NearandFarAZ

A Hike and a Bite: Durango, Colorado

Every now and then, you visit a place that seems to have it all: Jaw-droppingly gorgeous surroundings, charming city streets, a fun vibe, and uniquely entertaining activities. Durango, Colorado is just that kind of town. At a population… Read More

Waterton Lakes: The ultimate road-trip detour

Canada was never part of the plan. As I was plotting my summer 2016 road trip, I had one major destination in mind: Glacier National Park in Montana. I spent the winter and spring dreaming of hiking the… Read More

Hint: It’s actually a riot of colors

Think of a flamboyantly colorful landscape. What just came to mind? The Caribbean? The Greek Islands? Hawaii’s North Shore? The California coast? Well, prepare yourself to add a new landscape to that colorful image – the Arizona desert!… Read More

Life near a natural wonder? Make the most of it!

Having a playground of the world in your own backyard is pretty epic. I’m sure anyone who lives within an hour or two of places like Yosemite National Park, Oahu’s North Shore, or the Swiss Alps can relate:… Read More

35 things Arizonans say (never)

I’m not a native Arizonan. But in a state of transplants, my nearly 30 years in the Grand Canyon state often make me feel like an old-timer, with the accompanying insight into the vernacular, culture, and natural treasures…. Read More

The many faces of Granite Mountain

It’s funny how the story in your head can change in an instant. There I was practically skipping down the Granite Mountain trail, with a blog idea formulating in my head: The many faces of Granite Mountain. And… Read More

Above the snow line

In the mile-high city of Prescott, Arizona, I don’t often get the chance to walk through fresh powder. So, when the opportunity arose recently, I jumped at it and headed to snow-covered Mingus Mountain. The result: A stunning hike.

Big plans in 2016: My travel resolutions

About eight months ago, I had a brilliant idea: Why not parlay my co-loves of travel and writing into a travel blog? Wow, how original, right? Little did I know that thousands – perhaps hundreds of thousands –… Read More

Line of fire

“Makes you feel kind of small, doesn’t it?” I asked my friend and frequent hiking companion as we topped a ridge with sweeping views of the Granite Mountain basin. It wasn’t just the breadth of the view that… Read More

Sedona: The most beautiful place on Earth?

First of all, I know that there are many, many gorgeous places that I have yet to see. I’ve been around a bit, but I am under no illusion that I’ve seen it all! Still, I have to… Read More