2014 is going to be a great year for travel & adventure! We’ve just booked our flights to the United Kingdom for the early summer. On our list of things to explore there and in the states the rest of the year:
We kicked off our first adventure for the new year with an AWESOME hike near Phoenix (Apache Junction), Siphon Draw to the top of Flat Iron in the Superstition Mountains!
Our adventures went on a decline towards the last half of 2013 due to a busy work schedule but we still had a great year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cheers to many more adventures for 2014!
Living in a land locked state, we always miss the ocean. The ocean is a must see when we go home for Christmas and there’s no better way than to hop on a ferry to the quaint, seaside town of Port Townsend, Washington.
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Just a quick post with a few photos of one of the places we visited to end our 2013: Leavenworth, Washington.
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One of the most most interesting highlights in South Western Arizona is the historical Yuma Territorial Prison. From 1876 to 1909, this unique…. lodging, housed 3,069 prisoners whose crimes ranged from manslaughter to…. seduction.
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After a year of putting off exploring Madera Canyon, we finally made it out there and were pleasantly surprised. Not only did we get to see fall foliage, we also found a steep trail that led to an old, abandoned mine that operated in the 1900s.
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In 1878, the town of Clifton built a jail by blasting out two cells from a solid granite cliff. The jail was cut out by Margarito Verala who upon completion, Verala celebrated by heading to the town’s saloon for a drink of whiskey… or six. He was so pleased with his work that after imbibing whiskey, he proceeded to pull out his gun and shoot up Hovey’s Dance Hall to attract attention. He wanted to let everyone know that the jail had been completed! Unfortunately, the saloon’s proprietor was also the town’s sheriff and he did not take kindly to his saloon being shot up. Verala was arrested and became the jail’s first guest.
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This past weekend we had a mini adventure getaway to Flagstaff, where the elevation is higher and the breeze a bit nippy (for southern-Arizonian’s anyway). It was the perfect weather for a hike to Red Mountain!
Red Mountain is the remnant of a volcanic eruption approximately 750,000 years ago, relatively not too long ago (in earth’s terms) and this is evident in the landscape as foliage has not had enough time to grow over. Red Mountain is a bit unique in that it forms a ‘U’ shaped natural amphitheater, as opposed to a full cylindrical cone like most eruptions, allowing exposure of the internal structure of the volcano. Walking through and getting up close to this is like walking onto an epic movie set.
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