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Tucson's Map and Flag Center

Tucson’s Map and Flag Center

I love maps.  In a distinctly fanatical way.  Always have, always will.  I love road maps, trail maps, new maps, and old maps.  Antique hand drawn maps make me feel all warm and fuzzy.  It started when I was a kid and the Air Force only reinforced my obsession by making me a helicopter pilot. […]

Best Tucson Whiskey Stores

Best Tucson Whiskey Stores

A large part of enjoying whiskey is actually finding it. Now I love a good whiskey hunt as much as the next guy, but some of you actually have to work for a living and can’t spend time running all over town looking for the perfect dram. So I thought I’d share the best establishments I’ve found for buying whiskey in Tucson. If all you are looking for is a Glenlivet or Johnny Walker, then any supermarket or corner beverage store will fill the bill, but if you’re looking for something new then check out these stores.

Review:  Insight Firearms Training

Review: Insight Firearms Training

Well, I had the opportunity to do something a bit different last week.  I was invited to attend the Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Course at Insight Firearms Training in Prescott, AZ, and since I’ve always enjoyed shooting and firearms I could hardly turn down the offer!  We used Insight for marksmanship and basic tactics training […]

Cool Video for Adrenaline Junkies

Cool Video for Adrenaline Junkies

Great, one more thing I need to try before I die!  Here is a cool white water kayaking video. CLICK HERE!

Tucson 2nd Annual Whisky Weekend

Tucson 2nd Annual Whisky Weekend

Hey all you Tucson Whisky Maniacs, the 2nd Annual Whisky Weekend is being held at the Hotel Congress on December 17-19th.  Click Here for Info. No I’m not sponsoring it and I’m not making any money off of it.  I’m just excited.  If you’re going leave a comment and I’ll look for you.  Maybe set […]

Tanque Verde Wash

Tanque Verde Wash

One of the great things about Tucson is that there are some fantastic places to walk.  During the summer, the washes (dried stream beds for those of you from wet places) are pretty unbearable but now that the weather has cooled they are a great place to put in some miles.  They are easy walks […]

Store Review: Total Wine & More, Tucson, AZ

Store Review: Total Wine & More, Tucson, AZ

A little slice of whisky heaven! I am a happy, happy man!  The liquor stores I have been frequenting in Tucson have a limited whisky selection and what they have is a bit overpriced.  The Beverage House on Broadway has maybe 25 Scotch single malt expressions and just a handful of Irish whiskies–just the common […]

A Dog's Life

A Dog’s Life

I’ve been a bit busy lately, so here is a short video of Saja showing what is really important in life.


The fall has always been a special time for me. A time to hit the road and travel. Here is a short post to try to capture my mood.

Hiking in the Oven

It was hot today; well over 100F with little cloud cover.  I spend a lot of time outside under the Arizona sun, but today was a bit much even for me.  The heat saps your energy.  Your heart feels like it’s racing.  Your throat is parched again two breaths after a drink.  Every movement becomes […]

How to Save Hundreds of Dollars with Open Source Software

Four years ago my desktop computer kicked the bucket and I was so frustrated with the endless crashes, viruses, and software conflicts with Windows that I decided to check out the alternatives.  I had been a diehard MS-DOS and Windows advocate since my engineering days in the early ’80s, so this was tough for me. […]

Something You Don't See Every Day

Something You Don’t See Every Day

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with camping, hiking, or really anything.  Except it made me laugh, so I thought I’d share it.  Found this posted at the Circle-K on Tanque Verde. Now maybe this is a pure bred animal; maybe she took first place at the country fair; or, maybe she is […]