A blooming treat in the desert

Story originally published on the Arizona Sonora News Service This year’s superbloom in southern Arizona was a bright and colorful sight that will soon be fading into the glare of summer. With rains late in the winter season and cooler temperatures continuing through the winter, wildflowers thrived throughout the region from March to April.   “We’ve had more flowers this year than in many years past,” said Andy Fisher, the … Continue reading A blooming treat in the desert

Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

My work at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory took me on an unexpected trip to Mount Wilson, California. Mt. Wilson is a 100+ year old observatory about 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. It’s a beautiful 1.5 hour drive and there are also hikes that lead visitors through the observatory. Mt. Wilson is often overlooked by travelers hoping … Continue reading Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes, California

One thing that I’m sure many people don’t know or expect from me is that I adore backpacking. I’ve only ever been a few times, but one of my favorite places to backpack is Dinkey Lakes in California. Dinkey Lakes is about 200 miles straight east of San Jose, California, in the Sierra National Forest. It’s closer to Fresno, CA, and is right in between Yosemite … Continue reading Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes, California

Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Southern Arizona is one of the most beautiful and best places to be during wintertime. This January I went hiking in Coronado National Forest, located about 25 miles from Green Valley, south of Tucson, Arizona. The weather that day had a high of around 65-70*F (although it was chillier in the shade) and a slight brisk breeze. All in all, perfect hiking weather! My grandma … Continue reading Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Science at Tumamoc Hill

Hello everyone! I am currently in a multimedia class for my journalism degree and I produced this video about Tumamoc Hill, a small little hill located southwest of downtown Tucson. The video is a little rough around the edges and my camera isn’t the best at video, but I’m still learning. I’ve also written a conjoining story to go along with the video, in case … Continue reading Science at Tumamoc Hill

Pumpkin and apple picking at Apple Annie’s

Happy Halloween! As I write this post, it is Halloween day, so Happy Halloween! What’s a better topic to talk about than pumpkin picking at a local pumpkin patch?? The weekend before Halloween, my family and I visited Apple Annie’s in Wilcox, Ariz. (about an hour and a half from Tucson). Apple Annie’s is a farm with pumpkin and vegetable patches (like peppers, zucchini’s, tomatoes, … Continue reading Pumpkin and apple picking at Apple Annie’s