Camping, desert, & small space living

Southern Arizona Dispersed Camping: Mt. Bigelow

In the second week of July, we had a friend in town for around 7 days. Said friend had never been camping, and we aren’t ones to turn down a camping trip. Since it’s summer and way too hot to camp comfortably in our usual haunts, we knew we’d be …

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Featured Photo: Haboob in Tucson

After an abysmal 2020 season, the Arizona monsoon showed up in style on the evening of July 10th, 2021. The skies over the Rincón Mountains darkened, the wind picked up, and the air took on a beige tint as a haboob crashed across Tucson. A haboob is a large cloud …

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Fun and Free in Tucson: El Tiradito Wishing Shrine

Tucked in an alcove behind El Minuto Cafe in Tucson’s oldest neighborhood, El Tiradito wishing shrine is everything you could want: creepy, cool, touching, and steeped in history and lore. Ever since I read about this place on Atlas Obscura years ago, I’ve wanted to visit. And as I was in downtown …

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Featured Photo: Monsoon Sunset in Tucson

There was a lovely full moon on June 24th, but we were partial to the sunset. Why? Because we got our first measurable rain in over 90 days. Monsoon is our favorite time of year. It’s the annual weather pattern shift that brings powerful thunderstorms with brilliant lightning and bone-shaking …

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