NearandFarAZ

‘The red lands and the gray lands’ of Arizona’s Mother Road

“Over the red lands and the gray lands, twisting up into the mountains, crossing the Divide and down into the bright and terrible desert, and across the desert to the mountains again, and into the rich California valleys.”… Read More

A desert Christmas: Cooler than you might think

When I moved from the upper plains of North Dakota to the desert southwest of Arizona years ago, one of the questions I frequently got from friends back home went something like this: “How do you get into… Read More

Iron Springs, AZ: Prime spot for a ‘hike and a bite’

For a true western experience that combines rugged high-desert terrain with refreshments in an authentic historic train-depot setting, Prescott, Arizona offers a classic duo: A strenuous hike in the Granite Mountain Wilderness Area, capped off with a fitting… Read More

San Francisco: A treat – even in the rain

You know that feeling you get when you return to a place you love? You know exactly what you want to do, and you’re excited to get started? That’s how I felt on my most recent trip to… Read More

My adventures as a “tourcal” – that happy confluence of tourist and local

I love nothing more than exploring a new city – sometimes as a pure tourist, and sometimes, when I’m lucky, as a combination tourist/local. (Hence, my made-up word: Tourcal). Recently, I did the “tourcal” thing in Seattle, Washington.