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A Year on the Road: Once Upon a Blue Moon

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You never know what you'll find on a dirt road, which is exactly why you should take the journey

About a month ago, I got that familiar nagging that often happens when I've been a couple of weeks in once place. On this particular afternoon, I dipped off Interstate 17 heading North to explore a string of ghost towns along a winding dirt road. Immediately off the exit, I dove onto a perfect, dusty highway straight into the sun. A little dot on the map, Cleator, Arizona is a town that has been......read more

A Year on the Road: Cold Mountain

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Slowing down to the speed of the season

I became entranced with the mountains as a child and I often find myself venturing into the forest for the heaviest part of any season. It’s there that I always find the densest, purest form of nature. Trees and whole mountainsides showcase the cold stillness of winter collectively in a deafening silence. In a world that moves so fast, slow down to the speed of the season if only for a......read more

Massive Solar Tower Planned for Arizona Desert

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EnviroMission project will be twice the size of the Empire State Building

It seems like great ideas are popping up all over the place in the renewable energy field, and here is another example. Australian clean energy outfit EnviroMission is planning to build a solar tower that is twice the height of the Empire State Building in the middle of the Arizona desert. This 2,625 foot tall spire will produce 200 megawatts of power, enough to power 150,000 homes. So how does......read more

A Year on the Road: Apple Annie's Orchard

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Making the most of Arizona's bountiful apple season

The fruits of the autumn season have ripened across the United States over the last few months. Having missed apple season on the East Coast by a matter of weeks, I decided to find an apple orchard in my unlikely location - Arizona. Little could I imagine what I'd find once I started looking. During a stopover in Tucson for some car repairs, I decided to venture out one Sunday in search of the......read more

A Year on the Road: Singh Farms

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Hidden in an Arizona mesquite grove lies a fertile forest

If you thought no food ever grows in the desert, then allow me to share with you a place that will change your mind. You wouldn't know if from the freeway, but just off the 101 in Phoenix, Arizona there lies one of the most extraordinary farms the desert has ever seen. After I heard someone say it was the farm of their dreams, I knew I had to see it for myself.  A bustling farmer's market......read more

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