The Seduction of Scottsdale
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The Seduction of Scottsdale

There’s something sexy about the desert.  I’ve often heard the allure of the desert is as enticing as a drug.  Perhaps it’s the sultry hot days as the brown of the earth morphs into the blue of the sky as heat waves blur the distance.  It could be the ruggedness of the landscape.  Maybe it’s … Continue reading

Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis
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Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis

Joshua trees are known for their spiky leafed, branches reaching for the heavens are ubiquitous in most of Joshua Tree National Park, but not on this trail.  The elevation is too low for the yuccas (Joshua trees don’t have rings so they are not really trees).  Instead, you’ll find palm trees in this secluded oasis … Continue reading

Joshua Tree’s Most Dangerous Hike
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Joshua Tree’s Most Dangerous Hike

It’s Joshua Tree National Park’s most dangerous hike.  Not because of the extreme heat, rattlesnakes, or rugged terrain, but because of the “teddy bear” cactus.  It sounds cuddly, but it’s not.  You are literally surrounded by cacti in the Cholla Cactus Garden.  It’s one of the shortest hikes in Joshua Tree, but could easily be … Continue reading

“In God’s Country” in Joshua Tree National Park
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“In God’s Country” in Joshua Tree National Park

“I wanna run, I wanna hide.  I wanna tear down the walls that hold me inside.”  Those are the first words of “Where the Streets Have No Name.”  Those are the opening words of the legendary rock band U2’s album The Joshua Tree.  For years I had wanted to go to the mythical and magical … Continue reading