NearandFarAZ

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

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.

Walking the rails

Hiking old abandoned railroad beds is a simple pleasure for me. I’m lucky to have several rails-to-trails options nearby, including Prescott, Arizona’s popular Peavine Trail.

Overcoming the “double-drop” of Angels Landing

Sheer drops on both sides make for a thrilling hike up Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Come prepared for some scary moments and even more spectacular views.

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

Finally, The Narrows!

With its iconic rock walls and luminescent water, The Narrows hike in Zion National Park had long been on my must-list. I finally got there in the fall of 2015, and my most yearned-for hike did not disappoint!

Pure Flagstaff!

In Arizona, there are few combinations that are more enticing than Flagstaff and autumn. Covered with massive stands of aspens, Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks literally glow in the fall.

What I learned during 2 days in Yosemite: The do’s and don’ts

With just two days to explore Yosemite, I needed to be strategic. I ended up taking in almost all of the amazing sights I set out to see, and I learned a few things along the way.

Tonto Natural Bridge: The accidental hike

Sometimes the backup plan can turn out better than the original. Or, at least it can seem that way when you find a hidden treasure of a destination only because your “Plan A” washed out. That was the… 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

View from the top of the world: Yaeger Canyon

After a particularly stressful week at work, I needed a little diversion – something to take me to another place. What I needed, I decided, was a hike with a bit of a bite. And I knew just… Read More