Posts Tagged ‘hiking’
By Laine Seaton
Isn’t it ironic how often the things which are supposed to make our lives better and easier, end up adding more stress, complication and sometimes even harm? Take your cell phone, for instance. At first you’re in love with the zillion-and-one things it can do for you. The ultimate convenience, you say to yourself. But then this seemingly innocent device starts to own you, sucking up excruciating amounts of attention, and you find yourself utterly compelled to check your email at 3 a.m. just because you can.
An article from iDigitalTimes reveals that U.S. smartphone users check their phones at least 100 times per day, and often more. Kyle McMahon of the Huffington Post writes, “We aren’t experiencing life. We’re losing moments with every tap. It’s cheating, really. We may be physically present with our friends and loved ones but we’re texting someone else.” It’s no wonder, then, why the word “unplug” has become a popular term for disconnecting from the 24/7 noise of our digital world. In fact, “unplug” was the fifth most popular New Year’s resolution on Twitter for 2015, right behind stopping smoking. Read more
By Katie Snyder
Want to get to know Arizona? Then use your feet! From Flagstaff to Tucson, through majestic pine forests and stunning desert landscapes, there are countless hiking trails to suit all fitness levels. Hit the trails and see what the Arizona countryside has to offer!
Northern Arizona: Cathedral Rock, Sedona
Sedona is known for its red rock canyons and beautiful scenery, including the iconic rock formation known as Cathedral Rock. While this trek is considered moderately difficult, even those less experienced can experience the joy of hiking this geological attraction. Hikers will start off on a relatively flat trail before climbing onto rocks that lead to the Cathedral Rock. Over time, hikers have worn a path to make it easier to reach the saddle points, but be ready to climb, crawl and exert some energy if you plan on making it to the top of the trail. Once you get there, the payoff is well worth it, with panoramic views of the valley beyond.
The organizers of the Tres Rios Nature Festivals welcome nature lovers, visitors and families to another outstanding outdoor event celebrating the riparian zone developed at of the confluence of the Tres Rios. The one-day fall festival takes place at the location known as Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Base and Meridian Wildlife Area (B&M Wildlife Area) in Avondale, Arizona on the river banks near the convergence of the Salt, Gila and Agua Fria rivers (Tres Rios).
ProShred, and eGreenITsolutions will be on site from 9 am to 1 pm providing free services for shredding documents and recycling electronics. Safely destroy your documents containing sensitive and personal information, as well as recycle unwanted electronics such as: TVs, computers, computer monitors, laptops, cell phones, and printers. Event attendees can bring up to three grocery bags or two banker boxes full of paper (additional shredding is $3.00 per box). Read more
By Kimbel Westerson
The first time I went to Sedona, I hiked Boynton Canyon, the site of one of the four main energy vortexes in the area. At the overlook two-tenths of a mile off the main trail, tucked away back against the curve of a rock, I watched as the Navajo sandstone flamed red and orange, shadows shifted and darkened and then disappeared. I exhaled and closed my eyes and just sat in one place in that one moment and waited. I don’t know if there was a vortex or not, or what that was supposed to feel like, but I do know that I sat there. I was present and allowed myself to be still, and was grateful to be reminded that the natural world feeds me. Read more
By Sarah Ley
With impending summer temperatures that soon will be creeping into the 100s around the Valley, many families will head to Northern Arizona for a respite from the intense desert heat. Flagstaff is commonly referred to as “the gateway to the Grand Canyon,” but there is much more to this college town than meets the eye. It’s also an outdoor haven offering year-round opportunities to become one with nature, including many hikes of all levels of difficulty for adventurous families. So, bring the children- because there is no shortage of great trails, and you’ll find endless hiking without the crowds or the high costs associated with the Grand Canyon. Here are several simple hikes for families with children in tow. Read more
By Edward R. Ricciuti
Taylor Mitchell’s career as a folk singer was taking off, big-time, two years ago. The 19-year-old from Toronto, Canada, had just released her first album, been invited to perform in the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and in October was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as Young Performer of the Year. A few days after the nomination, she was dead, savaged by coyotes in an attack that made international headlines and was the subject of an hour-long show on the National Geographic Channel. Read more