Tag: desert

Happy 7th!

birthday girl

Every year I try to do something special on Xena’s birthday. This year, we celebrated my sweet girl’s milestone birthday at the Mojave Desert last week. After an exhilarating hike that included a standoff with a wild bull, chasing after jackrabbits, getting cactus spines removed from a paw in the middle of a hike, and

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Hualapai Mountain: A Forest in the Desert

Hualapai Mountain Park is 15 miles from Kingman, AZ  A forest in the desert? Yes! Although it was 82 degrees in Kingman at 4:30 PM, it was at least 10 degrees cooler at the main trailhead. The trailhead was pretty empty on that late Sunday afternoon. We parked next to the yellow gate and began

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Hidden Valley via Mormon Trail

Hidden Valley is in the South Mountain Park just 8 miles outside of Phoenix, Arizona. There is a parking lot at the trailhead but if it’s full, you should be able to find free parking on the street. The South Mountain Park has an extensive trail system and this is one of the many hikes

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Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree

As you know from my last week’s post, I went hiking in Joshua Tree National Park in January. Sadly, dogs are not allowed on hiking trails so my sister and I went to the park ourselves to hike Ryan Mountain – the second highest point in Joshua Tree – and had to leave Xena at

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