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Indian Spring of the Eagletails

Courthouse Rock at the Trailhead

Driving west of Phoenix can be a dreadfully boring endeavor. The desert is flat and hot, the highways are straight for miles, and there are few smatterings of interesting rocky formations in the distant haze. I've driven this way a few times on the way to Quartzite, where my grandparents live and…

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  • Posted April 23, 2020
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Quick Visit to Haunted Canyon

Approaching a full Pinto Creek

The day after the challenging and difficult, yet ultimately relaxing and recharging, solo adventure to Deadman Falls, my kids were driving me nuts. They had buckets of pent-up energy, nagging me while I clung to my coffee like a drowning man. Katie was fed up with them after a long Saturday alone so…

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  • Posted April 17, 2020
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Weekend at Wet Beaver

Gazing out over Montezuma's Well

Numerous creeks fight their way through the Mogollon Rim, draining south and west towards the desert lowlands of Phoenix. One of these, Wet Beaver Creek, is not only protected by a wilderness boundary, but it also once supported a thriving native population whose ruins you can still visit today. On…

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  • Posted April 8, 2020
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Loop at Willow Springs Canyon

Moody skies over the landmark spur

A full day and night of rain had left the sky gray, the air wet, and the desert damp. I waited a few hours to confirm that the precipitation was cleared before taking the kids out to Willow Canyon Trailhead for a hike in the Goldfield range. The parking lot had a half-dozen cars and a single RV,…

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  • Posted March 26, 2020
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Overnight at Byous Butte

Afternoon sun over Byous Butte

Driving up Hewitt Canyon Road with three anxious kids was an exercise in patience. First there was the traffic to deal with along the first few miles, the ORVs and timid explorers, who clogged up the trail with parked vehicles; then the bumpy travel over exposed rocks on the bottom of Hewitt Canyon…

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  • Posted March 19, 2020
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Quick Visit to Arnett Creek

Cold march on the Arnett Creek spur trail

Snaking along the base of Picketpost Mountain, Arnett Creek has dug out a little canyon that holds onto a semi-reliable trickle of water and lush riparian environment. The creek pulls from the southern end of Apache Leap, picking up leftover tributaries that Queen Creek missed, before itself meeting…

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  • Posted March 10, 2020
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Hassayampa River Preserve

A pleasant little creek flowing through a stand

It is a long drive to Quartzite. I was heading there, early one weekend morning, to visit some of our extended family, with all three kids and a thermos full of coffee. We decided to make the drive a little longer. Instead of the more direct route on I-10 we headed northwest on the 60 towards…

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  • Posted February 28, 2020
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Horns of Dilemma

Looking at the horns in the distance

Located in the eastern Goldfields, a few miles from where that range succumbs to the Salt River and Canyon Lake, the Horns of Dilemma are a scenic pair of spires perched on a ridge that are relatively easy to reach. Well, relatively easy, as they eluded us a year ago when I tried to visit them with…

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  • Posted February 24, 2020
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Magma Mine Wander

Breaking ice next to the Jeep

Every time a winter storm rolls through the mountains outside of Phoenix, I think about taking the kids out to experience what winter is really like. They loved the few snowy adventures we've had, trudging through the white stuff and making angels and stuffing frozen handfuls of water into their…

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  • Posted February 18, 2020
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Tonto Natural Bridge

Camp unpacked, getting ready for dinner

Near the end of September, when the school year had started for Noah and the Arizona temperatures were still unbearably hot, we decided to go for another camping trip in the higher elevations. As usual, it was just me and the kids, as Katie's work schedule has her busy on the weekends. I decided to…

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  • Posted December 14, 2019
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