Browsing Category "Arizona"

Lake Havasu’s Crack in the Mountain

By     |    Dec 20, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Hikes     |    No Comments

Crack in the Mountain — known locally as Sara’s Crack, because it’s located in Sara Park — is an exciting trail to hike.  Many trails in the west seem to take advantage of washes and use them as naturally created and maintained trails.  This wash just happens to cut through a mountain on its way to the Colorado River, ahem, Lake Havasu.  Over the centuries rare rainstorms have created a […]

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Pork, Pork Pastor, Carne Asada.

Eating Our Way Through Phoenix

By     |    Dec 16, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Food     |    6 Comments

Phoenix was delicious. Well, the greater-Phoenix sprawlopolis was delicious. The metropolitan area feels endless when you’re stuck in it (Safeway, Walgreens, McDonald’s, rinse, repeat). We ended up at a bunch of great places. Here’s where we went and what you should try. Los Taquitos Tacos here are awesome and cheap (under $1.50). I had three (favorite: pork). Lisa had pazole. We were in heaven. Arrogant Butcher Just had a drink […]

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Paul on the edge

Driving in the Elements: The Apache Trail

By     |    Dec 15, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Drives     |    3 Comments

There’s no question about the type of vehicle you should take on the Apache Trail.  It should be a 4-wheel drive, high clearance, manly type of machine.  But in a pinch, a Toyota Sienna will do. The road starts out tame and paved, but then suddenly it turns into dirt, and the dirt gets narrower and narrower by the mile until it seems no more than a trail.  Your navigator […]

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Overheard at Lost Dutchman State Park

By     |    Dec 14, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Parks     |    4 Comments

Lost Dutchman, like basically everywhere else we camp, is mostly filled with old peeps. They’re retired, they’ve got time, they can camp in December. But it also has some … other people. The place just draws some oddballs. There are the partiers from Phoenix out drinkin’ under the stars (the only time we weren’t worried about mountain lions on the way to the bathroom was when we overheard these guys looking for […]

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Sunset on Superstition

Visiting Arizona’s Lost Dutchman State Park

By     |    Dec 12, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Parks     |    2 Comments

Lost Dutchman State Park must have a guardian angel.  Or not — it has been threatened with permanent closure at least twice since 2002 due to budget shortfalls.  It seems like an expensive place to run. The ratio of staff/workers to visitors is at least 2:1.  There are at least six campground hots. They have a large Americorps team doing trail maintenance.  The sites are impeccably maintained — each site […]

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Ikea, please help us sleep.

Phoenix Chore Day Wears Us Out

By     |    Dec 8, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    No Comments

You’re probably thinking: “Paul, sleeping in a van is probably the most comfortable thing ever, how could you ever improve it?” Well, let’s talk about that. Our tricked-out van platform bed is great … but it’s hardwood. Literally hardwood. And descriptively hard, really hard … and wooden. On top of it, we had an old futon mattress and a memory foam pad. No longer. The tired, old futon couldn’t hold us up […]

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Dive Bar Serendipity in Tucson at The Buffet Bar and Crock Pot

By     |    Dec 8, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food     |    3 Comments

St. Elmo’s Bar in Bisbee was a lucky score, and our luck continued in Tucson at The Buffet Bar and Crock Pot thanks to Kelly Lewis, a free copy of Zocolo Magazine, and the Oro Valley Library.  Here’s how it went down: We’d been going to the Oro Valley Library to use its interwebs and chairs and tables, all of which are somewhat lacking in our van-home. I grabbed a Zocolo on […]

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One of the lungs -- the middle ceiling rises and falls to equalize the pressure when sealed. Otherwise it would blow out on hot days.

Biosphere 2 is Dying

By     |    Dec 7, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    9 Comments

If you grew up when we grew up, chances are you learned about the Biosphere 2 project in science class. Maybe you even read about it in Ranger Rick magazine. It was a hugely ambitious project — recreate the earth (aka Biosphere 1) so that people could live inside entirely self-sufficient. Some called it a failure because people only lived in there for two entire years, but they were calorie and oxygen deprived. However, […]

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East coast, what gives?

Warm Up, Please, Arizona!

By     |    Dec 5, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    No Comments

Well, we were snowed on in Arizona on Saturday, and today we woke up to 38 degrees and rain! Holy cow. Tonight we’re retreating to a hotel. Phoenix needs to warm up or we need to move on. Here’s what it looks like today: we need to stay in the yellow to survive. And at this point, that means San Diego. But not to worry — it looks like everything […]

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Speyburn 10-Year-Old Single Malt

Thankful for Scotch

By     |    Dec 2, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Mission Whiskey     |    1 Comment

Thanksgiving isn’t usually a Scotch day for me. When we hosted the meal a few years ago, we had wine, spiked cider, and local Goose Island Beer. This year was different — we had my sister’s in-laws in attendance and my brother-in-law and his father are both Scotch drinkers. So there was Scotch. Yum! And when we got back to Arizona, after getting terrorized by the TSA, I had a […]

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