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Hackberry Springs

Four Peaks rising up beyond First Water ranch

Thanksgiving Day is one of the few weekdays that I truly take off from work. Katie is busy with cooking and I like to spend the time with my boys doing things that we usually avoid on the weekends, like checking out popular hiking areas in the Supes. There was one destination in particular that I…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 16, 2016
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Tonto Road Trip

Picketpost Mountain in the early morning light

Noah and Thomas munched on their breakfast in their seats behind me, occasionally breaking out in short bursts of chatter between long periods of quiet eating. I drove the three of us eastward on US-60 under a predawn sky towards Globe. This was my weekend alone with the boys and we had ambitious…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted September 16, 2016
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Silly Mountain with the Boys

A slowly waking sky over Superstition Ridgeline

Hiking with the boys has, for the most part, been limited to short outings in San Tan or South Mountain. There are a number of loops in these parks that are less than five miles with wide, easy trails that are perfect for them to wander along. I've tried taking them to the Superstitions a few times…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 21, 2016
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Marcos de Niza Loop with the Boys

Noah trudging up National Trail

Several weeks had passed since the boys and I had gone out on a desert hike. I try to take them out on semi-regularly on a little loop in the San Tans near our house, an easy 1.3 miles that Noah is now running through and Thomas rides in the back carrier for the first half and wanders around the…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 8, 2016
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Taliesin Overlook of the McDowells

Chris and Mya leading on the trail

The drive up to Lost Dog Wash Trailhead is around an hour from my house - a bit on the long side when you have two impatient sons squirming in the back of the van. We survived the drive with minimal issues, though, and pulled into the parking lot just before Chris. Preparation took some time, as it…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 11, 2016
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Family Hike on the San Tan Stargazer Loop

Setting sun over a little hill

A few miles from our house in Gilbert is a little county park that I have barely explored. Well, maybe I misused the word 'little'. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is over 10,000 acres and offers miles and miles of trails. Until now the only loop I've really explored is the Goldmine/Dynamite, both…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 18, 2015
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The Arrival of Son 2: Thomas

Katie snuggling with newborn Thomas

On the morning of January 5, 2015, Thomas Neal Emerick was born, our second child. He arrived in a small hospital in Mesa, Arizona after a drawn-out pregnancy that was filled with anticipation and far too much stress. We had a few close encounters over the last few weeks, late-night visits that we…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 9, 2015
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