In an attempt to cut the drive to the Grand Canyon in half, we headed toward Coconino National Forest. Along the way, we saw the exit for Walnut Canyon and decided to take a quick side trip. Walnut Canyon was a cute little stop, but one definitely couldn’t spend a whole day there. From there […]Read more "Day 13, Walnut Canyon and Cathedral Rock, Arizona"
A friend had suggested to Steve that he visit the Painted Desert, and I had Petrified Forest on one of my original itineraries, so we decided to make a side trip since we had skipped the Sonoran Desert (apparently the proximity to the border makes it a bit of a pain to camp around). But […]Read more "Day 12, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, and Oak Campground, Arizona"
One of the places I was super excited to go to was Seguaro National park. And I didn’t even know or have any conception of how BIG those cacti actually are! I stole a picture from Steve with me in it just so you could know too. Tonto national forest was mostly just a simple […]Read more "Day 11, Seguaro National Park, Tonto National Forest, Arizona"
This morning, after the usual sunrise photo chase, we went to Chiricahua National Monument (also known as Chiriwhatnow, Chisomething, and that one place. At least when our heroes are to lazy to actually pronounce it) There are a lot of canyon trails, and we chose the Lower Rhyolite Canyon trail so that we could see […]Read more "Day 10, Chiricahua national monument and some unnamed campground outside Tucson"
We got an early start (seriously we were there before the park rangers came to open it, all we did before was take pictures of the sunrise) and headed to Gila cliff dwellings, which is worth a trip. The ranger who walked us through was very informative and personable, the hike is easy even for […]Read more "Day 9, Gila cliff dwellings and Indian bread campground New Mexico and Arizona"
We woke up in Gila national forest and after a quick breakfast began climbing the CDT trailhead. From Burro mountain (where we hiked) you could see for miles. Once again my car is in a photo for scale. Didn’t know this blog would be a seek and find, eh? From there, we went up to […]Read more "Day 8 climbing burro mountain CDT and Gila river camping, New Mexico"
We ended up spending two days in organ peaks due to bad weather, which ended up working to my benefit since I ended up having to replace my phone. The first day it was stormy, windy, and just downright cold! After looking up the weather in the place we were headed to (Gila national forest) […]Read more "Day 6 &7, organ peaks, dripping springs, prehistoric trackways, Gomez peak, and Gila national forest. New Mexico"