A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took our daughter out for a vacation in Las Vegas! My husband was attending the Jeff McBride Magic and Mystery School  and while he was busy during the day, Kat and I would venture forth on our own adventures to see what the city of glitz had to offer traveling families. Since casinos aren’t exactly appropriate places for kids (and I don’t care to gamble anyway), I decided to look off the strip to plan our family fun. This led to a pretty tough question: What can you do with your kids in Las Vegas, thatRead More →

What happens when you put your recycling into the big blue bin? After the city trucks collect it, where does it go? My daughter asked me this as we took our recycling out for the weekly pickup. While I didn’t know the answer to her questions, I did know who would – the Public Works Department of Phoenix! I called the North Gateway Transfer Station and arranged a tour of their recycling facility! We were actually going to take a tour of a recycling center to see where our trash goes! This was awesome! Boy, it sure was going to be hard to wait forRead More →

Earlier this year, Kat and I decided to learn about the geology of Arizona. We would visit various sites of geological interest and culminate our lesson with a trip to the Grand Canyon! This trip came to us a lot sooner than we had expected, however when a friend presented us with a golden opportunity. Her uncle is an astronomer who was going to be attending the annual Grand Canyon star party. She was going camping with him for the weekend and invited us to join them!Read More →

“Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you learn how to read them.” -John McPhee A few weeks ago, Kat and I decided that we would take on a new project and learn about the geology of Arizona. We would learn about how the land was formed, the various changes it has gone through over the billions of years since its formation, and then visit various sites in the valley to look for geological evidence in the rocks. As we began planning the first part of ourRead More →

Sometimes the spark of a single question can send you on the greatest adventures… Spring is in the air here in the Sonoran desert. Flowers are just beginning to bloom, nurseries are filling their yards with gardeners delights and we have just about reached the perfect temperature of 70 degrees. For us, the coming signs of spring arrive with the bees who, by the hundreds, come out to gather nectar from our newly blooming rosemary. As we noticed that in our immediate vicinity  only our rosemary was attracting such a large amount of bees, Kat came up with her spark of a question…Read More →