How to Prepare for a Desert Hike

How to Prepare for a Desert Hike

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. …

We Return to the Rough Rider Saloon

We Return to the Rough Rider Saloon

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 …

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

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

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 …

The Damn Glen Canyon Dam and Page, AZ

The Damn Glen Canyon Dam and Page, AZ

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 …

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

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

One of the toughest things to deal with on the trip is outdated information.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 …

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

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

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, …

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

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

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 …

Wilderness of Rock Trail on Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon

Wilderness of Rock Trail on Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon

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 …

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

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

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 …

Four Peaks Brewery, Phoenix

Four Peaks Brewery, Phoenix

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 …

Bisbee vs. Jerome: Arizona Ex-Mining Town Smackdown

Bisbee vs. Jerome: Arizona Ex-Mining Town Smackdown

We loved Bisbee, Arizona. We loved Bisbee so much we can’t wait to return. We loved Bisbee so much we were really looking forward to exploring another of Arizona’s ex-mining towns, Jerome. But did we love Bisbee too much to enjoy Jerome? Were our love-struck …