Author Archives: Ellen

About Ellen

A native Arizonan, who grew up camping and backpacking all over Arizona. My husband and I share a love for the spectacular Arizona landscape and rich history. We are passionate about spending our weekends exploring in our RZR. Backcountry driving combines my love of the outdoors with the thrill of experiencing my husband's expert four-wheeling skills on challenging terrain!

Crown King Or Bust! Ok Fine, Bust. 4-15-2012

I don’t write about all of our trips for a couple of reasons. Mainly I just don’t have time. But also, even though I thoroughly enjoy every one of our rides, not every trip is a story. Our trip last … Continue reading

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I Shall Call My Masterpiece…Rock. Rawhide Canyon 1-15-12

There aren’t very many places that I will agree to go riding during the winter. Even with my helmet, sitting in a moving vehicle with no windshield, doors or roof, is pretty chilly. We won’t venture too far north and … Continue reading

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Tunnel? There’s A Tunnel Around Here? 7-23-11

This trip was going to be the second try of a weekend where we returned to the valley via a large red tow truck. There was a circle route Ralph had mapped out for us to do along the Old … Continue reading

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Note To Self: Always Bring Helmet And Jacket. Jerome To Williams. 5-29-11

So here it is Sunday morning and we have no plans. Ralph says to me “Let’s go for a ride!” Of course I’m all for it. But where to? He’d been talking about a trip from Jerome to Williams through … Continue reading

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Crazy Beautiful. May 15, 2011

I knew it was going to be a wonderful day when we arrived at our parking spot off hwy 188 and the view was the east side of my beloved Four Peaks and in the foreground a sprawling Roosevelt Lake. It … Continue reading

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Questions, Answers And Surprises: The Mineral Mountains Revisited 5-8-11

This trip we had a mission. Our last ride in this area left us with a couple of unanswered questions. First, was there a way around the roughest stretch I’ve ever experienced; where the road is a cascade of boulders? … Continue reading

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A Look Back In Time: US60 And The Claypool Tunnel 5-1-11

Last weekend Ralph shot in an archery tournament in Globe. The tournament had sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. I love watching Ralph compete. He’s head of the class in pretty much everything he does. I think some men are meant … Continue reading

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Crown King Chili Cook Off: None As Good As Ralph’s 4-16-11

  First, I want to say that Ralph’s chili is the absolute best chili I’ve ever had. Yes, I am his head cheerleader and that’s how it should be. But honestly, his chili is the best! As I mentioned in my story … Continue reading

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In Our Own Backyard 4-23-11

The Goldfield Mountains are one of the most scenic places we can take a ride that is just outside our back door. Only a few miles up the Apache Trail toward Canyon Lake, we parked the truck at one of … Continue reading

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Adventure And Beauty: The Perfect Ride 4-17-11

As much as I love all the places my husband takes me, I get really excited when the trip is a new one for him too. I guess it’s the forging new trails together, that gets to me. I think … Continue reading

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