Silent Night, Holy Night

Tires crunched through the snow as the SUV inched along the deserted, unmaintained dirt road.  Slowly, tediously, it negotiated the frozen ruts, and when the road finally ended abruptly in a large semi-circular open area, inched gingerly into what appeared to be a parking space. But appearances could be deceiving in this land, so far [...]

Date With Mooney

200-foot high Mooney Falls I can still hear it plain as day -- her urgent silence against the deafening roar of the falls -- and it chills me to the bone. Me: "Where is Dan (my husband)?" Chris (his sister): Mouth moving, but I can't hear what she's saying through the noise of the waterfall... [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure!

This week's Weekly Photo Challenge speaks to a topic I love - if you couldn't already guess - Adventure!  Maybe I'm just in Grand Canyon mode lately, but when I think "adventure", this image immediately comes to mind. I remember the moment captured in the photo clearly...we were at about the half-way point in our [...]

Nankoweap

"If anybody is not blown away by the Grand Canyon, they won't be blown away by Judgement Day, either.  To spend the night on rocks that have been warmed to 120 degrees by the sun, to feel the incredibly insistent and very dangerous Colorado River rush by you, to be down in the depths of [...]

Vegas or Bust!

Not too long ago I received a random, seemingly innocent text message from a good friend: "Hey, just wondering - which Vegas chapel did you guys get married in?" Needless to say, it didn't take a huge mental leap to figure out something was up...I give full credit to my persuasive texting skills that, after [...]

Quick Jaunt to Cooper Forks

I didn't breath a word to anyone, but as we climbed down out of Pueblo Canyon, I was secretly thinking to myself, "there's NO WAY we're doing another hike tomorrow."  The plan had been to hit Pueblo Canyon, the harder and longer of the hikes, on day one and follow up with a quick out-and-back [...]

Adventure in the Sierra Ancha

It was a motley crew that set out from our house early Saturday morning.  I had proposed this little expedition after reading an amazing article about the Sierra Ancha in Arizona Highways magazine a few months ago, and was really jazzed when a few people actually seemed serious about accompanying us. Fellow Traveler Aside from [...]

Three Years and Counting

I still have to pinch myself when I realize I've been married for three years.  Not only has it been much more enjoyable than I ever anticipated, but the time has absolutely flown by! It's interesting to observe what type of 'married people' we're turning out to be.  Being my first go-round (it's my husband's second), I was pretty gung-ho in the beginning about [...]

Christmas 2012: Green Chile and Luminarias

Christmas Eve Day dawned cold and crisp, and although our thin Phoenix blood had not yet adjusted to the 18-degree weather, we were enjoying the Christmas-y feeling so sadly denied us in the 'Valley of the Sun'. Before heading out of Albuquerque, we made a stop at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - a must if you have any interest in [...]

Christmas 2012: Dreamcatchers and Black Ice

Our yearly New Mexico Christmas road trip started out the way it usually does...among a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from friends asking if we had heard about the Winter Storm Warning.  This year, along with the usual reports of a storm blowing through, came urgent warnings that portions of the I-40 to Albuquerque were closed.  Of course, as always, right along our planned route. My [...]