Fall Down, Arizona.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 1. Fall Down, Arizona (to tune of Bear down, Arizona): Fall down, Arizona, Fall down, black and blue. Fall down, Arizona, You know damn well you’re through. So it’s Trip! Fall! Drop that ball! Arizona, you are screwed! 2. Here comes the band The U of A band With endless repetition. The … Read more

Obama speaks

Rob and I decided to walk over to the Obama rally yesterday. It was lively and crowded, and it’s clear that he has the support of younger voters. I’m leaning towards Obama, but haven’t paid enough attention yet to make a decision. Frankly, after 7 disastrous years of Bush, I’ll be happy as long as … Read more

Ready for a vacation

It’s been tough the last couple of weeks staying productive at work. First, there’s just a ton of stuff to do. I’m busy enough trying to catch up on things that I had neglected during the Ironwood Forest comment period. But several new things have popped up in the meantime, most notably working with the … Read more

Trip planning

Kim and I spent most of the day today planning out our July roadtrip. It’s our ten year anniversary, so we’re going being quite ambitious, but I think it’s really going to be a great trip. The main attraction is a visit to Glacier National Park, but we’ll also be hitting a long list of … Read more

A Mother’s Day hike

This Mother’s Day, Kim and I decided to take my Mom out for a nice streamside hike. Parsons Trail, in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area within Coconino National Forest, has been on my “to-hike” list for about 12 years, and is flagged in several guides books I own. It was time. While we didn’t get … Read more

40,000 miles

Well, it took only 58 weeks for us to hit the 40,000 mile mark on our Subaru Forester. While I’ve certainly been using it quite a bit for work, nearly 12,000 of those miles came from three road trips we took. Last April, we headed up to Utah to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National … Read more

A year of Flickr

According to the email notices, I’ve been Flickr “pro” subscriber for an entire year now. I was a bit skeptical when I first joined, especially since I already ran my own hiking pictures website, but I’m quite glad I went ahead and paid the $25. First, it’s very easy to use, and I am usually … Read more

Sipapu gets out of the house

Despite our plans to backpack to Lousy Canyon in Agua Fria National Monument (scrapped late Friday night), then hike to Pueblo Pato via Badger Springs (scrapped Saturday morning, and again Sunday morning after we got up too late both days), we managed only a short hike in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (pictures here). We wandered … Read more

Out for a walk

It’s been a tough week, and I decided that I should skip out on two service projects and take the weekend off. Unfortunately, Kim’s pretty sick, so we weren’t able to go camping as I had originally intended. Instead, I left Kim at home on Saturday and met my mom for a short hike in … Read more