deer and pronghorn lives. Nearly 40 volunteers showed up and for some, it was a weekend event that camping and fellowship with other wildlife enthusiasts.

Another great opportunity to get outdoors and help enhance wildlife habitat takes place north of Flagstaff on Saturday, Aug. 17, with the Arizona Antelope Foundation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department again on board.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blog: Red Rock Trail Meeting July 25
The Red Rock Ranger District invites anyone interested in the future of the district's trail system to attend a meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Village of Oak Creek Hilton.

The meeting agenda will focus on the public's priorities for the future trail system and the Forest Service plan "sideboards" on new trails.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog: Forest Service closes Bull Pen for summer
Looking back on my blogs since 2007, I can't believe I haven't written about Bull Pen, an extremely popular swimming and fishing destination.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blog: Red Rock State Park trails
Red Rock State Park is a great place for an adventure encompassing both riparian areas and desert. The 286-acre day use park just outside Sedona offers daily and weekly outdoor activities, as well as special events. I once experienced an incredibly full day of guided activities, starting with a 7 a.m. bird walk and ending with a moonlight hike.

The guides take the park's three main functions of preservation, education and recreation seriously, and share their knowledge of plants and wildlife, history, archeology, geology and more.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Blog: Hot Loop Trail in Munds Mountain Wilderness
Our original plan for Sunday, May 19, was to hike Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff, after Myron's tennis match. But wind and the thought of too cool temps at high altitudes made us change that plan. So, we headed south a few miles for the much warmer Village of Oak Creek, where we had a tasty lunch at Tara Thai, and I changed from jeans to shorts. We drove out Jacks Canyon Road and found a parking lot and trailheads for Jacks Canyon (#55) and Hot Loop (#94) trails that go into the Munds Mountain Wilderness of the Coconino National Forest.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Blog: Hikers get lost on social trails
OHV users aren't the only outdoor enthusiasts who cause trail damage.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Blog: Chiricahua Crest Trail 270 and Horseshoe 2 Fire
Visiting relatives in Tucson over Easter weekend, we decided to check out the Chiricahua Mountains in Southeast Arizona to see what damage the Horseshoe 2 Fire caused nearly two years ago in the summer of 2011.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Blog: Guns or no: Are you 'packing' when backpacking?
In all fairness, if you're expecting an article on gun use, gun control, Second Amendment Rights, hunting, or my opinion on any of the above, you will be sorely disappointed. I'm simply curious as to how many hikers routinely carry a gun on their jaunts, excluding hunting trips.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blog: Drift Creek Wilderness Oregon
Fortunately when Myron and I visited our son and his girlfriend in Oregon the first week in February, we were prepared for gray, cold, wet weather.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog: Becoming an Outdoor Woman workshop
This one's for the gals. The Arizona Wildlife Federation offers the annual 3-day workshop on "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" from Jan. 25-27, at Saguaro Lake Ranch.
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blog: World didn't end, but stay away from Sedona today
Well, all heads up hikers knew the world really wasn't going to end today, as per the end of the 5,000-plus-year-old Mayan calendar.
Friday, December 21, 2012

Blog: Arizona information on Pronghorns and AZGFD access map
Arizona Game & Fish Department recently launched a web-based mapping tool, "Recreational Access Arizona," providing important information about access to and through private lands. This can be helpful to any outdoor recreationist, and especially hunters and anglers who need to be aware of private land when they're using land-locked public sections.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blog & photo gallery: Fall color on West Fork Trail No. 108 near Sedona
A drive up Highway 89 north of Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon is spectacular any time of year.
Friday, November 2, 2012

Blog: Fall color on the Mogollon Rim's General Crook Trail
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took a drive to the Mogollon Rim for a two-picnic day among the fall color. The aspen and maple leaves were just starting to change in our favorite spot.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog: Trailhead burglar behind bars, Trail Spree and black-footed ferrets
Area trail-users can breathe a little easier now, and not because of the air quality - our air is very clean up here - but because a trailhead burglar now sits in the Camp Verde jail.
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog: Mine Tour Forest Road 9270N near Poland Junction
I'm too lazy to move tons of rock to mine gold, but not too lazy to boulder-hop straight up a mountain through prickly scrub and cactus in the blazing sun to explore a played-out mine. Actually explore isn't quite the word, as I merely followed in experienced guide Kevin Leonard's footsteps. Abandoned mines are too dangerous to mess around with, if you don't know what you're doing. It was the first mine I'd entered in 26 years living in Arizona.
Friday, August 10, 2012

