NearandFarAZ

A little slice of desert heaven

Life in the desert. Sometimes it can seem like a hot, dry slog – especially as summer begins, with its promise of months in the 90s and 100s. But rest assured, there is always an oasis in the… Read More

5 Prescott trails that will make you a white-dot follower

Hiking Prescott AZ’s granite gems Imagine a rolling sea, with nothing but waves as far as the eye can see. Instead of churning water, though, these waves are made of solid rock. And rather than blues and greens,… Read More

‘Mile, mile and a half’ – the hiker’s refrain

If you like to hike, you’ve probably heard a story or two of an under-estimated trek. The one where you thought the loop would be four miles, but it turned out to be eight. Or the route that… Read More

Prescott Circle Trail – the payoffs, large and small

All spring long, a flamboyant display of colors has been unfolding quietly in the rocky hills of Prescott, Arizona. Thanks, apparently, to the relatively wet winter of 2015, the prickly plants that normally wouldn’t warrant a second glance… Read More

Moab – the ‘Disneyland’ of outdoor sports

Driving into our hotel parking lot in downtown Moab in the late afternoon, I immediately noticed a peculiar detail. Not only were there hordes of people in dusty hiking boots, carrying daypacks, but there were mountain bikers wheeling… Read More

I love dead trees – don’t hate me!

I have a confession: I love dead trees. Please don’t hate me! Before you rush to judgment, let me explain. Of course I would prefer a living tree. After all, there are few things lovelier than a leafy… Read More

The big one – hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim

If you live in Arizona and you like to hike, there is one accomplishment that stands out. Rim to rim in the Grand Canyon – for many hikers, it’s the big one, the bucket-list trip. The rim-to-rim is… Read More

Locally sourced in Taiwan

If we hadn’t been looking for it, we never would have known it was there: The little Triori bed and breakfast was an unassuming presence on a block of tidy homes. Overlooking a rice field, the row house… Read More

Ghosts of trains past on the Peavine

When I walk along the Peavine Trail in Prescott, Arizona, I can’t help but think about the train passengers of long ago, who must have been agog at the scenery that flashed by. The massive granite formations that… Read More