Arizona Trail to Fisher Point

Our last day in Flagstaff we decided to hike a segment of the Arizona Trail out to Fisher Point, known for it’s views over the west end of Walnut Canyon. I followed some… Continue reading

Aspen Everywhere: Indian Springs and Viet Springs

After our morning hike at Red Mountain we needed another short hike and so as Tom drove east back towards Flagstaff I scanned through the available (read: not inaccessible due to mud) options… Continue reading

Inside the Volcano: Red Mountain

The weather forecast had called for more of the same violent thunderstorms of our first full day in Flagstaff, but we got lucky, awakening to a mostly cloudless blue sky. After confirming that… Continue reading

A Stormy Hike Up Elden Mountain and a Mini Brewery Tour of Flagstaff

We’d already been snowed and hailed upon staying in Alpine at 8,000 feet but with the immediate and mid-range forecast further deteriorating we decided we needed to decamp. The problem was that the… Continue reading

The Magic of the Thompson Trail

The Thomspon Trail was really one of the prettiest trails we’d hiked in long time and I was admittedly giddy for most of our walk. There are few areas of the Apache-Sitgreaves National… Continue reading

Hiking Escudilla Mountain and a Bonus Lake Stop

On our first full day in the White Mountains we set off north to the Escudilla National Recreation Trail, one of the two routes ascending Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona.… Continue reading

Let the Hiking Season Begin!

After the completion of the houses I stuck around Las Cruces for a bit in order to prepare for the following build season but by the beginning of the second week in May… Continue reading

Drywall to Final Punch List: The Second Half of the Build Season in Las Cruces

Following the end of framing, the remainder of the winter and the beginning of spring seemed to fly by as we moved from drywall into trim work on the 5 houses. I was… Continue reading

Another Mountain Weekend: Lake Mescalero, Hiking the Argentina Peak Loop, and Sunspot Highway

Before leaving Las Cruces for the summer we spent one more weekend up in the Sierra Blanca Mountains in search of some big trees, hiking, and cooler temperatures. Wanting to explore somewhere different… Continue reading

The Usual: Photo Roundup of Hikes in the Mesilla Valley

Seeing as we were working in Las Cruces for 7½ months I took probably a dozen half-day or longer repeat hikes (or variations of previous hikes) in the Organ, Robeldo, and Las Uvas… Continue reading