Category Archives: Relationships

Life Is A Teacher, Time Is a Healer

As I have sat in “bloody” quarantine (been watching British Netflix shows) contemplating the great outdoors and missing my wintertime treks into the desert, I have continued to read vociferously (between rounds of Spider Solitaire) and to watch some outstanding … Continue reading

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Phoenix Mountain Preserve to Sunrise Peak and Brewery Stops

At our condo in Phoenix, I often see some interesting looking hiking trails in a small section of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve just north of Northern Ave. The trails appear to have no name but they are clearly used and … Continue reading

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Socially Distanced on the Gateway, Bell Pass, and Windgate Loop Trail + Some Isolated Brewery Stops

Another weekend, another hike, another brewery. I must confess that we actually went to two breweries Saturday night on the western part of the Valley of the Sun. Carolyn and I put our Pub Pass and our Recoupon book into … Continue reading

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Hiking With An Attitude of Gratitude: Pass Mountain and Granite Mountain Thanksgiving Week Hikes

After our quick San Diego trip, we returned to the desert for more hikes. The weekend before Thanksgiving, Carolyn and I went and hiked the Pass Mountain Loop Trail located in the Usery Mountain Regional Park. We hiked about 7.6 … Continue reading

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A November To Remember: The San Diego Hikes

Friday the 13th of November, exactly eight months to the day that I was officially furloughed from my hotel position in Phoenix. (Friday the 13th of March) Since we were in San Diego on the day I was notified, Carolyn … Continue reading

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A November to Remember: Hiking the Desert

Socially distanced hiking in unseasonably warm weather seems reasonable to me. Since being furloughed in March, I refuse to be “locked down” indoors and have continued to enjoy simple adventures around the areas that I live. Carolyn had been requesting … Continue reading

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From the Mountains to the Desert: More October Hikes in AZ

One of the best parts of living in Arizona is the different climate zones for outdoor activities that are all close enough to be in whatever type of hiking you desire. So one weekend we can be in a cooler … Continue reading

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From the Desert to the Mountains: October in Arizona

It was another warm Saturday in Phoenix when Carolyn tells me that we should go for a hike at the Cave Creek Regional Park, a Maricopa County Park. A 30 minute drive from our condo and we find ourselves in … Continue reading

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Down In The Florida Keys: Part 2

It was rainy season and we expected to get some rain and we did on several of the days but we always had sunshine as well. The Casa Marina is a fairly old complex but lots of action going on … Continue reading

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Down In The Florida Keys

About a year ago, Carolyn had suggested that we should try to get a room in Key West, Florida if and when any came available using my employee rates. We eventually were able to book five nights for our birthdays … Continue reading

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