Summer Doldrums

Summer is here and hot temps continue. When the monsoon rains arrive, usually by mid-July, the cloudy skies and rains will bring some relief. I never tire of the beauty of the walls of Cave Creek Canyon near Portal, AZ. As I was taking the header photo, I noticed there was an arch that I hadn’t seen before. Read More

Although summer officially begins June 20th, we have had a few days in the 100s and mostly the 90s since the last week of May. Most of the migratory birds have arrived and many have already nested and fledged their young. The bears and other wildlife are very active. There is an abundance of green vegetation and insects galore. We have had some clouds and brief rain showers the last couple days, which made for the nice sunset in my header photo. Read More

The several weeks since my last blog post have flown by! Since it has been awhile, I have quite a few photos to share. This area is so beautiful that I had a difficult time narrowing down to these selections! Read More

Spring Is Here!

I remained in the Tucson area through March and into mid-April. The weather continued to be pleasant – cool enough at night and comfortably warm during the day. I am able to hike on some nearby trails that aren’t busy on weekdays. Other than that, I stay at home and only go to the grocery store as needed. Read More

How quickly things can change

As I ended my last blog post it was late February, and I was on my way to Kofa National Wildlife Refuge to gather with friends. At that time, life still seemed pretty normal.  Kofa was beautiful, plants were blooming, and it was wonderful to see everyone. Read More

Tucson to Yuma

At the end of January, I departed Portal, AZ and headed to Tucson. I had a long list of things I needed to do in the city – shopping, haircut, laundry, etc. I also did a couple hikes in Saguaro National Park. Saguaro NP is a real treasure right at the edge of the city with some beautiful hiking trails. Read More

A New Year Begins – Portal, AZ

As 2020 rolled in, I continued my position as a volunteer host at the Cave Creek Canyon Visitor Information Center (VIC) in Portal, AZ. During the last few days of December there were several inches of snow in the canyon and more in the mountains. It made for some very scenic vistas.  Read More

Wrapping Up A Great 2019

After leaving Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico, I worked my way to Tucson, where I attended the Loft Film Fest for the second time.  I loved it last year, and this year was also wonderful. They showed somewhere around 50 independent and international films from various genres. Read More

Bosque del Apache NWR

From the Balloon Fiesta, I headed to the village of San Antonio, about 20 miles south of Socorro, NM. I wanted to spend a few days at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which is a wintering grounds for thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, Ross’ Geese and other waterfowl.  Read More

From Buena Vista, CO I headed south on Hwy 285 to Albuquerque, NM for the Balloon Fiesta. Attending the Fiesta has been on my bucket list for several years. Sales of RV camping passes begin the week after the fiesta ends; and they sell out quickly. Read More