The Mysterious Columns of Crowley Lake, California.

Imagine this: you’re walking along the shore—sand shifts between your toes as a cool breeze comes off the water. You turn your head to the nearby bluffs. As the golden light of the setting sun slowly crawls under the overhangs adorning the beach, something catches your gaze. Many dozens of Ancient Columns, some reaching twenty …

My Favorite Sedona Ruins

If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, you undoubtedly are familiar with my love for Sedona. While it may be a world-famous tourist destination, it’s a great place to escape the crowds—and actually, if you go far enough into any Sedona canyon, you are unlikely to see anyone. But beyond the views …

The Ghost Town Of Helena, California

Since I began my adventure journey a few years ago, I’ve seen a number of ghost towns. On a recent trip through California, however, I was privileged to visit the most intact ghost town I have seen so far.  Welcome to Helena, California.  The story of Helena is similar to many towns like it. What …

This Charcoal Kiln Dates To The 1800s!

In a small town outside Prescott, Arizona, a monolith to a bygone era stands proudly amongst the pine and summer homes.  Created around the year 1880, by Jake and Joe Carmichael, this kiln was used to convert oak wood into charcoal to be used in the smelting operations of a nearby silver mine.  Using a …

Ancient Creek Ruins, Sierra Ancha Wilderness

These ancient dwellings are built into a small alcove overlooking a creek in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. Their likely construction, sometime between 1280 and 1350 A.D., was determined, in part, by the tree rings found in the beams along the roof. I have visited a number of ruins in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, much of …

Village Of Rio Puerco, Petrified Forest

This is the Village of Rio Puerco, thought to have been settled by the Pueblo natives (Anasazi) from 1250 to 1380 A.D. It is believed that a series of droughts led them from scattered living to congregating in large pueblo communities, such as this. The Village is located near the banks of the Puerco River. …

Crinoids, Ancient Marine Fossils

Found in the mountains overlooking a small town not far outside the Salt River Valley, these are the fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature known as a Crinoid. With a flower-like appearance, these are often referred to as sea lilies. In fact, the word crinoid is derived from the Greek word “krinon,” meaning “a …

Historic Bowen Ranch House

This Historic Ranch House, known as the Bowen Stone House, has stood tall in the canyons of the Tucson Mountains for nearly a century. Moving Southwest in the 1920s, Sherry and Ruby Bowen, transplants from Rockford, Illinois, hoped a change in climate might also result in better health for the increasingly sick, Ruby Bowen, who …