NearandFarAZ

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

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 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!

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

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

Send in the clouds

Sometimes it’s about the mind-blowing terrain. Sometimes it’s about the colorful wildflowers. And sometimes it’s about the endurance – just getting it done. Today, I’d have to say my hike was all about the clouds. In northern Arizona,… Read More

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

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, the waves are in hues… 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

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

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