Fey Canyon Trail

Arizona is known for some incredible hiking. Not being much of a hiker, I tend to shy away from larger challenges, such as mountains, in favor of the more beaten path. During a beautiful spring day, I was lucky enough to drive through Sedona to a path known as the Fey Canyon Trail to take […]

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Horseshoe Bend

There are a ton of really cool natural wonders here in Arizona: The Grand Canyon, Montezuma Well, The Petrified Forest, The Painted Desert, and so many more. On a chilly winter trip up to Page, we decided to take a quick stop at one place you may have seen in photographs before: Horseshoe Bend.

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Antelope Canyon

Continuing on the natural wonder theme I have developed for Arizona, I wanted to see one of the most photographed places on Earth: Antelope Canyon. One photograph taken in this canyon sold for over a million dollars, and the image of this place can be seen as wallpaper on Mac and Windows machines alike. It […]

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Nutria Rats

On our swamp tour, one of the airboat passengers pointed out a large animal scurrying through the tall swamp grass. Our seasoned Bayou pilot slowed the boat and killed the engine. Before us stood a big fat swamp rat, which our guide called a Nutria rat. From there, he told us a little bit about […]

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Lafitte Swamp Tour

One thing that many people suggest that you do when visiting Louisiana is to take a swamp tour. They come in two flavors: The slower pontoon-style boat tours and the quicker airboat tours. For the uninitiated, airboats are the ones with the giant fan on the back that help the boat skim across very shallow […]

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Steamboat Natchez

One of the defining features of New Orleans is the mighty Mississippi river, which I learned recently is the third-longest river in the world. The bend in the river next to which the city was built gives it its nickname: The Crescent City. While visiting, I decided to do one of the most touristy things […]

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Urban Gardening: Phoenix

I’ve never really had much of a green thumb: My forays into growing plants were usually confined to elementary school science experiments with growing beanstalks from seeds wrapped in wet paper towels. Seeking to expand my growing horizons, I decided to undertake some balcony gardening with my wife. Given Arizona’s relentless heat and arid climate, […]

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Biosphere 2

Deep in the desert outside of a little town called Oracle, there exists one of the most impressive structures built in all of Arizona: Biosphere 2. It started with this intense futurist dream of space colonization, moved onto a much-publicized┬áscience experiment, and eventually landed as a branch of the University of Arizona. Prepare for a […]

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Goldfield Ghost Town

Arizona, as part of where the American “Old West,” had its fair share of boomtowns that went bust. These towns now stand as vacant testaments to the old Western way of life, complete with railroad stops, saloons, jails, and inns for passersby. These towns sometimes get refurbished and set up as tourist attractions, and one […]

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Petrified Forest National Park

When my parents told me that we would try to visit the Petrified Forest when I was a kid, I imagined huge trees clustered together, like a grand redwood forest, crystallized and magnificent. While my expectations were a bit incongruous with reality, I was finally able to visit the national park this summer to see […]

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