Travel & AdventureSometimes you have to get out of town.
The spectacular aspen stands in the White Mountains offer a wonderful day trip in search of fall foliage. Thousands of new aspens have sprung up from the devastation of the 2011 Wallow wildfire, Arizona’s largest at 538,000 acres. These thick aspen stands are now 10-20 feet tall as they emerge amid the blackened stumps of mixed conifer near mature forestlands that survived the flames.
The Verde Valley wine scene has blossomed into dozens of vineyards and tasting rooms during the 21st Century. With the harvest season in full swing, this is the perfect time of year to enlist on a day trip that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Just as this issue of Prescott Woman magazine hits the stands, I’ve been dropped off by floatplane in the middle of the Klondike. The drop-off marks the start of an epic expedition known as Yukon 2020™. It’s a record-setting, 60-day, self-supported canoe adventure along all 2,000 miles of the Yukon River from the Canadian Rockies to the Bering Sea in Alaska.
Why is a wildlife cinematographer who specializes in Arctic wildlife and underwater filming living in Prescott?
If you’re thinking of spending a night or more out in the wild, I have some suggestions for you. I highly recommend, especially if you are planning to take your kids, that you start in your own backyard. Once you have your tent, your sleeping bag, and pad, set them up and spend the night close to home. This simple “trial” can be a fun adventure and can teach you a lot in one quick night. When I look at backpacking from a beginner’s standpoint, it can be an overwhelming experience.
There’s no cooler place to hang out during Arizona’s hot, dry month of June than 7,000 feet high in Flagstaff. Add two days of eclectic blues music, a tasty variety of beers and a wide expanse of green grass, and you get perfection with the Flagstaff Blues & Brews Music Festival.
Getting from Tel Aviv to Petra was no easy feat; it was quite an adventure. After a short flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat Israel, the journey really began. You cannot rent a car in Israel and drive across the border, so from the airport we caught a cab to the border, where we would cross by foot into Jordan.
After one year of planning, saving, and anticipation, ten women – nine from Prescott and one from Colorado (see group photo above) – headed off on what would become an amazing two-week journey. After a 30-hour journey from PHX > LAX > HKG > CNX), our first stop was Chiang Mai, in the mountains of northern Thailand.
Dean and Prayeri Harrison opened their Out of Africa Wildlife Park in May 2005 in Camp Verde after originating in Fountain Hills back in 1988. Some of the wild animals now have room to run up and down hills on more than 104 acres of the Upper Sonoran Desert at an elevation of 3,400 feet. The park is home to 86 species including 42 mammals, 27 reptiles and 17 birds.
For almost as long as people have owned cars, they’ve been driving around to view Christmas lights from the comfort of their vehicles, often with hot chocolate and cookies in hand. Once your parents treat you to this holiday tradition, you’re likely to carry it on for the rest of your life to rekindle those warm childhood holiday memories.
A day trip to the Juniper Well Ranch and nearby Barnstar Brewery is only a leisurely half-hour’s drive from Prescott, but it truly feels like a world away. The short jaunt leaves plenty of extra time for getting to know the new friends you’re sure to make.
If Goldilocks is a bluegrass and acoustic music fan, she surely would choose the annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival in Flagstaff.