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.
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
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.
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 …
When you are tired of your busy schedule, you always think
of going out for some fresh air. Having an outing with your friends and family
members can double the enjoyment as long you are aware of the associated costs
and various methods of reducing those costs. Many people don’t care about the
expenditure they incur, but if you want to have an economical enjoyment, then
you should take care of this factor as well.
Going on holiday always has a number of costs attached to
it, but if you know some tricks and tactics, you can easily diminish this
number. Before you go traveling anywhere, it’s best to look around online to
see if you’re getting the best deal. There are plenty of places online that
offer reduced price deals on popular hotels and campsite, so you can find the
best one for where you’re going and save yourself quite a bit of money. Travel
already costs a lot these days, so why not save yourself some money and do it
online. Online booking also means that you’re saving money on your phone bill
because you’re not calling faraway places to book. You also save money by not
going to a travel agent. They always take a percentage as commission, so they
amount your paying for your hotel or campsite is higher that it would be if you
booked it yourself. So booking a place to stay while you’re traveling can save
you a lot of money.
The more you research, the more methods you will find to
reduce your travel cost.…
Below are nine money saving tips you can apply at your
destination next time you travel. Whether you are away for business or pleasure
these tips will help you save while still enjoying all that the destination has
Tip 1: Eat breakfast at the hotel: If you get breakfast
included in the price of your hotel, then take advantage of this. Eat a large
breakfast and you will save money on snacks throughout the day. Take some of
the breakfast away with you for eating later.
Tip 2: Buy snacks at a local grocery store: Buy fruits,
chips and bars etc from a local grocery store and carry them with you during
the day. This way you won’t be paying inflated prices at tourist attractions.
Tip 3: Eat at Street Vendors: Street vendors offer good
quality local food, at reasonable prices. As a word of warning, we should say
that most offer “good quality” food. Use your you think that you may get sick don’t eat
there. One of the best ways to judge is if you see locals eating there. If they
aren’t and the sound of tourists wrenching isn’t far off, best to move along.
Tip 4: Eat where the locals eat: See how the locals live,
and eat at local restaurants rather than at the hotel. You will get to
experience the local culture and cuisine, and save money because you are not
paying inflated hotel prices.
Tip 5: Eat lunch in your hotel room: We are not talking
about using room service! We are talking about bring back food from a
supermarket and eating it in a room. The break from the heat and the crowds of
tourists may do you good as well!
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
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, …