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Sedona West Fork Oak Creek Trail hike in pictures

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By Paul Fiarkoski On October 17, 2016 I finally checked the highly sought West Fork Oak Creek Trail hike off my Arizona bucket list. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are several thousand words for you to … Continue reading

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A building that shades itself


A building that shades itself in downtown Tempe, AZ Continue reading

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The road trip of a lifetime


In October 2015 my 17 year-old daughter and a few of her friends talked me into chaperoning/chauffeuring them on a 5-day RV road trip from Phoenix, AZ to Telluride, CO via Monument Valley in the Four Corners region. It was just … Continue reading

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Awesome hike: Hidden Valley in South Mountain Park, Phoenix


Wow! That was, and still is, my reaction to this short detour trail off of National Trail in the South Mountain Park in Phoenix, AZ. Hidden Valley is an awesome tribute to the forces and beauty of nature. Hidden Valley trail is … Continue reading

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The work ethic of teens these days


Those of us of the Gen X generation and older often pass judgment on the teens of today with statements like these: They have it so easy. They don’t know what hard work is. Where’s the work ethic? I’ve been … Continue reading

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Hike: Phoenix South Mountain National Trail End to End


by Paul Fiarkoski For my first hike of 2015 I chose to hike the entire length of National Trail on South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ – 14 miles in total. I put together a video with the Go-Pro camera Santa … Continue reading

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Ironman Arizona 2014 slideshow


by Paul Fiarkoski I was so enamored with the Ironman competition after my first experience as a spectator in 2013, that I had to go back for more this year. For the unitiated, an Ironman Triathlon is consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, … Continue reading

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