Nature

China Dam in Arizona

China Dam in Arizona

The China Dam in Arizona is located along Humbug Creek a couple miles north of Lake Pleasant. I haven't found much history about the China Dam on the internet, other than it was built in the late 1880s for hydraulic mining purposes.

Horseshoe Lake Dam at Sunset

Horseshoe Lake Dam at Sunset

Horseshoe Lake Dam is my favorite dam of all. It has a wide and long spillway where water from Horseshoe Lake flows over and down into a small canyon of rocks. Once the water hits these rocks, dozens of small and unique waterfalls are formed. One of the most unique...

Natural Bridge, Alabama

Natural Bridge, Alabama

This natural bridge in nothwest Alabama is the longest natural bridge east of the Rocky Mountains. It spans 148 feet and 60 feet high! This place was an unexpected surprise (aren't all surprises?) for my wife and I during our 2016 road trip back east. Once we saw the...

Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky

Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky

One of the main things I wanted to experience on my epic 2016 road trip were waterfalls. I don't see many waterfalls and rivers living in the desert southwest, so it was quite a treat each time I ran across even the smallest waterfall. Cumberland Falls however is...

Rolling Highway 19 in Missouri

Rolling Highway 19 in Missouri

One of my fondest memories of my 2016 road trip to the mid-south US were the way the small highways rolled through small hills and valleys through the beautiful green forests. We don't see that very often in the southwestern part of the country. I remember this...

Hoodoos of the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico

Hoodoos of the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico

The Bisti Badlands National Wilderness Area, San Juan County, New Mexico. I sometimes feel sorry for areas called “badlands.” It seems so negative. But after investigating a bit, I realized the name was well-earned in this case. As beautiful as the otherworldly...

Grand Falls Arizona

Grand Falls Arizona

Sunset at Grand Falls, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. Grand Falls itself is a story about the desert and water. Water doesn’t really belong in the desert. That’s what makes it a desert: no water. So, when water shows up in the desert unexpectedly, sometimes the result...

Peridot Mesa Wildflowers

Peridot Mesa Wildflowers

Peridot Mesa is one of Arizona's hot spots for wildflower viewing and one of the very first places in the state to kick off our spring wildflower season. How to get a permit Non-tribal members need a $10 permit to visit Peridot Mesa. Here are some of the ways you can...

Lone Bison Grazing in Badlands National Park

Lone Bison Grazing in Badlands National Park

Badlands. In geological terms it is a heavily-eroded, dry terrain. However on this particular day, the term "badlands" meant something else to me. It meant frigid weather and solitude. After visiting my parents in Spokane for Christmas, my wife and I embarked on a...

Palouse Falls at Sunset

Palouse Falls at Sunset

Sunset at Palouse Falls near the Snake River in Eastern Washington. Palouse Falls is special to me for a few reasons, not the least of which is its proximity to my hometown of Spokane. It’s the natural treasure in my backyard. Of course, they are beautiful. That makes...