Around the US, National Parks

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Well, the semester is coming to an end, and before I head home, I thought I'd share my tips for visiting one of my favorite parks near Tucson. This isn't one of the big, famous national parks like the Grand Canyon, and to be honest, it is a little out-of-the-way if you're doing a Four Corners… Continue reading Tumacácori National Historical Park

Around the US, National Parks

Saguaro National Park

What do you imagine when you think of "the desert"?  I'm guessing it's a cactus, but not just any cactus - a saguaro (pronounced sah-waar-o).  These are the cacti that have the arms and that coincidentally, are native only to the Sonoran Desert.  That's right, the first cactus that you think of doesn't even grow… Continue reading Saguaro National Park

Around the US, National Parks

How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

Like last year, I did another Parks in Focus trip to Chiricahua National Monument last weekend.  This isn't the most famous landmark in Arizona by a long shot, and it's definitely out of the way, but it's honestly phenomenal, especially as a weekend trip from Tucson.  Not only do you really get away from the city,… Continue reading How to Spend a Weekend at Chiricahua

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Sunshine in Winter

It's been so nice the past few weeks to come back to the sunshine and warm weather of Arizona.  Sure, I still have to wear a sweater in the morning, but it's nice not to be bundled up and/or shivering all day.  I got back into my volunteer routine with Parks in Focus last weekend… Continue reading Sunshine in Winter

Around the US, College

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you're on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew… Continue reading The Midnight Train Back to School

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Chilly in Tucson

The weather the last two weeks has not been the Tucson weather I signed up for.   With highs in the sixties, and A LOT of rain last week, it's been a little cold and dismal.  Fortunately, however, the weather was bright and warm last Saturday for the Tucson Rodeo (a.k.a La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros).  The… Continue reading Chilly in Tucson

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Stars and Things

Wow, a lot has been going on the last two weeks!  I started going to Lezginka classes for one thing.  Lezginka is a style of dance from the Caucasus region, and though the style varies from place to place, it basically mimics the flight of eagles.  It's a lot of fun and a really good… Continue reading Stars and Things