Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point

Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point After living in Arizona for over 30 years, one would think I have hiked the Grand Canyon at least once. As it may be, not true. I’ve been one of the millions of onlookers from above and that is all. Our original goal was to take the little guy and go on a backpacking …

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Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail

Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail An adventure I’ll soon never forget. I had it all planned. 7am drop off at the Lost Dutchman State Park. Hike up the Siphon Draw Trail #53 to Flatiron. Hop on over to Superstition Peak 5024 and camp out along the Superstition Ridgeline Trail to Three Sisters and bag 5057. Then head on out to …

How I got Hooked on Hiking

How I got Hooked on Hiking Getting hooked on hiking is pretty easy and instead of sulking over the loss of 40 plus years of missed adventures why not start now?! It can’t be ‘that’ difficult, right? Earlier in the spring of 2017 I picked up the little guy from school and off we went on a new adventure. We …

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‘At the Zoo with Lil Boo’ WINS PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD

‘At the Zoo with Lil Boo’ WINS PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2012) – The judges of the third annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and At the Zoo with Lil Boo by Daddy Bookins, won an Honorable Mention Place in the Animals Pets category. “Winning any place in the …

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Horatian Ode – At the Zoo with Lil Boo – First Draft Exclusive

I have been reluctant to post this rough draft of the second book.  Why? Perhaps just my own insecurities.  Perhaps I was afraid of dishonoring the great poet Horace.  Perhaps…well I just don’t know, quite simply enough it was my first ever attempt at writing a Horatian Ode and I was unsure how or if anyone would accept it.  I was at odds with …

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – It is true, I never would have imagined at the ripe age of 6 where I would have been at 20, 30 or even now coming up to 36 (Yes, I just gave away my true age).  The other week, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with #lilboo’s classmates and read the wonderful Dr. Seuss book, …