Carrie Nation Trail, Mt. Wrightson Wilderness, Arizona

Took an opportunity to hike a new trail while visiting a bed and breakfast for my Dad’s birthday. This is the lovely Madera Canyon near Tucson in Arizona, and it leads to a trailhead with some good hikes. I chose to check out a mine nearby.




Mt Wrightson is the high point of this range, and I was told the trek to it’s summit is about a 7 hour round trip. A hike for another day!






I knew I was close to the mine when I saw rusty objects. The mine was flooded and there was a creek leaking from it. Bugs were going nuts all over the water so after a couple pics I was outta there!




I got rattled at as I walked by this lil snake.



Road trip from Salt Lake to Phoenix, and back home.

Some cool museums in Los Angeles on our layover that was long enough to visit some cool museums.


Above is Alta, the snooty ski only resort in Utah, which unfortunately for the boarders is awesome, beautiful view of course. Below, our trip through the Utah snow country to our one day visit to Zion.


The lady at REI didn’t think it snowed in Zion, welp it was a winter wonderland. We didn’t wander far, but didn’t have to in order to see the magic.







Cute lil snowball snowman somebody made.

When we made it to Vegas the next night, our first stop was Culiacán (Mexico) style sushi. IT WAS AMAZING! Rice, bacon, chicken, sour cream, cheese, tempura crust, etc… Yeah baby!


Above, a panorama near the Hoover Dam, below, a panorama from my ol mountain challenge Camelback peak.



A lil wandering around Scottsdale for some Cartel coffee, and then a flight home the next morning. Nothin beats those watery sunsets :)



Phantom Ranch & Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon

It’s awesome to trek over the iconic suspension bridges over the Colorado River on the South Kaibab Trail. These lead to Phantom Ranch, a camping area, and watering hole for weary hikers. Mitsy was able to grab a bandaid for one of her blisters.


The water is cold and refreshes the feet after a long trek down.




Kind of hard to believe how lush it is on the trail from Phantom Ranch. The greenery is complimented by the sounds of laughter and a babbling stream.

The second suspension bridge, and as far as I’m concerned the start to the Bright Angel trail heading up. It’s got a grated bottom to assist those of us with our fear of heights.


Little froggy I found on the trail. Below, Mitsy jumps through one of the handfull of stream crossings along the way up the Bright Angel Trail.





A long way to go, but we’ve also come a long way!



Tired but keeping the pace strong.



And then a wild batman appears! (Halloween is just a few days away)




This cave marks about the mile left mark, we are thrilled!! Below, we are just steps from the Visitor’s Center, and very happy to score some ice cream.


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