Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Petrified Forest National Park

When I talk about brain-frying heat, this is the time of the year that best describes it.

The Phoenix metropolitan area is projected to reach records highs by the end of this week, touching into the 120s in some parts. It's a dangerous time to be outside for any prolonged period of time and definitely not enjoyable, especially if you're not wearing your energy dome.

So, why not consider taking a long weekend trip to escape the heat and experience some of the wonders of nature that the northern Arizona high country has to offer?

Perhaps something like the Petrified Forest National Park located in Holbrook, AZ where daytime highs aren't quite as bad, and the nights are comfortably cool.

Petrified Forest National Park from Andrew Kearns on Vimeo.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Leave No Trace

I'm volunteering my time to help clean up the trash found along the Maxine Lakin Nature Trail this weekend, and thought I'd share bit of information for those unfamiliar with hiking protocols.

There's an old adage in hiking and camping - Leave No Trace. Common hiking courtesy is to leave the area better than you found it, almost like you were never there.

Leave no trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy. Please do your part to pass our nation’s heritage of outdoor recreation to future generations while enjoying our beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Keep Church and State Separate

Just a video shout-out to any of the religious right-wing legislators in Arizona who just can't seem to maintain that boundary between church and state.

Arizona, like the rest of America, is a melting pot of people from diverse ethnic, cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds. An elected representative's job is to represent their constituency as a whole, regardless of religion. Let's keep church and state separate, like the constitution dictates, and not use your public position to further your own personal religious agenda, okay?

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State