NearandFarAZ

‘Four seasons’ in a single day? Welcome to Arizona in January

The scene I awoke to Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019, was anything but the sunny hiking weather I had been expecting. The weather forecast the day before had been predicting rain for Saturday night, followed by a partly… Read More

Greatest hiking ‘hits’ of 2018

From trudging through snowy-white sand in New Mexico’s 90-degree autumn weather to venturing deep into the shady woods of central Czech Republic, my hikes of 2018 were varied, to say the least. Also unique this year was my… Read More

Paradise – Arizona style

Water – it’s precious anywhere, but in Arizona, it takes on a value that I think only desert dwellers can understand. Think 115-degree summertime temps and near-zero-percent humidity, and you get the picture. So, when there’s a spot… Read More

Yes, we get snow in Arizona, and it’s spectacular

“I had no idea Arizona got any snow!” – It’s a comment I see often when I post snowy photos on Instagram. And yes, it can be confusing. Towering saguaro cacti, 115-degree temps, and sunny poolside scenes: These… 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

My perfect Phoenix day

It’s not exactly a well-kept secret. Hundreds of thousands of baseball spring-training fans already know it. Winter-weary residents of Northern Arizona know it. And sun-seeking spring-breakers from throughout the Midwest know it: Phoenix, Arizona in the springtime is… Read More