over the last month or so, i’ve been fortunate enough to spend time in one of my favorite states. among catching up with friends, i made a little time to appreciate the land- this involved making a few trips to the

desert botanical gardens

. Here you will find a vast array of succulents and cacti, you’ll also fill your head with everything you’d ever want to know about the great saguaro. a damn good way to spend a day. last weekend i took a drive on the

apache trail.

 it’s one of those experiences that puts your place in the world into a little perspective. the sonoran desert… it’s so


beautiful, scary and ruthless for the unprepared, and also a little magical.