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

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

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 Tumacacori mission. Something brings me back again and again to these places. Their history is forever intertwined and part of a greater story of … 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

A Trip to the Tranquil, Ancient Ruins at Montezuma Well

The Well The third time I stopped along the winding road to admire Montezuma Well was a little different. Funny story how these historic site came by the name "Montezuma," but we'll get to that later. For now lets take a journey together, through two ancient sacred sites between Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona. On previous … Continue reading A Trip to the Tranquil, Ancient Ruins at Montezuma Well

Nine Reasons Why You’ll Want to Move to Amazing Arizona

Home Sweet Home Seven months already? Is that how long we've been in Arizona? Time flies when you're having fun. Last year we thought we wanted to live like full-time nomads. So we downsized and went to Mexico for the summer. Even though that trip was absolutely awesome, something was missing.  A home to come … Continue reading Nine Reasons Why You’ll Want to Move to Amazing Arizona

Palatki Heritage Site: A Photo Essay

Sinagua, it means "without water." That's the name of the people that once lived in north-eastern Sedona, Arizona. About 900 years ago the Sinagua Indians lived in a thriving settlement high up in the Sedona red rocks. They left behind artifacts, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and pictographs. Getting to Palatki and its sister site Honanki certainly isn't … Continue reading Palatki Heritage Site: A Photo Essay

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Saguaro National Park

This is the first post in a series about National parks and monuments in the American Southwest. Moving to Arizona makes me realize that there's a whole world to explore right here in America. We recently visited Saguaro National Park in Tucson and discovered a few amazing facts about the unique species of cactus called … Continue reading 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Saguaro National Park