Bartlett Lake / Tonto National Forest. 28 Oct 2020.

I took a few days off work and planned on doing some more local exploring. On Wednesday morning,  October 28th, I decided to check out Bartlett Lake Recreation Area, which is 22 miles (34 minutes) from Roundhouse. People often ask if I’ll miss the water in Arizona,  and I don’t think so… if I’m jonesing…

Usery Mountain Regional Park–Wind Cave Trail. Mesa, AZ. 11 Oct 2020.

Usery Mountain Regional Park (Mesa, Arizona) is 48 miles / 53 minutes from Roundhouse, and is part of the Maricopa County regional park system that accepts the annual pass we purchased yesterday. We arrived there this morning around 7:30AM, and although there is plenty of parking, the place was filling up pretty well. Our target…

Go John Trail. Cave Creek Regional Park. 10 October 2020.

Cave Creek Regional Park is 8.6 miles from Roundhouse (16 minute drive). It is $7 per vehicle to enter, or accessible using the $85 per year annual pass, which is good at all Maricopa County regional parks (including Spur Cross). This morning, Marie and I visited this new park (to us)…Cave Creek Regional Park, which…

Brewer Trail. Sedona, AZ. 4 Oct 2020.

On Sunday, October 4th, Marie and I decided to head up to Sedona and do a little hiking, hit a couple local shops, and have a leisurely lunch. I jumped on the AllTrails app to search for trails in Sedona, and it returned (literally) “500 Trails”. I selected a couple that looked good and we…

Tom’s Thumb Trail. Scottsdale. 3 Oct 2020

Tom’s Thumb Trail is 27 minutes (15 miles) from Roundhouse. On Saturday, October 3rd, we decided to go for a hike in the morning before running some local errands. We decided on Tom’s Thumb Trailhead since it was fairly close to home and we could get some great exercise with the elevations. There is plenty…