Canyonlands National Park – Needles District

Two rivers converged in the russet colored stone creating three distinct regions of geologic wonderland. Millenia of carving, smoothing, eroding, and shaping have left this spectacular garden of stone formations and canyons preserved today as Canyonlands National Park. The two … Continued

Monument Valley Tribal Park

“Hi-ho, Silver! Away!” When we think of the landscape of the wild west, Monument Valley Tribal Park often comes to mind whether we know that’s what it is or not. We see the iconic images from classic western films, the … Continued

Navajo National Monument

The whole of northern Arizona and the four corners region seems to be pocked with canyons including those comprising Navajo National Monument. These rocky crevasses served ancient inhabitants of these areas as safe places to build communities and farm with … Continued

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Hiking down a 1,000 foot cliff to see a 1,000-year-old cliff dwelling in Canyon de Chelly National Monument I met a woman making the same trek for the fourth time that week. She wasn’t there as a tourist but to … Continued

Hiking Camelback Mountain in Phoenix

Camelback Mountain dominates the views of the Phoenix landscape as a peak rising to the highest point in the Valley. It gets its name because it looks like a camel. We hoped to hike it with everybody in town for … Continued

Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti

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On a quiet corner lot in an unassuming affluent neighborhood of the Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona, is the home and studio of architect and artist Paolo Soleri, which he called Cosanti meaning against things. It doesn’t fit in with … Continued

Showing a Friend around My Hometown

I recently took a very quick trip home to Dallas because my best friend, who went back to China and has been there for the last two years, was in the States visiting family. His sister lives just outside Dallas, … Continued

My World Heritage Adventures

One thing you’ll see on my updated bucket list is “Visit the most significant historical, cultural and natural sites in the world inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.” Not too long ago, I mentioned that my current workplace is … Continued

Top 5 Posts from 5 Years of Adventure Patches

This week Adventure Patches turns five! I published my first post for an assignment in a college five years ago today. I didn’t know I would continue beyond that semester-long project, but I did because people responded and enjoyed what … Continued

Birthday Quest: Arizona’s 5 Temples

To celebrate my birthday last week I decided to visit all five LDS temples in Arizona. This ambitious idea required a plan. Two of them are three hours away from Phoenix in opposite directions, and at least four hours are … Continued

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