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

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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

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

Hiking Coronado National Forest

Moving to Arizona Moving all the way to Arizona is a scary thing to do. It was completely spontaneous. The entire five-day drive out here was spent searching for a city and an apartment. One of the toughest things about moving to from the east coast to the desert was saying goodbye to Shenandoah National … Continue reading Hiking Coronado National Forest

Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

As we work the last few weeks of our jobs, sell off our possessions and prepare for our travels, it's been difficult to practice the yogic principles of aparigrah (non-grasping) and santosha (contentment). We are at an important intersection in life. The road ahead is full of travel plans and change. The road behind us, which we still look … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

All Faiths Welcome Here

Seriously, how often do you see a sign openly welcoming all faiths, without an ulterior motive? All faiths welcome is just what I found last weekend at Yogaville. I recently took up the practice of yoga after an illness, and it has changed my life. Three days at Yogaville was even more life changing. Little did I know … Continue reading All Faiths Welcome Here

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Since I started hiking again last week, It reminded me of one of the hardest (and best) hiking adventures that I've ever been on. It really wasn't that far, about 4 miles round trip, but it was straight down into the Grand Canyon. I had already visited the Grand Canyon a few times, but I never hiked down into the canyon. … Continue reading Hiking the Grand Canyon

How to Solo Hike the Grand Canyon

I started hiking again last week. On those long solo hikes the mind tends to wander. I started thinking about one of the hardest (and best) hiking adventures that I've ever been on. It really wasn't that far, about 4 miles round trip, but it was straight down into the Grand Canyon. I had already visited the … Continue reading How to Solo Hike the Grand Canyon

Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II

Sometimes the best trips are right in one's own backyard. Shenandoah National Park is only 25 miles from my door, but when I was ill 25 miles seemed like 2,500 miles. Today was my first day back to nature and back to real hiking since the beginning of August, and I am grateful to be able … Continue reading Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II