barrel cactus with yellow flowers

Bright yellow flowers explode from Barrel Cactus after drenching monsoon rains

After drenching monsoon rains in the Phoenix area, I spotted this barrel cactus with bright yellow flowers at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass resort

creosoted plant with flowers on its branches

Humble creosote bush produces a fragrant aroma when it rains in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun

The humble creosote bush is the plant responsible for the desert rain aroma that some fragrance makers try to replicate.

Willow Springs Lake and forest

This short and easy trail to Willow Springs Lake gets more scenic the further you hike

If you’re looking for a relatively short hike with beautiful scenery on the Mogollon Rim, take a stroll on the trail to Willow Springs Lake from the Horse Trap Trailhead near Forest Lakes.

View of Willow Springs Lake from treelined shore

Look no further than Willow Springs Lake on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim for relief from the desert heat

Need a break from Arizona’s heat? Look no further than Willow Springs Lake, about 30 miles east of Payson on the Mogollon Rim.

Large pieces of petrified trees lie in pieces in a section of Arizona's Painted Desert

A visit to Petrified Forest National Park is like traveling millions of years back in time

In addition to large deposits of fossilized wood, Petrified Forest National Park also features ancient petroglyphs and hundreds of acres of Arizona’s jaw-dropping Painted Desert.

Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide author Paul Fiarkoski shares five underrated destinations with Kristen Keogh on Here With Her podcast

Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide Journal author Paul Fiarkoski joined Kristen Keogh on the Here With Her podcast to discuss his book. Paul talks about a big move that inspired the book and shares five underrated experiences from the fifty must-see natural wonders highlighted in his book.

3 reasons to put Hanging Garden Trail near Page on your Arizona bucket list

Unlike some of the more popular natural wonders in the Page, AZ area, Hanging Garden is a spectacular short trail that’s easy to access, with no fee.

Arizona Sycamore tree with unusual hole in its trunk

Sedona: Land of mysterious red rocks, vortexes, aliens and this peculiar Arizona Sycamore tree

Sedona is well known for mysterious sightings and happenings: Red rock formations, vortexes and alien encounters for example. Add this peculiar Arizona Sycamore tree to the list.

Hedgehog cactus in bloom

This strawberry hedgehog cactus can’t contain the color

A Low growing desert cactus that grows in clusters, the hedgehog cactus is known for bright flowers that bloom April to late May.

Madera Secret Waterfall

This secret, hidden waterfall in Madera Canyon may be the most accessible in Arizona

Everything you need to know about finding the secret, hidden waterfall in Madera Canyon Recreation Area south of Tucson, Arizona.

CCC campsite in Seven Springs Recreation Area.

Three day digital detox itinerary in Tonto National Forest of Arizona

I found myself needing one of those digital detoxes that have become the thing to do. In this post, I’ll share the complete itinerary of my 3-day detox, complete with pictures.

Snow blankets the rugged landscape of Sedona, AZ

A look back at Arizona’s epic winter storm of 2019

Arizona was already on track for an above average winter in the precipitation department. Then a massive storm swept in on Wednesday, February 20. It hovered over the state for nearly three days, dumping record amounts of rain and snowfall.