The season is here when we all start heading outdoors for camping, hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities that could bring us eye-to-eye with deer ticks, that nasty little bug that brings with it Lyme Disease. May is Lyme Disease Awareness month and a good time to share information about staying protected from ticks […]Read more "How to avoid deer tick bites and Lyme Disease"
Mike Dechter, the NEPA Coordinator of the Forest Service’s 1.856-million acre Coconino National Forest, have had a continuing conversation about the Forest Service’s recently implemented Travel Management Plan. The Plan has been under development for several years as a way to control and manage the National Forests and to prevent irreparable damage. In the process, […]Read more "New free 2015 Motor Vehicle Use Map available for Coconino National Forest"
This sign (photo) appeared at the end of our driveway a couple days ago warning residents of the canyon of a new resident, a young mountain lion. For me, this was exciting news, as with all my years hiking in the wild, stalking and tracking wildlife, and attempting to spot signs of wildlife presence, spotting […]Read more "What to do if you cross paths with a mountain lion"
Think of your RV as an exploration machine, able to take you to places where you can live comfortably while pursuing elusive wildlife, photographing exploding Spring wildflowers, or spotting migrating neo-tropical birds. Unfortunately, snowbirds that leave their winter roost to head back to Canada, the Midwest, or Pacific Northwest seldom see La Tortuga, the desert […]Read more "Wildlife Tracking: Stalking La Tortuga, the endangered desert tortoise"
Escapees from the cold Canadian, Pacific Northwestern, and Mid-Western winters, descend to the Southwestern Deserts for the winter, but by March, you will find a continuous caravan of motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, pop-tops, truck campers, and converted busses strung out along the interstates, all heading back north. Just as they flocked in at the beginning […]Read more "The Spring explosion of color in the Southwestern Deserts"
“Anybody home,” a voice called, jolting me from my fixation on the computer monitor. I expected to see only lizards and roadrunners at this isolated desert campsite on a seldom-used road a good two country miles from the main highway. A young man in his early 20s, flushed from walking–or embarrassment–asked if I could give […]Read more "Good Deeds and Guardian Angels"
Can it be that winter is almost over? Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day confirming six more weeks of winter, it depends on where you are whether the warmer weather on the West coast means Spring has already arrived or the Arctic blast now hitting the Midwest and East coast will […]Read more "Will 2015 be a dynamite Spring wildflower season?"