Papago Park in Arizona

The oddly shaped buttes of Papago Park are easily recognized natural landmarks within central Arizona. The park preserves a small piece of the Sonoran Desert within the urban metropolis that is Phoenix, Arizona and its suburbs. The land is shared between two cities with most of Papago Park located in southeastern Phoenix and the remaining 20 percent spilling into northern Tempe. The landscape is filled with a collection of distinctive red sandstone buttes that formed between 15 to 6 million years ago. The surface of the buttes are marked by a number of crevices and holes that formed from weathering […]

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Arizona Military Museum in Phoenix

The Arizona Military Museum is a lesser-known museum in Phoenix that many Arizona residents are unaware even exists. The museum is located just outside Papago Park within the Papago Park Military Reservation, a facility of the Arizona Army National Guard, near 52nd Street and McDowell. Papago Park nearby is known for its uniquely shaped buttes and as the location of the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens. Since the museum is located on an active military facility, the area is fenced off and visitors will need to enter through the base’s main security check point. An armed guard will […]

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Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2, The Hike to the Summit

In my previous article on Piestewa Peak, “Part 1, The Name Controversy,” I discussed the heated debates surrounding this Phoenix landmark as it went from the early name of “Squaw Tit Peak,” to simply Squaw Peak, and finally to Piestewa Peak in 2003. In this second part I’ll be discussing the hike to the summit of the peak, the third tallest point in Phoenix. Hiking the Peak Piestewa Peak is one of my favorite day hikes in the Phoenix area and is often one of my go-to hikes when I don’t have anything else planned. It’s less intense than Camelback […]

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Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1, The Name Controversy

For my first series of posts about my travels and adventures, I believe the most appropriate place to begin is my home of Arizona. I first moved to the desert southwest when I was 13. Prior to Arizona, I had spent my earliest years in a Chicago suburb, so the dry climate, cactus, and often cloudless blue skies of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert were a drastic change to what I was accustomed to when my family and I first visited Phoenix. Of all the major differences that were immediately apparent, the mountains were the most pronounced. After spending my childhood among […]

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In Search of Sapience: The Wisdom in Wanderlust

What is sapience and why should we search for it? When we think of a person, whether they are from the past or the present, deceased or living, an acquaintance, a friend, or a family member – what qualities about them determine what defines who they are? When we think of ourselves or others think of us, what defines who we are? From where does our sense of meaning and morality derive? The list of potential variables abound, such as our education, our careers, our relationships with colleagues and coworkers, mentors and teachers, friends, family, and romantic partners, our culture, […]

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About the author and why this blog exists:

Ten years ago, where did you imagine your life would be today? Where did you picture yourself living? With whom? What was your home to be like? Your job? Your income? What future did you once invent for yourself? How well does it correspond with your present? We often form ideas of where we would like to progress over time, especially when it comes to the foremost components of what guides the circumstances of our lives, such as our long term educations, careers, and personal relationships. For most of us, we find ourselves in a life substantially different now than […]

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