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Reliable desert transportation.

How to Prepare for a Desert Hike

By     |    Jun 4, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Hikes, Utah     |    No Comments

Hiking in the desert is dangerous, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. It’s just like walking along the beach. There’s sand, there’s sun, you may even see some mirage water. If you can walk along the beach, you can hike in the desert. First: remove your shirt. It’s a hike, man, you’re not going to a nice restaurant! This is Lees Ferry or Death Valley or Zion National Park – it’s not […]

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Rough Rider Saloon.

We Return to the Rough Rider Saloon

By     |    Jun 1, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc.     |    No Comments

In 2009, we spent my birthday at the Rough Rider Saloon on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I was looking forward to going back – we had a fun night back in the day – but when we rolled into the supposedly quiet side of the canyon, things were jumping. The campground was full. The trailheads were packed. People were everywhere thanks to the damn moon lining up […]

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View from a window in the Lee's Ferry fort.

Finding a Party and the Best Wash Hike in the World at Lee’s Ferry

By     |    Jun 1, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Hikes     |    2 Comments

I wanted to go to Lee’s Ferry, because I wanted to see the place where Grand Canyon rafting voyages begin. I’ve been working up my courage for a Grand Canyon rafting trip for years (I’m still a few years away). In my mind, Lee’s Ferry was a cute little town, with a restaurant and a bar and maybe a little shop where floaters picked up last minute supplies before they […]

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A wider view of the Glen Canyon Dam.

The Damn Glen Canyon Dam and Page, AZ

By     |    May 31, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Utah     |    No Comments

Edward Abbey wrote movingly about the beauties of Glen Canyon. In many stories, including those in the compilation Down the River, he lovingly relates his adventures in the massive canyon formed by the Colorado and San Juan Rivers as they converge and pass through southern Utah and northern Arizona. These canyons were filled with ruins, infinite side canyons,numerous rapids, and lots of fish. When you’ve seen the beauty of a […]

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Lies, damn lies, and out-of-date websites.

Monument Valley Navajo Park Campground is Closed. Now Update Your Website!

By     |    May 30, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Parks, Utah     |    1 Comment

One of the toughest things to deal with on the trip is outdated information. We have this camping guidebook from 2007, and its prices are sometimes off by a factor of 3x (ahem, California), sometimes still spot-on. It’s still useful when we don’t have internet service or phone service. We’ve learned to live with prices changing. That’s fine, we understand that they go up. But if something is closed, and […]

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Full coverage. Sky not actually this dark.

May 20, 2012 Ring-of-Fire Solar Eclipse | Photos from the Grand Canyon

By     |    May 20, 2012
Posted in: Arizona     |    2 Comments

If you follow us on Twitter, you know we’re behind on the blog. We’re not currently in Texas — we’re in canyon country. And when we heard about tonight’s solar eclipse, we headed over to the biggest, most famous canyon around, the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, so did everybody else in the quad-state area. We’ve retreated to isolated Cape Royal (assuming that Bright Angel Point would only get worse as the […]

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Ten High Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.

High Ten and Lime … Wait, Ten High Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Lime

By     |    Mar 28, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Mission Whiskey     |    1 Comment

Well, it’s come to this: the $7.99 bottle of booze. For just under $8, we got 750mL of brown-colored booze flavored like whiskey in a plastic travel-ready bottle. Pretty sweet deal, eh? I couldn’t help but read the name as “High Ten” instead of “Ten High” — it just makes more sense that way. Ten High? That’s a pretty shitty poker hand. High Ten? Now that just sounds delicious. From […]

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The peaks above Catalina State Park, from a gap in a jumble of boulders.

Wilderness of Rock Trail on Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon

By     |    Mar 27, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Hikes     |    2 Comments

When we were leaving Tucson in December, there was just one more thing I wanted to do: hike the Wilderness of Rock trail in the Coronado National Forest. The person who named this trail knew what they were doing — it was irresistible. But on our last day in Tucson it was raining in the lowlands and snowing in the uplands — not the kind of day for a long hike. […]

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In-N-Out burger.

Culver’s vs. In-N-Out: The Burger Challenge

By     |    Mar 27, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Food     |    8 Comments

It started with this comment in my post about hot dogs: “Sure, there’s In-N-Out out here in California, but, honestly, it’s not that different than Culver’s in the midwest.” Fightin’ words, apparently. Scott tried to ban me from ever getting an Animal Style burger again. James educated me about In-N-Out fries. But the question remained: were they really that different? Later, James emailed saying: “I’m pretty sure Arizona is the only place you can […]

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Skirts stay under control at Four Peaks Brewery. Kilts, not so much.

Four Peaks Brewery, Phoenix

By     |    Mar 26, 2012
Posted in: Arizona, Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc.     |    2 Comments

We stopped at Four Peaks Brewery for a beer with a buddy in Phoenix. They have great beer. Lisa loved the Hefeweizen and the Arizona Peach Ale; I was a fan of the Kilt Lifter. But Kilt Lifter? Is that really what I want when I’m drinking? Don’t I want a skirt lifter, some sort of mind control brew that lets me overcome gravity or direct a targeted blast of air […]

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