Photo of the Week 1/18/21

A seriously tall cactus!

Photo of the Week 1/11/21

It’s a beautiful time of year in Phoenix for hiking!

Photo of the Week 12/14/20

Bursera Trail – South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ

Photo of the Week 12/07/20

Top of Pyramid Trail, South Mountain Park -Phoenix, AZ

I’ve probably posted this view before, but it’s pretty cool and the trailhead is 10 minutes from my house!

These Strange Times

These are definitely strange times for all of us. Who knew that just a few months into 2020 there’d be toilet paper hording and quarantines! Like many restaurants, the one that I work at is closed, which gives me quite bit of time right now. There is some work stuff to, but right now it’s not a whole lot.


I tend to get cabin fever pretty quickly when trapped in the house, even two days of no activity and I’m starting to aimlessly wander around the house. The one good thing is I enjoy solo outdoor activities. I think road biking is a pretty good for keeping a social distance, as long as you ride by yourself and give others a wide berth when passing.

The new standard morning view
A little mountain biking from the house

This weekend I signed up for the Ironman VR race. Basically you have 3 days to complete a 5k run, 90k bike, and 21k run. I’ve got the time and it’s something to do. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve ridden that far, we’ll see how it goes! Did the 5k portion this morning.


I’ve also gotten in some decent hiking, with some more planned this week. We live towards one end of South Mountain Park in Phoenix, and while parts of it can get overly crowded now, I know many places to go were you barley see anyone and it’s easy to feel safe.

I want to do the complete the ridge line traverse from my Pyramid – National – Gila Loop hike on March 20th, by going over the last peak and not the pass, and I’ve got a permit for Aravaipa Canyon at the end of next week. I’ve never been there but, it’s supposed to be amazing! Just going to drive over in the morning, hike into the canyon for a few hours, then hike out. Definitely looking forward to checking out a new place!

Pyramid – National – Gila Loop

What thing are you doing to keep occupied, enjoy the outdoors, and most importantly keep yourself and loved ones safe?

Pyramid – National – Gila Loop Hike

Went for a hike toady, I had the time to to a loop I have wanted to try for a while but just hadn’t done. It was great to be on the trails exploring some new stuff. Love the fact that this amazing area is in my backyard.

Wash your hands, stay safe and healthy, and be excellent to each other.

That is all.

National Trail
National Trail looking north on Phoenix Metro

Photo of the Week 3/02/20

A beautiful day today in Phoenix!

Photo of the Week 2/10/20

South Mountain Park – Phoenix, Az

Phoenix has some amazing places for urban hiking, and it’s a great time of year to be outside!

Photo of the Week 2/03/20

Bus Stop – Desert Classic Trail – South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ

Photo of the Week 11/04/19

Phoenix has some amazing hiking right in the city!