Enjoy a Panoramic Tour of Arizona’s Natural Grandeur: Hike the Woodchute Mountain Wilderness, Jerome

With rising temperatures and record breaking heat in the Arizona desert, the summer months are the perfect time for heading up north to higher elevations, 7000ft or higher, where the temperatures are cooler and you can get outdoors again to enjoy more of the natural beauty and diversity that is state of Arizona and its terrain. For a quick and easy summer day trip and a quiet, less crowded, easy-moderate hike with breathtaking panoramic views of Arizona, I recommend hiking the Woodchute Trail, in the Woodchute Mountain Wilderness, near Jerome.

Enjoy a Panoramic Tour of Arizona's Natural Grandeur: Hike the Woodchute Mountain Wilderness, Jerome

Starting out from Phoenix, you’ll want to take I-17 north till you reach the exit for Route 260 West, Cottonwood/ Clarkdale & Jerome. We started out around 8:30 am on a weekday so the traffic and road conditions were pretty good. We noticed there seemed to be a lot of Arizona Highway patrol cars everywhere so be very careful to watch your speed. After a few short stops along the way, we arrived in the small town of Cottonwood at around 10:30am, made a left onto route 89A South, and followed the signs for Jerome. On 89A South, you’ll begin a winding ascent up in elevation from 3000 feet up all the way up to 5000 feet, with some really beautiful views of the surrounding Verde Valley behind you.

We arrived in the historic town of Jerome and after a short break to stretch our legs, we continued on our journey heading south on 89A, now called the “Mingus Mountain Scenic Byway”. With many tight twisting, hairpin curves and a winding ascent up in elevation now from 5000 feet to 7000 feet, the views along the way are absolutely spectacular! This very scenic drive from Jerome to the top of Mingus Mountain is roughly about 8 miles. Once you reach the top you’ll see a sign for “Mingus Recreation Area” off to the left. Turn right, then drive a short ways until you come to FR 106, then take that for about a mile until you come to the Woodchute Trail. The road is all dirt but good and passable for regular vehicles if you take it slow. However, if you have a high clearance 2WD or a 4WD, that’d be better.

After arriving at the trailhead by noon we set out on our hike on the Woodchute Trail. It was a really nice, quiet and serene hike which wound through thick ponderosa pine forest. The elevation ranged from 7000 feet to roughly 7600 feet with only a moderate, gentle climb. The temperature was roughly in the low 80’s with a light breeze to keep you cool. Starting out on the trail we noticed some signs of a burn, though not too bad. What I liked best about this hike was the spectacular panoramic mountain top views it offered. Only a short ways down the trail and off to your right you’ll see the view down below of 89A winding up to the top of Mingus Mountain, but as well, … Read More

Ready for a Change? Consider Occupational Therapy Travel Jobs

Whether you’ve been in the healthcare industry for years or are newly graduated, you may be thinking about your job options in occupational therapy. Of course, there are always the standard options of working with a school, clinic, or other facility permanently, but it’s always good to do some research and figure out other job opportunities before committing. Currently, there are a number of occupational therapy travel jobs available, which provide enormous benefits and may suit your lifestyle better than a permanent position ever could!

Working as a traveling occupational therapist will allow you to explore a number of options that might not be offered with a permanent position at a hospital or school. If you’re looking for the freedom of change, to be able to travel, help people and work with different healthcare staff members, then a travel position just might be what you’re looking for! Whether you’re tired of your current job or are just graduating and weighing the options of travel assignments, it’s definitely worth researching and exploring all the possibilities.

Working as a traveling OT will allow you to expand your skill sets in ways not possible with a permanent position. With 6 week assignments, you’ll be able to work with different patients with varying problems, forcing you to refine and learn new techniques in order to handle each situation. Also, not only will you be working with a greater variety of patients from all over the world, but you’ll also be working with various healthcare staff members, which should give you the chance to further self-educate all while helping those in need.

Besides internal growth, there are a number of reasons to explore an occupational therapist travel job. For instance, you can obtain certain travel benefits such as great pay, insurance, a 401K, free housing and more! Travel positions are a great option for those looking for financial security with the freedom to travel and see the world. Think of all the possibilities you could explore!

If you’ve made a decision that you want to explore OT travel jobs a bit further, you should definitely research some travel therapy companies online and see what each has to offer before looking for a specific assignment. Many companies will allow you to search from a database of potential jobs, as well as speak with a consultant so that you can make the most informed decision possible. It’s easy to get started and working as a traveling OT can be the adventure of a lifetime!… Read More

Which is the Best Period to Go on Holiday in Summer?

Most of us can’t wait to plan our summer vacation and one of the most important aspects is the period in which we are going to go. This decision actually depends on many aspects and below I am going to remind you some of them.

