A Scenic Mountain Journey to the Top of Arizona: The Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, AZ

With sweltering heat and high triple digit temperatures in Phoenix, it’s the perfect time to head to up north to get outdoors and experience Arizona’s beautiful and lush high mountain forests and wilderness areas. For a wonderful and scenic day trip and easy hike, take a journey to the top of Arizona by hiking the Kachina Trail, in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, Arizona.

A Scenic Mountain Journey to the Top of Arizona: The Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Flagstaff, AZ

Located high up in the San Francisco peaks, sits Arizona’s tallest peak, Mt. Humphreys which rises to an elevation of 12, 643 feet which you can climb to the top of on the Mt. Humphrey’s Trail, one of the most challenging hikes in all of Arizona. However, if you’re up for more of an easier day hike instead, then I highly recommend checking out the beautiful Kachina Trail, which is also located in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness and like the Mt. Humphrey’s Trail, is also located at Arizona’s Snow Bowl Ski Resort and if you’re up for the added adventure, you can take a very scenic sky ride right up to the top of Arizona at elevation, 11,500 feet, for a spectacular and amazing panoramic view of all the surrounding Flagstaff and Kachina Peaks Wilderness area, without having to climb it yourself too!

To get to the Kachina Trail from Phoenix you’ll want to head out of town on I-17 north to Flagstaff. We left Phoenix at 9am on a Saturday morning and arrived in Flagstaff at around 11:30am. The drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff is roughly about 2.5 hours and 148 miles. Once you arrive in Flagstaff, the freeway ends and you will exit onto 89A north. Follow 89A through town till you come to route 180 north Snow Bowl Ski Resort, then make a left. You’ll take route 180 for about another 30 minutes till you reach FR 516 and the turn off for Snow Bowl Ski Resort and turn right. The drive along FR 516 is really beautiful and heavily forested as you quickly wind up in elevation from 7000 feet up to 9000 feet. Be aware though that there is little bit of road construction going but it’s not too bad. You’ll want to just take it slow and be on the lookout for wildlife because we saw a couple of deer off to the right in an open meadow area about midway.

Once you reach the lodge, on your right you will see the sign for the Kachina Trail where you’ll park in the Snow Bowl parking lot. At about 9,200 feet, the trail begins a somewhat level but rocky decent, traversing across the San Francisco Peaks through beautiful Aspens forests, winding through open meadows and offering break throughs here and there for gorgeous vistas of the surrounding Flagstaff area that are absolutely magnificent. We journeyed along on this gorgeous trail, noticing only a slight drop in elevation, about 600 feet. Although the trail is rated “easy” but due to the rocky conditions and the high level of elevation, I would … Read More

Visit Los Cabos On Your Next Vacation

I can’t wait for my yearly vacation, I look forward to it all year long. Vacations have changed a little over the years since I started my family, but one thing never changes; I always go somewhere, even if the locations aren’t quite as exotic anymore.

When you choose a vacation destination, you have several general choices. Do you go on a beach type vacation? How about a National Park type vacation? There’s always the theme park type vacation! And don’t forget the European vacation. Did I leave any out?

Today I want to talk about a beach type vacation, but it isn’t the same boring vacation you’ve probably gone on a million times before.

When choosing a beach vacation, most people stick to a few tried and true spots such as Florida, the Bahamas, Hawaii, or Cancun; but if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, something that none of your friends have probably ever heard of (let alone gone to) then Los Cabos may be exactly what you’re looking for.

First off, where exactly is it? Los Cabos is in Mexico on the tip of the Baha Peninsula. It’s a little bit South of Lapaz and sort of South-West of Tijuana.

I’m not sure there’s a really “bad” time to go there, but the “best” times to go are around January and February because you can often see gray whales near the shore. Remember when I said it was a little less ordinary? You can’t beat whale watching!

This is not just a land of beautiful beaches (though there are amazing beaches!), there’s lots of other fun things to do as well. There’s something for just about everyone, from sport fishing and golf, to kayaking and diving. And don’t forget the whales!

Los Cabos definitely doesn’t have that deserted island feel to it. This is a place full of luxury hotels and resorts. So you can relax in style without worrying about where you’re going to find your next meal!

And while there’s lots of fun things to do, don’t forget about the beaches. The area has over 20 stunning beaches including Playa Palmilla, Santa Maria, and Playa del Amor.

It is possible to find a quiet beach with few  you might have to do some searching.

When choosing a place to go on a beach-type vacation you have tons of choices. Sure, you can go to the same boring places that everyone else goes to but if you’re looking for something exciting and new, then I highly recommend you check out Los Cabos. You won’t be disappointed!… Read More

Tips on Timing For the Perfect Trip Or Vacation

Everyone can use a vacation to relax, unwind, and have some fun. The problem with taking a vacation is that many people have a difficult time coming up with the cash to pay for the trip. Fortunately, there are ways to have an affordable vacation and not go broke. One important way of getting a cheap vacation is picking the best time to take the vacation. Below are a number of tips on picking the best time for the perfect trip or vacation:

1. If you want to save money on your flight ticket, it is important to consider the time when you want to fly. The key is to be flexible when considering the time to fly, For instance, do you want to fly during the peak season, off season, or weekend or midweek? Prices will vary according to the time you pick to fly.

2. Peak season is the most expensive time to fly so if you want to save money, book as early as possible. Holidays are a very expensive time to book because there are few discounts, promotions and deals. Plan well in advance to ensure you get a good deal and a good seat.

3. Consider when and where you want to travel. If you are willing to modify travel dates and consider a travel destination that is much less expensive to visit, you will save a lot of money. If you are planning a family reunion, consider planning the event during shoulder season or the off season. As well, the summer and fall are good times of the year to get a cheap international flight. Reconsidering when and where you want to travel will amount to substantial savings.

4. If warm tropical destinations are your favorite places to travel, consider traveling during the off season. You will still be able to enjoy gorgeous beaches, fun recreational activities, and beautiful weather, but there will be fewer visitors so attractions and beaches will be less crowded. As well, flights and accommodations will be much cheaper.

5. Ski vacations are very popular. If you are a skier looking for a cheap ski vacation, consider traveling prior to, or just after the peak season. It will be less crowded on the slopes and flights, accommodations, and restaurants will have a variety of special discounts and promotions.

6. The shoulder season is a good time to travel as you will save money. The shoulder season is the period between the low and high season. There will be substantial saving offers such as discounts on flights and accommodations. For instance, Mexico is a great place to travel during the shoulder season. The weather is still great and the savings are even greater.

7. When looking to save money on trips throughout the year, sign up for online travel website update newsletters and check local newspapers for special offers advertised by travel agencies. You will often find great deals.

Vacations are always an exciting time. When planning a vacation … Read More