Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa de San Pedro, Hereford, Arizona

Author: , July 27th, 2015

Casa de San Pedro

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Welcome to Southern Arizona’s Casa de San Pedro, located on the San Pedro River in Hereford, just ninety miles south of Tucson. Our bed and breakfast features a Territorial hacienda with 10 guest rooms and one King Casita.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Sky Islands region of Arizona

Kayaking Arizona’s Salt River

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Carlos Melia KayakingThis morning at 8AM I was picked up by John my expert outback guide by AOA – Arizona Outback Adventures, and we drove for almost 45 minutes East from Phoenix along McDowell and Superstition Mountains and the stream of the Salt River and the Sonoran Desert as the background, to reach Salt River Park, starting point of our Kayaking in Arizona experience.

Float down the Lower Salt River on a guided kayak tour or guided rafting trip and discover a scenic and relaxing desert oasis. While drifting on this class 1 river you are surrounded by spectacular, unobstructed 70-mile views into 4 different mountain ranges. Flowing from the mountains in Northern Arizona, the Salt River is captured by four dams and released for use by Phoenicians and farmers year-round.

A reliable source of water, the Salt River attracts a variety of wild life, making it common to enjoy close encounters with animals enjoying their natural habitat. Some favorites include; groups of wild horses ambling along the riverbanks, Great Blue Herons and the majestic Bald Eagle hunting for prey.

Such a relaxing and rewarding morning, learning about the Sonoran Desert, local native Americans, the desert ecosystem, while floating and paddling along the Salt River.

Won’t take you longer than a full morning, and if you choose booking the option which includes transfers in/out, you will be back at your hotel before lunch, unless you really enjoy the outdoors and opt for the full day option. Josh, my guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I went for the private tour option, but prices for the regular tours start at USD 100 per person on.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Up in A Hot Air Balloon Above the Sonora Desert

Author: , July 22nd, 2013

Carlos MeliaToday I crossed out of my Travel Bucket List, one of the items was ranking high, and this was Hot Air Ballooning. Early morning (5AM) pick up at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, to go chasing winds among other fellow tourist, to be able to make a reality our wish to fly. This was my second chance, during my week stay in Arizona.

First one failed due to weather and winds conditions, reason why our pilot, Captain Patrick, decided to cancel the first flight, which made me feel very comfortable about safety. So after an hour of riding across the Sonoran Desert, looking for the perfect flying spot, we reached the area of Lake Pleasant and Wild Horse, within the region of Scottsdale, approximately 45 minutes away from the city of Phoenix.

I will not bore you with much more details, and I will allow my photos and videos to document this spectacular, quite daunting, experience, which took me on a basket, along with other 15 people, to a maximum height of 9000 Feet (crazy and lots of adrenaline). The flight was of over 45 minutes, and upon landing we enjoyed a lovely champagne breakfast, for the official ceremony of Hot Air Ballooning graduation.

Yet another certificate to add to my life travel and adventure around the world, along the Elephants Mahout Driver License, Tigers Up-Close Encounter among many others. If you are not too scared of heights, and do not mind an early morning, Hot Air Ballooning, is a life experience you must try.

I chose Hot Air Expeditions for my flight, based in Phoenix. As I always say, when doing these types of activities, is ALWAYS very important to do exhaustive research on the provider you will book. Hope you enjoy how I have documented this spectacular experience.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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