Hiking Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain

 

Camelback Mountain

On my recent weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz., for baseball spring training and relaxation, I had a challenge I was determined to complete. Staying at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, my room’s patio opened up to awesome views of Camelback Mountain. It’s not classified as an all-day overly strenuous hike, but it’s not exactly easy, either. When I found myself with a little spare time, I knew I wanted to tackle Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain.

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Hiking Tennessee’s Old Stone Fort State Park

Old Stone Fort State Park

When we visit the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester, it’s usually to visit family; my in-laws live in the city about an hour’s drive south of Nashville. If you’re familiar with big music festivals you’ve probably heard of Manchester’s annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival. But Manchester, Tenn., is also home to an archaeological find: Old Stone Fort State Park. But Old Stone Fort State Park isn’t just a place to discover an ancient place once important for Native Americans. It’s also a fun hiking adventure filled with beautiful waterfalls along the Duck River.

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Vacation Exercise: Thinking Outside the Box

Vacation Exercise

Not sure how much exercise this tour provides, but a beer tour of Indianapolis while pedaling has to provide some cardio.

Do you ever find yourself on an exercise regimen only to be on a trip and skipping out on a week of workouts? Unless you’re training for a marathon or triathlon, skipping four or five days of workouts doesn’t matter. Trust me. It. Does. Not. Matter if you skip several days of exercise as you enjoy a destination. But as a former competitive runner, I do know the importance of getting in some quality vacation exercise. And as a parent, I know how hard it can be to get in vacation exercise while enjoying a destination and watching the little ones. So here are a few ways I’ve managed to break a sweat while traveling. And I’m not talking about 12-ounce curls. I’ve tried all of these alternative ways to get in some vacation exercise.

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Santa Fe Hiking Experiences

Aspen Vista Trail

Getting high above Santa Fe on the Aspen Vista Trail.

Seems like more and more these days we’re hearing about how children need to spend time outdoors. So when traveling to a city known for its great arts scene, it’s safe to assume a young boy will be itching to get outside more than usual. And the same goes for dad. That’s why I found myself walking beneath the golden Aspens more than 10,000 feet high while my wife was down in the city of Santa Fe browsing art along the famed Canyon Road. Father and son needed some guy time in the great outdoors. And when in Santa Fe, that means heading up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and hitting the trails. We found a perfect afternoon of Santa Fe hiking.

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New Mexico Reflections

Taos Pueblo

We just returned from a week of exploring the art, culture, food and beautiful scenery of North New Mexico. The state’s motto — The Land of Enchantment — is right on the target to describe how I feel after exploring … Continue reading