Fort Bowie and What Happened to the Apache

You would think, being and Army Veteran, that a visit to Fort Bowie would be a fun outing. Once I investigated a bit deeper into the tragedy that unfolded here, "fun" isn't exactly the word I'd use. It's a somber place, a little hard to get to, but definitely worth exploring and contemplating the wrongs … Continue reading Fort Bowie and What Happened to the Apache

How to Visit Mesa Verde National Park

After more than a decade of stagnating on my travel "bucket" list, I finally made it to Mesa Verde National Park. This park has been on my bucket list for a long time. If you love history, it's a definite must-visit. We have president Theodore Roosevelt (a favorite president of mine) to thank for establishing … Continue reading How to Visit Mesa Verde National Park

Welcome to the Wide Open Wild West

Why Visit? There's a very special piece of land in southern Arizona. It's a place where people have roamed for ten-thousand years. During the twentieth century famous movie stars hung out here. Although I can't tell you exactly what is so special about this place, it just feels special. Today, this area is a forty-five … Continue reading Welcome to the Wide Open Wild West

The Complete Guide to Exploring Chaco Canyon

America's Stonehenge. With such an enticing name, it's hard to resist the pull. Chaco Canyon is one of the oldest places of habitation in the United States. A trip there is life-changing.Let's take a look at what it's like to journey to this ancient, mysterious place. A place that is sacred, serene, and filled with … Continue reading The Complete Guide to Exploring Chaco Canyon

Cochise Stronghold: The Last Great Apache Hideout

Blogging has taken last place lately behind teaching and working on a M.Ed. full-time. However, summer vacation is fast approaching, the weather is beautiful, and the world is calling. Travel will always be a non-negotiable for me, so no matter how busy I am, I will always make time, even if it's just for day-long … Continue reading Cochise Stronghold: The Last Great Apache Hideout

Visiting Nogales, Mexico: What You Need to Know

Is Nogales, Mexico safe? Will we get caught up in drug trafficking? How long will it take to cross the border? Is it even worth it? Despite the reputation for drug violence and underground tunnels, we decided to see what the town is really like. Below is what happened when we crossed the border for … Continue reading Visiting Nogales, Mexico: What You Need to Know

All the Reasons Why I Love and Hate Sedona

Sedona. Red-Rock Country, yoga, vortexes, recreation and wellness. It's one of the top travel destinations in Arizona. Like every other popular tourist spot, you have to take the good with the bad. Sedona and I have had a love-hate relationship since 2011. The scenery is amazing, the archaeology is cool, but... there are things that … Continue reading All the Reasons Why I Love and Hate Sedona

Santa Maria sopra Minerva

Hi friends, welcome back to the blog. No one questions that Rome is full of interesting and unusual places. However, this church in Rome truly stands out. It's the Santa Maria sopra Minerva. This small church, located behind the Pantheon, is well worth a detour. It was practically empty when I visited. Let me tell … Continue reading Santa Maria sopra Minerva

On the Expedition Trail: History and Hiking at Coronado Cave

Welcome to Coronado National Memorial. One of the only places in Arizona where you can explore a cave on your own. Not just any cave, Coronado Cave.  No permits, guides or lines. Arizona never fails to amaze me, and Coronado cave exceeded my expectations. I'll guide you as you follow in the footsteps of Coronado, and … Continue reading On the Expedition Trail: History and Hiking at Coronado Cave

Exploring Forgotten History at Tubac and Tumacacori

Getting There Just fifty miles south of Tucson in Santa Cruz county (near Nogales), there's an interesting place full of Arizona history and culture. I spent the day exploring Tubac and The Tumacacori mission. Something brings me back again and again to these places. Their history is forever intertwined and part of a greater story … Continue reading Exploring Forgotten History at Tubac and Tumacacori

The Best of Bisbee Guide: 24 Hours in the Old West

Bisbee: Where Copper Was Queen Locally roasted coffee, ghost stories, mining history, shopping, historic hotels, and museums? Is there one place to find all of that? The answer is yes. Bisbee, Arizona. I've been visiting Bisbee on and off since 2011, and every visit is something different. I may spend one day shopping, or another … Continue reading The Best of Bisbee Guide: 24 Hours in the Old West

Arizona Adventures: Hiking for History in the Huachucas

Anyone who knows me knows that I love history and geology. Combine that with a scenic hike and that's my idea of a perfect day. When I heard that there's an abandoned mining town at the top of the Huachuca mountains, I was super excited. Not exploring it isn't an option. If that's not enough, … Continue reading Arizona Adventures: Hiking for History in the Huachucas