Blog: June 9 is National Get Outdoors Day
June 9 is National Get Outdoors Day. The purpose is to reach first-time visitors to public lands and reconnect our youth to the great outdoors. Some sites offer free admission and special activities.
Friday, June 8, 2012

Blog: National Trails Day
National Trails Day,® a celebration of trails, is June 2. In 1987, Ronald Reagan's President's Commission on Americans Outdoors report recommended Trails for All Americans - that all Americans have access to trails within 15 minutes of their homes.
Friday, June 1, 2012

Blog: Bicyclists sometime are stupid on trails, too
Just so you know, trail stupidity isn't limited to hikers.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog: Hiking a Caribbean beach
I just can't restrain myself anymore. I have to talk about "hiking" in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, beside the beautiful Caribbean.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blog: Pueblo La Plata Trail 9023 on the Agua Fria Monument
On St. Patrick's Day, I was fortunate to go along on an American Legion Post #122-sponsored trip to Pueblo La Plata ruin in the Agua Fria Monument.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog: Boynton Canyon Trail No. 47 near Sedona
One of many, many scenic trails around Sedona is Boynton Canyon Trail #47 in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness of the Coconino National Forest.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blog: Trail of Time at Grand Canyon National Park
It's bizarre when your kids come to Arizona to see snow, especially when they live in Iowa and Oregon. We thought we'd get some new hikes in when the kids were home for Christmas, but snow and cold kept us from going too far. We did walk around the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park for three hours, after a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway out of Williams.

We never get tired of the Grand Canyon, and this time we checked out the Trail of Time.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Blog: Year ends in tragedy on local hiking scene
My final blog of 2011 is not good news. Sedona's second hiking-related fatality of the year happened just four days ago when a 21-year-old New York man fell 150 feet from a ledge where he had been stranded near Castle Rock.
Saturday, December 31, 2011

Blog: Little Yeager Trail No. 533 below Mingus Mountain will get your heart pumping
Even though it was late on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16, my husband and I decided we had time to hike the Little Yeager Trail in the Prescott National Forest. We grabbed water bottles and the dogs and drove from Prescott Valley to the roadside parking area in about 20 minutes. At 3:30 p.m. we leashed up Duke and Jack and moved at a good clip up the fairly steep trail, quickly sending our blood coursing.
Friday, November 4, 2011

Blog: Autumn splendor on the Mogollon Rim
This weekend may be the last gasp for most of the fall color, but it's worth the drive to go in search of it.
Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog: Stupid Hikers (with dogs) Part III
Folks have asked for more synopses of emails I've saved from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office concerning people who have to be rescued by Search & Rescue teams.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog: Hiker trail awareness
The U.S. Forest Service promotes a smart saying: "Look up, look down, look around."
Friday, August 12, 2011

Blog: Call-of-Canyon, Trail No. 108: West Fork Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona
When our two kids were very small, the clear shallow water over broad expanses of flat rock made for ideal water play without worry.
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blog: Wallow Fire destroys Arizona treasures
The Blue Range was the only remaining primitive area in the United States. Now it's the black range.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blog: Verde Search and Rescue is Unit of Year
In Arizona, one of the busiest SAR teams is in the Verde Valley, where they frequently are called to the Sedona area to rescue tourists.
Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog: Stupid Hikers Part II
Because someone took exception to my calling people who get in trouble on the trail through their own negligence "stupid" and "idiots," the following reports of rescues from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office are prime examples of why I used those perfectly descriptive words. I'm going out of order, datewise, but felt these are apropos to my point and didn't want to save them any longer.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blog: Stupid hikers Part I
Top 12 excuses pseudo-hikers use when they've gotten in a jam and need be rescued.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blog: Sedona's Jordan and Cibola Pass Trail Loop: Urban But Not Suburban
The name of Sedona's North Urban Trail System might give hikers the wrong impression. This is no stroll on a city sidewalk.
Friday, April 8, 2011

Blog: Seven Mile Gulch Trail No. 9854 steep and challenging
Starting at more than a mile high, Seven Mile Gulch Trail gains nearly 1,200 feet in elevation over three miles.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blog: Pneumonia delays hiking
Isn't it funny how we take our mobility for granted? Not funny haha, but funny peculiar, as my mom used to say.

