Mystery Abounds In Arizona’s Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains

As I drove east of Phoenix and away from its bustling metropolis I became intrigued by the legends surrounding the mysterious Superstition Mountains. The jagged mountain peaks of this vast desert landscape lingered just ahead of me. Soon I’d be hiking on a trail in the heart of the area where legends and tales of a lost gold mine have existed for over one hundred years. Was it still out there? Would others be searching for it? I’d soon find out.

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Getting Lost Hiking The Bridge To Nowhere

Bridge To Nowhere

So you’re telling me there is a bridge that we will be hiking to it but it goes nowhere? Let me think…ok sure. Looks like I just got talked into hiking “The Bridge To Nowhere”. There’s just one thing. If it goes nowhere, why even bother hiking to it? A friend of mine was really excited about this adventure. A coworker had done it the previous week and was sharing great stories of how much fun the hike was. I consider myself an adventurous person so I took the bait, called a few friends and asked them to join me Saturday for a nice hike through the San Gabriel Mountains. It was quite and adventure to say the least and we saw more than we bargained for.

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ATV Riding in Jawbone Canyon

Would I like to try riding dirt bikes and ATV’s in the desert? Hell yeah! Sounds like an awesome way to celebrate someone’s birthday. We gathered some friends, headed out to a place called Jawbone Canyon and rented vehicles for the day. Things were going great, that is, until we got stuck on top of a super steep dirt hill. Keep reading to find out how we made it down and how you too can enjoy a day of safe ATV riding. Continue Reading →

Hiking Indian Canyons in Palm Springs

Hiking Through Indian Canyon

If your in Palm Springs and your looking for a place to go hiking, look no further than Indian Canyons. Within it you can visit the canyons of Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino. Whichever one you choose will offer plenty of trails for hiking and interesting terrain to explore. From the large California Fan Palms to the rustling peaceful streams your going to find that a wonderful desert adventure awaits you! Continue Reading →

Weekend Getaway to Palm Springs

Escape to Palm Springs

Can’t you just feel it? Spring is definitely in the air. Although it may be too cold to travel to some parts of the country right now, it’s the absolute perfect time for a weekend getaway to Palm Springs, California. Springtime means abundant sunshine, clear skies, and most importantly warm weather! There is no shortage of chic hotels to choose from, dining options for every palette, and fun activities to keep you busy while exploring this relaxing desert oasis. Continue Reading →

Exploring The Dunes And Canyons Of Death Valley

Sand Dunes of Death Valley

Welcome to part two of our two-day visit in Death Valley, CA. There was so much for us to do and we only had one full day left so we set out early to try to squeeze in as many activities as possible before the sun retreated. We began by visiting a slot canyon a few hours north of Furnace Creek. While driving by, we saw vast yellow sand dunes and decided to explore those next. Finally we planned on driving south on Badwater Road to attempt a 2.5 mile roundtrip hike through ridiculously colored badlands. We packed our backpacks, grabbed as much water as we could carry and headed out.

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The Geological Wonders Of Death Valley

Death Valley Badwater Basin

When a friend recommended I should take a trip to Death Valley National Park, I was like eh…ok sure. Not really enthused and with low expectations, my crew of adventurers and I traveled to what I thought would be a barren and desolate location for the weekend. Instead I was amazed at how alive and colorful the desert can be. There is so much scenic landscape to explore, so many trails to hike, so much history to learn and an unending amount of photographic opportunities.

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Boulder Scrambling in Joshua Tree National Park

Boulder scrambling in Joshua Tree

Boulders! Lots and lots of boulders. Huge round sandstone objects that come in endless interesting shapes and sizes. Some are small and some are gigantic. They come in all shades of colors like red, pink, grey and even yellow. Some are stacked one on top of another and some sit quietly by themselves. Where oh where could one find a place with boulders like this? In Joshua Tree National Park that’s where you’ll find them. Oh and the best thing is that you can climb all over them to your hearts content! Just like a little kid on a playground gym. Under, over, around and through! Come with me, I’ll show you.

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Hiking In Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Sure, everyone loves Las Vegas. But sometimes the noisy slot machines, stuff your face buffets, and dizzying nightclubs can wear you down. You might go for a jog or a quick dip in the pool to help break up the monotony of gambling, but what if you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy? I found a place where you can get all the nature time you want and it’s less than an hours drive from the Vegas Strip. I’m talking about a place called the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park.

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