Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.
Air so thick, you could cut it with a knife. As I sailed through Phoenix on I 17, a banner over head reminded me that there was an air quality alert. No kidding! It was a no burn day.
While desert peaks are great winter destinations, especially if loaded with childhood memories, canyons in Yavapai County might be of greater interest, if for no other reason than they are close by and that’s important during the busy holiday season.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is known for many things. It’s a showcase of exceptional Sonoran Desert flora.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
“Let’s do Mt. Whitney,” my daughter said. (Another item on her bucket list). Great, but with only two weeks’ notice, a number of challenges presented themselves, like getting permits.
What’s in a name anyway? In preparation for a workshop on Arizona’s conifers, I returned to the Groom Creek Trailhead to hike Spruce Mountain. I was quickly reminded of two things.
When my son failed to come around the corner within a few minutes, I retraced my steps back toward the trailhead but he was nowhere to be found.