A simple stubbed toe can keep us hobbling around, never mind a wrenched ankle, broken leg or sprained back. For a confirmed hiker, any of these can force us to get our exercise in a most unpleasant way - through an exercise in frustration.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Blog: Sedona's Turkey Creek Trail No. 92 gives nature's lessons
Whether you ride a horse or go by shank's mare (on foot), Turkey Creek Trail No. 92 gives a great glimpse of Yavapai County's Red Rock Country.
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blog: Updated info on Trail No. 64 near Cherry
Good news about Trail No. 64. Former Yavapai County GIS dept. employee and now a volunteer, Nigel Reynolds, who also is president of the Yavapai Trails Association and the Historic Trails Committee, reports No. 64 is part of the General Crook trail and leads to the Old Stone Corral, which still has some five-foot-high walls. The corral, on a former road between Prescott and Camp Verde, dates to the 1860s. Residents of the ranch grew produce for the civilian and military people in Prescott/Fort Whipple, including hay for horses. By the corral, Ash Creek almost always has water, while elsewhere it often flows underground, Nigel says.
Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog: Trail No. 64 near Cherry is a mystery
This past weekend, Myron and I took Duke and Jack for another training mission, this time on Trail No. 64, just off Hwy.169 near Cherry. It's an official trail - marked with a U.S Forest Service signpost, but I can't find it listed on any of the USFS sites online. So far, phone calls to the Prescott and Verde offices haven't turned up any more information. (Still waiting to hear from one of the field guys.) I'm going to have to find my Prescott National Forest map, but it since it was published in 2000, the trail may not be on there.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blog: New canine hiking buddies provide double the fun
Overcrowded conditions at the Yavapai Humane Society and a desire to start training a dog while the weather was warm and before the kids came home for Christmas led my husband, Myron, and me to venture to the animal shelter on the first Saturday of December. It took us four hours to choose our new hiking buddy from the many sweet canines there. And even as we filled out adoption papers for one of two mixed-breed brothers, Myron said, "Let's get them both."

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Blog: Giving thanks for the Grand Canyon and Iron King Trail
Our son was home from Oregon and family came up from Tucson for Thanksgiving weekend, so hikers all, we waddled off in search of adventure Friday and Saturday after stuffing ourselves on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blog: Farewell to Hiking Buddy Mea
I tried to write this blog last month, but couldn't complete it. I think you'll understand when you read the first sentence: We lost one of the world's premier hiking buddies this past week. A buddy that was ready to hike anytime, anywhere, in any weather, for as far and as long as we wanted to go. A rapidly growing and inoperable tumor claimed the life of our Mea Dog, age 10.5.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog: On the Oregon Trail(s)
In a departure from desert hiking, my husband, Myron, and I enjoyed some rain forest trails when we visited our son in Oregon in June.
Friday, July 16, 2010

Blog: Iron King Trail is a favorite destination in Prescott Valley
I'm a regular visitor to Iron King Trail, a 4-mile Rails to Trails project in Prescott Valley. I've walked, jogged and biked the path, usually with my dog and sometimes all the way to the 4-plus-mile Peavine Trail in Prescott's Granite Dells. Lots of folks bike the whole connecting system for a good workout.
Friday, June 4, 2010

Blog: Jail Trail will captivate
For a peek into the Old West, hikers should try Cottonwood's Jail Trail, which starts at - the Old Jail.

Majestic and ancient, the town's namesake cottonwood trees shade the approximate one-mile path flanking the Verde River in the heart of Old Town Cottonwood.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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