Day Tripping to Madera Canyon

Prior to last September, I had not heard of Madera Canyon, which is somehow less than an hour from Tucson and also the home base of Mt. Wrightson, the tallest mountain in Southern Arizona.  However, I went from not knowing a thing about this place to visiting in September, December, and January, and I can…

Hidden Gems: US Route 60

Besides  the well-known National Parks, the US Park Service also recognizes certain National Rivers such as the New River in West Virginia.  This “park” technically includes 70,000 acres of land along the river, and the best way to see it all, in my opinion is the two-lane Route 60. This is my favorite day trip…

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,…

Finishing Freshman Year

The school year is winding down, and it’s finally starting to feel that way.  The last week was basically THE WEEK for end-of-the-year projects and events, but fortunately there are still a few ways to relax.  My highlights were definitely karaoke and French pastries – unfortunately not at the same time.  And though this weekend…

For the Time Being

There’s a Sylvia Plath quote I used in my graduation speech that says, “Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now.  Live it.  Feel it.  Cling to it.”  I finished reading a really good book this morning called A Tale for the Time Being that talks a lot about the way time passes and how we…

The Secret to Getting Ahead

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” That’s what Mark Twain said once, and I’m taking my love of Mark Twain and putting that quote into action by taking some college classes the summer before freshman year.

Montserrat

That’s right; Saturday’s trip was Montserrat.  Most people probably know the abbey for Our Lady of Montserrat, a statue of the Black Madonna found there in the 9th century.  We did go in the monastery, and it was cool to see the statue, but my favorite part of the trip was the 10k of hiking…