Tag Archives: Phoenix

February 9, 2009

A Day At The Wildlife World Zoo

This past weekend, my girlfriend and I were on our way hiking when we noticed some dark clouds to the West. Once we saw them, we decided it probably wasn’t a good idea to go up in the mountains. Especially since I still remember the “lightning bolt incident of 2008.” So instead of hiking, we […]

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December 1, 2008

The Peralta Trail

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Now, time to share another hiking experience. I recently did one of the most popular hikes in the Superstition Wilderness known as the Peralta Trail. It’s located here in Arizona east of Phoenix. I thought I would share it with everyone since it was a lot of fun.

Starting Off At The Trailhead

The reviews I read of this trail were not lying when they said this trail is used often. There were quite a few cars in the parking lot along with a lot of people. Anyways, the start of the trail was relatively flat. It reminded me a lot of South Mountain which I have hiked a few times. The trail follows along the canyon bottom for more than a mile and then starts to get a little steeper. Eventually, you start to hit some switchbacks and the scenery gets a little more interesting.

The Freemont Saddle

After hiking about 2.5 miles, you reach the Freemont Saddle. This is where most hikers turn around and make their descent back down to the parking lot. It’s a great place to have a picnic if you decide to bring along some food. I brought along some granola bars and a turkey sandwich and was thankful for it. I was starving by the time I got to the saddle.

The view from the saddle is amazing. Here is a picture looking south from the saddle:

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View from Saddle

Weaver’s Needle

That isn’t the only nice view from the saddle. Looking north, you can see Weaver’s Needle. A 1,000 ft. high rock column that is awesome looking.

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September 22, 2008

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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August 29, 2008

Video Proof That It Rains In Phoenix

Last night, we got another monsoon here in Phoenix with some heavy rain and hail. It was the craziest lightning I have ever seen. It looked like continuous camera flashes going off all over the sky. Check out this quick video I shot while running around outside in the storm:

Running Around In A Monsoon

Pretty sweet huh? For awhile, it looked like a small river was running through my apartment complex’s parking lot.

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