Phoenix, Arizona: Volume 1.🌵

Shot of Northern Phoenix during the fires. Routinely ranked as the hottest state in the United States, during summertime Phoenix lives up to its claim to fame. We moved here at the very beginning of March, when it was still at a normal, functionable temperature, and were sadly fooled into thinking “this isn’t bad, what’s …

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Lakes of Prescott: Watson and Lynx.

Watson Lake. Prescott, Arizona’s two most popular lakes, Watson, and Lynx, could not be any more different from one another. Watson is a geographical wonder, with rocks that look like they were transported straight from Mars. Lynx is much more of a run-of-the-mill lake, nice and relaxing, but nothing special. These are not the only …

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Bearizona: Bison, Wolves, and Bears, oh my!

In northern Arizona, right off I-40 (one of America’s major cross-country highways), is a super cool place called Bearizona. It is exactly what it sounds like. Coined as a “wildlife and safari park”, the park is most known for the black bears that freely roam around (in an enclosed area; I’ll explain more in a …

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Woot, woot, in the butte (Thumb Butte, Arizona).

Jetting high into the sky, Thumb Butte sits proudly as a distinctive landmark of Prescott, Arizona. Nestled in the Prescott National Forest, Thumb Butte is so prominent that it’s difficult to miss, even many miles out. Hiking Thumb Butte is popular, although when we went, we only came across about 8 people along the entire …

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Montezuma Castle National Monument: “It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there.”

"It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there,” declared the hilariously blunt opening line on the back of the magnet I bought at the gift shop. In fact, the “castle” was abandoned almost an entire century (some say 40 years) before the famous Aztec emperor was even born. It got its name when early …

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Northern Arizona: The Land of Freak Snowstorms.

Beware of the 10. It's a 2-lane interstate and the most southern highway from California to Phoenix. A semi overturned and it became a parking lot because there is literally nowhere else to go. Purgatory. When you think of Arizona, what first comes to mind? It's probably something along the lines of hot, barren, desert, …

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