Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Charreada, A Mexican Tradition

Hiding behind a cinderblock wall off Broadway in South Phoenix is Rancho Ochoa Rodeo Grounds and just down the road from there is Corona Ranch and Rodeo. If you're lucky enough to get down that way on a weekend, then treat yourself to an authentic Phoenix experience — a traditional Charreada, a Mexican-style rodeo that shows off roping and riding skills. Everyone loves a rodeo, but this cultural event is truly something to be celebrated. Not to mention, you'll always find home-cooked Mexican food, cold cerveza and a crowd passionately cheering for its charros and charras. In April, I was lucky enough to catch a early evening practice, but I will be back for the main event. ¡Salud!
Rope Tricks. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Charros entering the arena. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Escaramuzas charras. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Charro in sombrero. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Rope tricks. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Escaramuzas charra and a young charro. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
The Charro Roping. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Entering the arena. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Traditional Charro clothing and sombrero. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography
Rope Tricks. Phoenix, AZ. 2013. ©Jill Richards Photography




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bryce Hiking Weekend — REI Signature Camping

I think my husband is going to regret inviting me on a hiking weekend in Bryce Canyon National Park with REI at one of their new Signature Campsites. Let's just say, from now on I'm going to expect a cold, scented towel and iced lemonade after all hikes. 

I've experienced Bryce Canyon before, but never like this and especially not in a tent setup large enough for a closet, mirror and nightstand. The campsite is impressive with its spacious tents and wooden platforms. Did I mention they deliver French press coffee to your tent every morning? 

While REI brings together all the comfort and style a camper could want, it's the beauty of Bryce Canyon that steals the show. Hikes in Bryce wind through incredible landscapes of red rock and hoodoos — tall, skinny spires of rock. The slot canyons of Escalante are sandstone playgrounds, filled with plenty of challenges. This place is amazing!

Not only did our weekend in Utah give us a much-needed break from the Phoenix heat, it gave my outdoors-loving husband a glimpse into our future as campers. I'd like to thank REI for that.

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography
Bryce Canyon Signature Camp details. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon National Park. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp and Eno hammocks. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp details. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Hiking in Bryce. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Geoff turns 50. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Campfire. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp details. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

French press coffee in the morning. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography 
Outdoor kitchen. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Trails and gourmet meals. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Outdoor kitchen. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail & Kodachrome S.P. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Geoff and Jane. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Slot canyons in Escalante. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography 
Guiding in Escalante. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography


Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail & Escalante. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography 
Bryce Canyon Signature Camp. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography