Travel & Adventure

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Yukon 2020ne™: The Adventure of a Lifetime

Yukon 2020ne™: The Adventure of a Lifetime

Fingers and toes crossed that by May 24, 2021, I’ll be in the middle of the Klondike, dropped off by a floatplane. The drop-off marks the start of an epic expedition known as Yukon 2020ne™. 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.

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival features in-person and virtual tours this year

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival features in-person and virtual tours this year

Pandemic restrictions took hold in Arizona last year shortly before the annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival occurred, so the Friends of the Verde River really had to scramble to offer even just a few virtual events.

This year’s festival on April 22-25 is still limited by the pandemic, but organizers have had plenty of time to expand the virtual offerings while also reviving some limited in-person birding excursions, including a new tour at the Alcantara Vineyards in Camp Verde.

A Northern AZ Staycation

A Northern AZ Staycation

We may be living in this pandemic world until the beginning of summer.  That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun – safely.  You may not feel comfortable traveling too far outside of the comfort and safety of your home.  We’ve curated this list of staycation ideas for your possible staycation fun.

Arizona’s very own Shangri-La; Castle Hot Springs resort is back

Arizona’s very own Shangri-La; Castle Hot Springs resort is back

Nestled at the southern tip of the Bradshaw Mountains amidst towering saguaros and jagged sunburned rocks, a true Sonoran Shangri-La once existed.

It was the winter home of Gilded Age titan families including the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, who spent their mornings on horseback with local ranching families such as the Champies before relaxing in the natural hot springs or playing a round at Arizona’s first golf course.

Important suffrage sites still stand in Prescott, Phoenix and Cottonwood

Important suffrage sites still stand in Prescott, Phoenix and Cottonwood

A beautiful Victorian on North Mount Vernon was home to both Pauline O’Neill and Frances Willard Munds, so it was the site of countless suffragist planning meetings. That makes it one of the most important Arizona suffrage sites for Heidi Osselaer, Arizona State University history professor and an expert on the subject.

White Mountains Fall Foliage

White Mountains Fall Foliage

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.

Now is the time to savor the Verde Valley wine crush

Now is the time to savor the Verde Valley wine crush

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.

Yukon 2020™: The Adventure of a Lifetime

Yukon 2020™: The Adventure of a Lifetime

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.

Go Ahead: Spend the Night in the Wilderness … I Dare You

Go Ahead: Spend the Night in the Wilderness … I Dare You

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.

Head up to the cool country for Flagstaff Blues & Brews

Head up to the cool country for Flagstaff Blues & Brews

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.

The Most Magnificent Place

The Most Magnificent Place

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.