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
Arizona-Sonora Desert MuseumThe Desert Museum is part zoo, part natural history museum, part botanical garden, part aquarium, art gallery and institute. The majority of the museum is outdoors with plenty of paved and gravel trails to follow. I loved the native flowers and plants that filled the walkways. The Sonoran Desert proved once again to be an infinite source of inspiration for me.
Marshall Gulch Trail After the Bighorn FireI hadn't been on this trail since the devastating Bighorn Fire burned almost 200,000 acres of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It was started by a lightning strike on June 5, 2020 near Bighorn Mountain (hence the name) and burned until July 23, 2020. Due to an almost non-existent monsoon season and extremely dry conditions the wildfire spread quickly from one side of the Catalinas to the other. It was gut wrenching to see the entire mountain up in flames and see billows of smoke from my backyard.
John Muir Trail - Gear ListIt's time for everyone's favorite topic: gear!
John Muir Trail - Week 4, Part 3 (Days 24-25) THE END"As I turned on to Hwy 395 heading south I too a final look at Whitney and blew her a kiss. It was finally time to head home. This had been the most challenging but incredible experience. I'm so proud of what I've done."
John Muir Trail - Week 4, Part 2 (Day 23)"I knew on Day 1 that I'd make it. I told myself that out loud while hiking up Cottonwood Pass 22 days ago. Though that confidence and bravery had wavered a bit I felt a renewed sense of belief in myself and I was proving that I was strong and brave."
John Muir Trail - Week 4, Part 1 (Days 21-22)"Don't tell me I don't have to climb any passes when I have two sections climbing over 1,000 ft! Who designed this stupid trail?! I was officially not having fun. I was tired, and cold, and now it was starting to snow?!?"
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