When I first started playing golf quite a few years ago, the game was more often the butt of jokes rather than the prestigious sports competition it is today, with its million-dollar payoffs and extended television coverage.

There are times, due to a lack of foresight and clear thinking, when a seemingly good plan becomes a bad idea. As an example, I cite my recent endeavor for visiting all five of Utah’s national parks. Utah is close by, so it seemed like a logical adventure. Then, while checking my map, I obse…

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Northeastern Arizona is separated from the Hawaiian Islands by more than 3,000 miles, a vast body of water, climate, humidity, and many geologic, geographic and cultural differences. But they have one thing in common: The Curse of the Rocks. Whether the curse is real or not is the stuff that…

Whenever my journeys led me to a state capital, my first destination was usually the state capitol. 

Every time I daydream while driving west along Apache Boulevard in Tempe, then turn north on Mill Avenue, I get a weird sensation that my sweet tooth needs attention. It’s nothing serious, just a fleeting thought that a big slice of cake would fulfill this imagined need.

More than a century ago, Arizona was peppered with small towns where people toiled to carve out a hardscrabble living from a rich but unyielding land. Most were mining towns. They were never large population centers, but they had names and post offices, saloons and churches, mercantile and g…

Although I had to use them frequently during my days as a travel writer, airports are not very high on my list of favorite places. But I have learned to tolerate them because…well, if you’re going to fly, you’re going to wait. And, sometimes, wait and wait and wait. I guess it’s all part of …

All of my early Christmas celebrations were spent on the frigid plains of North Dakota, where the festivities commonly involved long underwear, stocking caps with ear flaps, woolen shirts, the scent of freshly cut pine trees, the fragrance of warm apple cider, school kids with squeaky voices…

August 14 came and went relatively unnoticed for the most part, but it was a special day for a specific group of heroes. These are the Navajo Code Talkers, who played a major role in winning decisive battles during World War II. Although they were instrumental in the victories, their feats w…

When welcoming first-time, out-of-state visitors into my Arcadia home, I’m always ready for one almost-sure-to-be-asked question:

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There are times when what initially appears to be an inconsiderate act turns out to be a gesture of kindness. One such circumstance occurred recently during a visit to Devils Tower, a spectacular landmark in the wilds of northern Wyoming.