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Camping at Woods Canyon Lake

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I haven’t done a good job of keeping to my goal of one post per week… obviously, but I’m not giving up.
A few weeks ago, Sam and I got to go camping up at Woods Canyon Lake. It was a first time visit for both of us and the first time in too many years we’ve gone camping together.

We arrived around midday, picked our spot to set up the tent, then headed to the lake for an adventure.



The lake was a little crowded, as it’s a popular recreation spot, but it is a sight worth seeing.

Sam and I decided to hike the trail around the lake:







As we hit what we thought was the half way point, storm clouds began rolling in. We quickened our pace a bit only to discover we weren’t near the half way point at all. Luckily, the clouds moved around us, for the most part, and we only had a small sprinkling of rain.




The hike turned out to be 5.2 miles all the way around and worth every step.

At night, we could hear Elk bugling which is something that just needs to be experienced. Imagine a broken steam whistle blowing at full power… that’s the best description I can offer.

The next morning, we rented a boat and cruised around the lake for an hour or so. It was a beautiful morning; the weather was calm and being out on the water was very peaceful. We witnessed a hawk dive out of the trees and pull a fish out of the water about 20 yards from us. A sight we may never see again, in person! I was driving the boat and wasn’t able to get a picture, but, like the whole trip, it was an experience we won’t forget.

Out of the Valley for the Weekend(s)

Continuing our travelling weekends, we spent the previous two getting out of the valley to better climates and fun events.

First up, Bad Decisions at AZ Hops and Vines:

This event was so much fun, even if I did make my wife camp for one night. I talked about this event in an episode of the new podcast that you will see posted this week. So tune in for fun stories about camping

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After all that fun, we took off to Prescott the following Saturday for the Mile High Brew Fest. Not many pics of this event, but it was a great time. Not too crowded, great weather, delicious food and beverages. How could we go wrong?


This weekend has been much more relaxed. Time with family and making delicious food. I guess we have to slow down once in a while…


Lightning Octopus CephaloPodcast – #2 – Preston Smith – LINK

Electric CephaloPodcast – #2 – Preston Smith – Lightning Octopus – Arizona Geek Events, Geek Culture, & Phoenix’s Nerd Community | Lightning Octopus – Arizona Geek Events, Geek Culture, & Phoenix’s Nerd Community.

I’m super late with this, but here none-the-less!

Episode #2 for your listening pleasure.

Rock n Roll AZ Marathon is Tomorrow!

*UPDATE* We survived! This year was a great experience. The week + since the race has been rather hectic, apologies for silent treatment.

Tomorrow, my wife and I are running the 1/2 marathon. This is her third and my second time participating in the PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon.

I’m excited for it this year; we’ve been training for the last two month and my goal is to finish in 2 hours 45 minutes.

Wish us luck! If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know that I didn’t make it.

Happy 1/2 Birthday, Lightning Octopus! – LINK

Wow, six months ago today Lightning Octopus first popped into existence; something that still baffles cosmic-octopus-studying physicists.Since its inception, I’ve been able to post about something nerdy going on in Arizona every weekend for six straight months. I think that says a lot about the level of activity we have here, and the amount of people willing to have fun and make things happen

via Happy 1/2 Birthday, Lightning Octopus! [Hurray!].

Recently, I was introduced to Lightning Octopus by Will Bradley. The site is a great resource for all things geek in Arizona and yes, I am a proud member of The Order.

Congrats on a great site and here’s to a long, successful run.

If You Weren’t Upset Enough About SB1070 – LINK

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.

Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.

“The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”

What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.

via Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law : NPR.

This is a quality piece of investigative journalism that sheds light on the forces behind Arizona’s SB1070.

Read it!

The story of Echo Coffee | My Side Door

At the time I was first considering a coffee shop, I was reasonably unhappy with my real estate career. If you missed it, I wrote about what was making me unhappy with real estate on the Phoenix Area Real Estate Blog last August. It was in May of 2009, however, that the notion of creating a coffee shop began to seriously take hold.

via The story of Echo Coffee | My Side Door.

Echo Coffee is a new shop in Scottsdale and, by pure coincidence,  is the setting for a future episode of the podcast. Give this a read!

Federal judge blocks key parts of SB 1070 – LINK

Key parts of Senate Bill 1070 that will not go into effect Thursday:

•  The portion of the law that requires an officer make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.

•  The portion that creates a crime of failure to apply for or carry “alien-registration papers.”

•  The portion that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work. (This does not include the section on day laborers.)

•  The portion that allows for a warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the United States.

Surprised? Not surprised? What do you think of this development?