Any parent who grew up ruling the neighborhood streets on their bike, climbing trees, or flipping over rocks to see what they could scare up will want their kids to do the same.
Exploring Arizona can be beautiful, breathtaking and sometimes even thrilling. From rocky Grand Canyon trails to the secluded Sedona wilderness, thousands of hikers venture away from civilization.
“It’s a madhouse” is the first thing that my wife and I thought as we arrived at Anza-Borrego on a Thursday morning in March. We wanted to see the wildflower superblooms and thought we’d beat the crowd by visiting midweek. Everybody else clearly had the same idea. Hundreds of cars were trying to shoehorn into the tiny lot of state park headquarters. We aborted and drove past the dozens of frustrated drivers that had just pulled themselves off the road haphazardly like pick-up-sticks.
As the first American—and first woman—to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo, Tori Murden McClure is no stranger to challenges.
A camp-kitchen upgrade.
If you’re like us, you secretly love rehydrated backpacking meals. One, they’re super easy to make. Two, there’s almost no cleanup involved. And three, they taste better and better all the time. But sometimes you want a fresh meal when you’ve been hoofing it through the backcountry. Here’s a simple recipe to try:
Brakes—Hold. Fuel selector—Both tanks. Mixture—Full rich. Carburetor heat—Off. Circuit breakers—In. Primer—Three pumps. Throttle—Open quarter-inch. Battery master/alternator switch—On. Beacon—On. Propeller area—"Clear!" Ignition—Start.
I skid down the side of the mountain the moment I see the crash. My trail runners burn rubber as I launch myself over a boulder to get to the victim, a 44-year-old hang glider who caught a gnarly gust of wind coming over Big Bear Lake.
Cast the tanning lotion aside and jump, skip, hop, camp, hike or eat your way through summer vacay. With only three short months before we hit the books, you have to make the most of your break from accounting and biology. Broaden your summer landscape to include destinations other than those same sandy beaches you’ve vacationed to since you were five. Your Instagram fans will thank you. You might even acquire your next record-breaking photo.