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Photographing the Christmas Star (aka Star of Bethlehem)

December 20, 2020 |

With having visited Bethlehem back on 24-Sep-2019, we couldn’t miss a glimpse of the Star of Bethlehem. But, not just a glimpse… took the extra step in photographing this rare great conjunction of the two planets – Jupiter and Saturn. The two worlds aligned to form a super-bright point of light some call the Christmas Star. Forbes and Live Science had great articles on the topic.

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Dancing the YMCA with the President of the United States

October 28, 2020 |

My first time seeing any president up close and personal. Somehow President Trump chose our little town of Bullhead City, AZ for his rally. It was so interesting to witness Secret Service, Presidential K9s, motorcades, Air Force One landing and departing. It was a great showing of what a peaceful demonstration looks like. The event started with prayer and continued with the pledge of allegiance plus talk of hope and recovery. I got to dance with the president (along with 15,000 others in attendance)! Read More

Easy Hike: Red Mountain Trail (Flagstaff, AZ)

October 15, 2020 |

You’ll find visiting Flagstaff that you’ll be surrounded by mountains, desert and ponderosa pines and known for its San Francisco Peaks, Humphreys Peak (Arizona’s tallest mountain at 12,633 feet in elevation) and the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. Those are the more popular aspects of Flagstaff but we found this gem of a hike within the Coconino National Forest – Red Mountain Trail (GPS). Read More

SUP and Wild Horses on the Salt River (Mesa, AZ)

September 12, 2020 |

A great reunion with friends from Hawaii who moved to Phoenix. Wanna know how to love where you live? Explore it and enjoy the outdoors like our friends do. Read More

Off Roading in the Hualapai Mountains (Arizona)

May 24, 2020 |

Off to Kingman for a fun outing with neighbors. It’ll be our first time exploring the trails of the Hualapai Mountains.
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Off Roading: Stumbled Upon the United Oatman Mine (Arizona)

March 31, 2020 |

Went exploring about ~15 miles from home on the Polaris Rzr to get some fresh air. Blessed that social distancing is easy to practice when you’re outdoors in our area… simply, because there’s lots of land to spread out and there aren’t as many people as you find in the big cities. On this ride, we discovered the United Oatman Mine. In one word – creepy!
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Slot Canyons, Caves and Hot Springs (Arizona and Nevada Borders)

July 20, 2019 |

Had an impressive 2-day, back-to-back jet ski adventure with The Armstrongs exploring parts of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the outdoors in our desert summer heat waves which exceeded 100°F. But wearing / bringing sun protection, having ice cold drinks in a cooler and taking an occasional dip in the water helped keep our cool. Not a sunburn or feeling of heat stroke. Enjoy a glimpse of the area we visited with the videos I’ve put together. Read More

Jet skiing Lake Mohave (Arizona & Nevada)

July 2, 2019 |

How do we enjoy the outdoors with the high of 104°F here? We are up & at em at 5:30am. Get to Lake Mohave by 7:00am. Although, in hindsight, sunrise’s at 5:23am so, that would be the optimal time to arrive at the lake in order to beat: (1) any weekday crowd, if any (2) the heat (3) the winds. Read More