ANOTHER GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE ON CALVARY HILL ARIZONA

Today, I did my annual Good Friday pilgrimage on Calvary Hill Arizona.  It is a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet, plus another 6-mile bike ride (see the map). It took me 3 hours to do this bike-hike--bike round trip pilgrimage from my Scottsdale home.  The temperatures were in the upper 80s, which is normal …

RETURN TO CALVARY HILL ARIZONA, PINNACLE PEAK, TOM’S THUMB

Yeah! I have finally returned to my favorite trails in the McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale - the Calvary Hill Arizona. This is a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet that emulates the Calvary Hill in Jerusalem, including the 14 stations of the cross. The summit is at the exact same elevation - 2,500 …

TRIP TO SANTA FE OPERA: SEDONA HIKE, MISSED “HABOOB” IN PHOENIX

 Two Coffee Pot panorama shots, taken an hour-and-a-half apart... Aug 13, 2015 - Part 4: SEDONA & PHOENIX "HABOOB" We did the Teapot Trail round trip in two hours, roughly between 8:50AM and 10:50AM.  When we started, the temperature was around 85F. returned to the trailhead, it was 96F. Not surprisingly, we were the only car left in …

ST VITUS DAY HIKE ON TOM’S THUMB TRAIL LEAVES MY KNEES NUMB, HEART FULL

HONORING FALLEN SOLDIERS AND OTHER WAR VICTIMS OVER THE CENTURIES Today, June 28, is a very special day in history (JUNE 28, ST VITUS DAY… A MOMENTOUS DATE IN HISTORY).  So this afternoon, while Elizabeth took her kids and grandkids to a circus in downtown Phoenix, I headed up to McDowell Mtns over Scottsdale. This time, …