Off the rails and trails in Arizona for Cubs Spring training
Green Zebra ATV Tour near Phoenix AZ

Off the rails and trails in Arizona for Cubs Spring training

A quick father-son trip to spring training in the Cactus League to see the World Champion Chicago Cubs (yes that's still sinking in). Air travel misadventure our first day followed by adventure in the Sonoran Dessert on day 2.

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How about a bike ride in the dark in the Sonoran Desert?
Biking in the Sonoran Desert

How about a bike ride in the dark in the Sonoran Desert?

It is pitch black and I am riding a bike through the Sonoran desert. Of course my bike has a light and I’m on a paved trail—a golf cart trail, actually at the expansive (some 1300 acres at the Boulders Resort in Scottsdale known for the distinctive giant boulders that look like snowmen made out of granite and have been here for millions of years.

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Riding a bike in the Sonoran Desert — at night!
Biking in the Sonoran Desert

Riding a bike in the Sonoran Desert — at night!

Our Guide Kerry Echer is leading us on one of several unique adventures offered by the Golden Door Spa here. Earlier in the day, we’d noticed Echer teaching rock climbing on the giant boulders; there are also guided hikes and mountain biking.

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In Phoenix, an amazing museum of musical instruments
At the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix AZ

In Phoenix, an amazing museum of musical instruments

There are other museums of musical instruments, but none with such an expansive collection from around the world—harps, zithers flutes and trumpets from the Middle East, African drums, a 17th century spinet and 20th century electric guitars…an Appalachian dulcimer, a ukulele, bagpipes and cymbals.

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A day at the Camelback Spa in Scottsdale AZ
A place to cool off at Camelback Resort in Scottsdale AZ

A day at the Camelback Spa in Scottsdale AZ

We amble inside out of the sun for lunch at Sprouts which serves healthy eats (complete with calorie counts) but indulgences too like chocolate fondue. We love the chicken curry lettuce wraps, tuna tartare and salads. We skip the chocolate fondue!

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