NearandFarAZ

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

Chasing clouds (and wildflowers)

With an evening hike in my sights, I surveyed the sky. Arizona’s monsoon thunderstorms had been wreaking havoc on my plans to get outdoors recently, and I was hoping for a small window of sunshine to hit 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

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

The long way round

On a recent winter Saturday, I took the “long way round” from Prescott, Arizona to the mountainside community of Jerome. It offered a whole new perspective!

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.

Winter wonderland – Sedona style

In my humble opinion, Sedona, Arizona is among the most – if not THE most – beautiful spots in the world. On a recent winter Sunday, I headed there and found temps in the 60s, stunningly blue skies, and of course, the main attraction – gorgeous rocks of red.

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