The Lessons in Rocks

To many Native American tribes, rocks are the "stone people", or Ancestors.  I was in a sweat lodge once and the huge volcanic rocks in the pit glowed red like searing hot sponges, the holes, along with the shadows from the fire (or maybe it was my encroaching delirium from the intense heat), causing me [...]

The Most Precious Stone

I love rocks. Stones, earth, dirt, sand, gravel - it doesn't matter.  I love rocks in every form. Walking along a gravel road, a pretty pebble  protrudes and catches my eye, and I crouch down to pick it up and examine it further...sometimes I keep it, sometimes I put it back when I’m done. I [...]

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 [...]