A few surprises in the Chiricahua Mountains

February 13 – 15, 2017. We had already been up a long stretch of muddy road when we saw the yellow ‘Bump Ahead’ sign. It looked just like one you see on an interstate, except that the words ‘next 23 miles’ had been added at the bottom. We pushed on, finding a boondocking site in …read more

Boondocking near Tombstone

February 9 – 12, 2017. We had Tombstone in our sights. Gunslingers, lawmen, and gamblers, the swinging doors of gritty saloons, marked cards, the smell of stale whisky, colorful dance hall girls, covered wagons on dusty streets, the Earps, Doc Holiday, the O.K. Corral, and visions of Val Kilmer saying “I’m your huckleberry.” Awesome – …read more

The Coronado Forest & Tumacácori

February 5 – February 8, 2017. For me going down is far scarier than going up. This is especially true when hiking up a steep rock face, but also when I am securely strapped into a tall rolling metal box, even though I am sure the peril is equal going either way on wheels. This …read more

Boondocking in the Sonoran Desert

January 21 – January 24, 2017. Two Army guys with M-16s strapped to their backs pull up on four-wheelers. ‘Oh’, one says. ‘From a distance it looked like you were parked past that fence. Never mind. You’re fine here.’ They drive off. A ranger came by earlier. He said to watch out for ‘illegals’ and …read more