tarantula in Big Bend National Park

Tarantulas!

All through my formative years, my aunt and uncle had a pet tarantula. A strange choice of pet, no doubt, but Uncle Jim loves the Desert Southwest more than just about anyone else I know, so I guess it made...

saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Close your eyes and picture a cactus standing in the desert. I’m going to guess your imaginary cactus friend is a saguaro! Am I right? Saguaro (pronounced “sah-WAR-oh”) cacti, standing tall with cartoon arms, are all over pop culture, but...

monument valley dog

Monument Valley, AZ

At first glance on the internet, it seems that if you don’t do a guided tour of Monument Valley, you can’t really do anything at all there. So we lined up a guided tour with Black’s Monument Valley Tours, and...

bugsy on the beach

Three Days in Page, AZ

Page is in northernmost Arizona, a gateway town to natural wonders like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell (ok, not totally natural, but wonderous), and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We went for a few hikes and...

Hiking in Sedona, AZ

The scenery in Sedona is gorgeous, with towering red rocks in every direction you look. The problem with all that beauty so close to a town is that the town is overrun with people shopping, eating, hiking, driving really slowly, causing a...