Category Archives: Travel/Places

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

After backpacking the White Sands, it was off to the Carlsbad, New Mexico Caverns. The two and half hour drive was well worth what I managed to see inside these caves.

Arriving At The Caverns

When I arrived at the Carlsbad Caverns, I started to wonder where they actually were. We were driving through mountains and eventually ended up on top of one of them where the visitor center is located. Believe it or not, they are located directly underneath the parking lot.

Once I entered the visitor center, I was immediately bombarded with different ticket and tour options. Some cost more than others and take you to different parts of the caverns. The guided tours that take you down into the less popular caves and make you crawl sounded like the best ones but unfortunately they were closed.

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White Sands Backpacking

This weekend, I took a road trip out to New Mexico and Texas. Both were states that I had never been to before. Along the way, I stopped at the White Sands National Monument to do some backpacking.

If you’re unfamiliar with backpacking, it basically means you hike away from your car carrying everything you will need for the night. No coolers or cases of beer on this hike. So let’s get started…

First Impression

My first impression of the White Sand was “Wow!” I have never in my life seen something this cool (and weird) looking. It feels like you are either walking through a blizzard of snow or a gigantic bowl of sugar. Check out this picture to see what I am talking about:

View Of White Sands

White Sands, New Mexico

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The Doe Mountain Trail

This past week I did another hike up in Sedona known as the Doe Mountain Trail (#60). It is right across the street from the Bear Mountain Trail which I previously did awhile back. As you can see from the picture above, it offers some awesome views of the red rocks around Sedona. The Hike […]

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The Hike to Browns Peak

This weekend I took another shot at climbing to the top of Brown’s Peak. It is the tallest of the Four Peaks with are located outside of Phoenix. It is also the highest point in Maricopa county with an elevation of 7,657 feet. If you don’t remember, I previously made an attempt at it and ended up taking the wrong trail. You can read my post about my first attempt here.

On this attempt, I made it within 100 feet of the peak but stopped because of the weather. So I am still satisfied with the outcome because I could have easily made the last 100 foot stretch on a clear day.

Anyways, Instead of opening with a explanation of the hike, I thought I would share this video I put together of the hike. I want to start doing more videos so here is the first attempt:

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The Arizona Science Center

2 General Admission Tickets: 18 dollars
2 Planetarium Passes: 16 dollars
Seeing Broken Exhibits and Listening to Kids Scream All Day: Anything but Priceless….

This past Saturday, I checked out the Arizona Science Center located in downtown Phoenix. It’s a science center/museum that contains a bunch of different exhibits on different things such as weather and technology. The center also features an Imax Theater and the new Dorrance Planetarium.

First Impression = Way Too Many Unsupervised Little Kids

I knew the place was going to be focused around kids, but I did not know there was going to be that many kids running around with lack of supervision. I am not talking about kids being dropped off and left alone, but rather parents neglecting to pay attention to what their kids are actually doing.

Parents were just minding their own business by the snack bar while their kids ran around screaming, running into other people, and knocking random things over. It was more like a zoo than a science center.

There were some kids behaving and doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing, looking at the exhibits and asking questions. But all the others, were busy hoping in the elevators and throwing candy wrappers on the ground. It just about drove me insane.

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