First of all we have to see when we can take time off from work. This depends on the work load, on when your colleagues decide to go on holiday and how many days of vacation you have. After finding out all these things all you have to do is make an application that needs to be approved.

After you have finished with this detail, you have to decide where you want to go. There are a number of places that might interest you but you should find out which one is the best for you and for your needs. When taking this decision you should think how extended your budget is and whether the place offers all the entertainment and the activities you want for yourself and for your family.

Taking into consideration the fact that the most expensive months for the summer vacation are July and August you could plan your vacation at the end of August or maybe in September. This are actually the best periods if you decide to go somewhere warm because in July and August the temperatures are very high and you might have to spend all your vacation in the shade or indoors.

But whenever you decide to go the most important thing of all is to have fun and to relax with your family or with your friends. There will always be things that you won’t like in your vacation but these should not influence the way you feel. Try to look at the bright side and just enjoy yourself.… Read More

I Love Touring Rome, Italy – Spanish Steps District Hotels

The Spanish Steps area is close to the center of Rome. This is a great place to meet old and new friends and then go shopping or hit the cafes. Take lots of photos. Please note that the Spanish Steps themselves were built with French funds early in the Eighteenth Century. But the Spanish Embassy is nearby. The natives call these famous steps La Scalinata (the staircase).

Other neighborhood sights to see include the Fifteenth Century Trinita dei Monti Church at the top of the steps and the Keats-Shelly Memorial House where the English poet Keats died. Don’t miss the Palazzetto Zuccari that resembles a monster’s face. Via dei Condotti is a famous shopping street. In spite of a lawsuit, there’s a MacDonald’s in the neighborhood.

Make sure to visit Via del Babuino, the street of antiques, and Via Margutta, the street of artists. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.

The Panda Hotel is located on a major shopping street near the Spanish Steps. The money that you might save by staying here can easily be spent in this upscale neighborhood. Unlike many other hotels, the Panda defines only two seasons price-wise. Most of the year is high season. There are 20 rooms, 14 of which have a private bath. The rooms have no television. Did you come to the heart of Rome to watch TV? The hotel address is Via della Croce 35 – 00187, Rome.

The B&B Rhona’s Rooms is a four room bed and breakfast in a typical old building serviced by elevator. All rooms have a luxury private bathroom with a 13-jet hydro-massage shower, Turkish steam bath, alternating hot/cold (Scottish) shower, aromatherapy and radio. There is a panoramic terrace. Try to rent the room that overlooks the Via dei Condotti and has views of the Spanish Steps. The address is Via dei Condotti, 23 – 00187 – Rome.

The Hotel San Carlo is situated in a renovated Seventeenth Century mansion. There is a rooftop terrace and the rooms have flat-screen TVs and sometimes their own terrace. If I had to choose between the best TV and a tiny view… The hotel has 50 rooms ranging from singles to quads and 2 suites. The address is Via delle Carrozze 92-93 – 00187, Rome.

The Hotel Hassler is really hot stuff. It has often been named as Rome’s top hotel. The rooms are a living definition of luxury, especially if you go for the Grand Deluxe ones. Even the single occupancy rooms directed toward business travelers have marble bathrooms. There are 5 on-site bars and restaurants. The list goes on; I think you get the general idea. Expect to pay big bucks. Expect to see big shots. The address is Piazza Trinita dei Monti 6, Spagna.… Read More

Countryside Summer Vacation

For those that live in the city going on a countryside vacation is their summer dream. Getting away from all the pollution and the noise of the city is just one of the amazing benefits of a countryside vacation.

There is nothing like going for a picnic in the lush green fields that can be found in the countryside this can actually be a romantic getaway for couples or a family holiday for those that have children. A countryside vacation can be described as a both romantic and adventurous. There are a number of activities that can make your holiday the best you’ve ever had. You can go horseback riding, bird watching or even hunting when the season allows it.

If you like to explore the wildlife then you can go hiking in the woods or to the nearest river or waterfall. There are many resorts that are located near national parks so you and your family will have a great variety of things to see and to visit. For a silent retreat then this is the place to go.

If you are wondering about what the resorts have to offer then you should know that besides the location and the wonderful views most of them offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. And also they organize activities for their guests. Don’t be surprised if you can take a Jacuzzi bubble bath in the middle of the nature surrounded by candles and scented sticks. You can also have fun family activities for the little ones that will surely enjoy themselves more than anywhere else.

A summer vacation is meant for relaxation and unwinding. This is why we should try to have fun wherever we go with our family or our friends. There are some wonderful places out there, all you have to do is to search for the best ones for you.… Read More