Travel Tab Adventurer – A Rugged Desert Outback Trek and Adventure: The Spur Cross Ranch Trail, Elephant Mountain Loop Hike

Travel Tab Adventurer – Plenty of sunny days, mild temperatures and absolutely beautiful weather is really what Arizona is most famous for with the fall and winter months being the peak season for attracting millions of visitors from all over the U.S. and the world each year. Here in the central and southern regions of the state of Arizona, the fall and winter months are especially popular and “primetime” for hiking and getting out to enjoy the gorgeous Sonoran desert scenery and rugged mountain vistas. If you’re looking for an excellent place to go within the Phoenix area that’s beautiful and serene, a little less traveled and off the beaten path, and if you’re up for a great work out and more of a desert outback trek and adventure then check out the Spur Cross Trail-Elephant Mountain Loop hike, the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek, Arizona.

The beautiful Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area just north of Cave Creek is absolutely one of my favorite places to getaway and hike without having to travel very far from Phoenix. It’s a beautiful yet very quiet and serene desert retreat where you can view wildlife, visit ancient Hohokam Indian Ruins, or just take in the beautiful desert mountain scenery. The Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, which centers around the riparian habitat of Cave Creek, consists of roughly 2,154 acres of undisturbed desert wilderness territory bordered to the north by the Tonto National Forest and only began in 2004, so its not widely known or visited. I hike the mostly easy-moderate trail system at Spur Cross Ranch every year and when I saw that the TLC Hiking Group, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, was planning on hiking out to Elephant Mountain, a 7.4 mile moderate level hike and loop, I was …

Worldwide Travel Adventures – An Extraordinary Pool Hopping, Rock Sliding, Waterfall Adventure Canyoneering the Salome Jug

One of Worldwide Travel Adventures with scorching temperatures and blazing heat, yes, summers in Arizona are in deed extremely hot! However, did you also know that in Arizona you can find something to do in the great outdoors, virtually any time of the year, even during the summer? More than any other geologic feature, Arizona is an amazing land filled with many beautiful and remote back country wildernesses and gorgeous slot canyons and gorges scattered throughout the state. So, while temperatures may be heating up during the day in excess of 100 degrees in the desert, the month of June, before summer rain storms arrive, is actually an excellent time to go canyoneering and exploring some of these remote wilderness canyons and gorges, with many of them containing deep pools of cool, refreshing water!

Located in the Sierra Ancha Mountain range, northeast of Phoenix, is the Salome Wilderness consisting of roughly about 18,500 acres. Within the Salome wilderness following along the lower reaches of Salome Creek, you’ll find the “Jug”, a beautiful slot canyon, with narrow towering walls of pinkish-tinted granite stone, and along its approximately a mile stretch, many pools of deep, cool water! So if you would consider yourself to be at least a moderate-advanced level hiker and in relatively good physical shape & condition, and you’re up for more of a challenge, an extraordinary pool hopping, rock sliding, waterfall adventure, and an excellent intermediate level canyoneering hike I recommend, is the Salome Jug, at Lower Salome Creek, in the Salome Wilderness, Arizona.

On a beautiful Saturday morning, in early June, I met up with the TLC Hiking Club, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, at the Fort McDowell Casino, northeast of Phoenix, at 6 am. After all attending members had arrived, and after receiving a quick overview …

Nashville, Tennessee Food and Beverage Venues-Heaven on Earth

A modern Southern Food Restaurant in Tennessee is known for iconic foods and beverages of the area. For whatever reason, other areas of the United States are hard-pressed to serve up such delectable Southern food and beverage selections. Tennessee offers a bit of heaven on earth and their Southern cuisine is heavenly.

Nashville, Tennessee the country music capital of the world is also known for their own truly iconic foods. Nashville offers nearly a dozen tasty and tempting dishes that visitors to the area must try. The food venue in Tennessee is different and inspiring.

Popular Meats and Side Dishes Done the Tennessee Way

Some of these dishes, considered side dishes go together with the popular hot fried chicken meals such as sweet potato fries or fried pickles. Sweet potato fries are the first choice next to regular fries. The fried pickle favorite comes in many different varieties. You pick your favorite pickle. Macaroni and cheese are always a Nashville favorite served with country ham, catfish, and cornbread.

There is Only One Way to Serve Catfish

Catfish a favorite Tennessee meal comes any number of ways, depending on the restaurant of choice. Catfish are always fried and goes well with hushpuppies and sweet potato fries. Sometimes catfish is served with other fish dishes such as shrimp.

The Bushwacker, RC Cola, and Sweet Tea

Visiting any Modern Southern Food Restaurant nashville tn you will soon find that the popular drink of the day for adults is the Bushwacker. The Bushwacker has a rum base and includes many types of liquor. The Bushwacker is Tennessee’s brand of an adult milkshake and may attest to the fact that it is so very good. The Bushwacker is not the only popular drink in the area, as no meal is complete without homemade sweet tea …