Ramsey Canyon Preserve & Hamburg Trail - Sierra Vista, AZI'd just finished reading Wynne Brown's biography of Sara Plummer Lemmon called "The Forgotten Botanist" and was reminded that Sara and her husband JG Lemmon spent a lot of time botanizing the Huachucas, an Arizona Sky Island I'd never visited before! I looked on a map and quickly started planning my trip there.
Heather-Maple Pass Loop - WashingtonGorgeous doesn't even begin to describe the beauty of this trail. I was grinning the entire time, I could. not. stop. grinning!! And also crying every now and then, from pure amazement of the scenery and also of my body slowly taking me up the trail.
August Art Hike Recap - Mt Bigelow, AZOur August Art Hike allowed us to explore the Bigelow Trail after an incredible week of monsoons in Tucson. The Santa Catalina Mountains have been gobbling up all of this rain, turning the mountains lush and green, and sending huge amounts of water down to the thirsty washes and desert below.
July Art Hike Recap - Bear Wallow, Mt Lemmon, AZThis month's Art Hike took us to one of my favorite areas of the Catalinas: Bear Wallow. I love this trail because it's fairly flat so it's accessible to most people and you get a lot of "bang for your buck" in terms of beauty. Gorgeous aspens, conifers, ferns and wildflowers can be found along this trail.
June Art Hike Recap - Marshall Gulch, Mt Lemmon, AZFor June's Art Hike we headed back up Mt Lemmon to one of my favorite trails: Marshall Gulch. We got incredibly lucky with some cloud cover because this trail can get warm in the sun. We had another great group come out to hike and paint, some new faces and some who joined us last month.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve - San Diego, CATorrey pine trees are a rare pine species only found in this area near San Diego and on Santa Rosa Island, 175 miles away off the coast of Santa Barbara. There's been a concerted effort to keep them protected since they are so rare.
May Art Hike Recap - Mt Lemmon Lookout, AZLast month I hosted the very first Arizona Art Hike with The Kula Academy! I've wanted to do something like this for years, to finally combine my paint brushes and my hiking boots was a dream come true. It's kind of why I went with the name Brushes and Boots.
Tanque Verde Ridge Trail - Saguaro National ParkFor living so close to Saguaro National Park, I don't make it there as much as I should. The Park is split into two districts, East and West, on either side of Tucson. The East district is 10 minutes from my home.
Phoneline Trail - Tucson, AZI haven't visited Sabino Canyon this much in years but this spring it's been calling my name! It's popular for a reason. I was delighted with how many blooming wildflowers and cacti I saw during this hike. Spring has sprung in the Sonoran Desert!
Mica View Trail - Saguaro National ParkIf you want to hike in Saguaro National Park but don't want to drive all the way into the Park, I have a not-so-secret secret to share with you: the Broadway Trailhead.
Lockett Meadow - Flagstaff, AZThe last few years I've taken a solo birthday trip around the end of September, beginning of October. It's one of my favorite traditions and I love...
From Chicago to Tucson
Four years ago this week I left my beloved city of Chicago and headed west with Tucson, AZ as my final destination. Rather than drive the 1,800 miles straight through over 3 days I decided to make an adventure out of it and planned a week long, solo road trip for myself. I crammed a lot into 7 days and definitely need to go back to some of these stops! It was a great introduction to the Southwest and I know there's still so much more for me to discover here.
- Acadia Round Barn
- Bandelier National Monument
- Cadillac Ranch
- Canyon de Chelly
- El Malpais National Momument
- El Morro National Monument
- Navajo Nation
- New Mexico
- red rock
- Route 66
- Salt River Canyon
- solo adventure
- solo hiking
- solo travel
- solo trip
- Spider Rock
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