Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal
Feb21

Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal

November 30, 2017 Story and photographs by Bob Conklin Part 1. Adventure of a Lifetime In this four-part series, I’ll share some stories, tips and pictures from my recent journey. I hope you’ll enjoy it. The trip was certainly an adventure of a lifetime. In this segment, you’ll find an introductory article followed by photographs. You’ll find links to the other parts of the series in “Related Articles &...

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Peak Contributor’s Photo Selected for 2018 AZGFD Calendar
Jan16

Peak Contributor’s Photo Selected for 2018 AZGFD Calendar

December 28, 2017 Tom Mangelsdorf, a frequent photography contributor to The Peak, has won an “Honorable Mention” in the 2018 Arizona Game & Fish Department’s 2018 calendar contest. More than 600 photographs state-wide were entered in the contest. Tom learned about the contest from an article published in The Peak several months ago. In his winning photograph a Gila woodpecker and a honey bee make visual contact. They were both...

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Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal, Part 3
Jan01

Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal, Part 3

December 31, 2017 Story and Photographs by Bob Conklin   Part 3. Onward and Upward Welcome to the third part of this four-part series. Adventure of a Lifetime, Part 1. [Read More] described my pre-trip research and preparations. Starting Place Surprise, Part 2. [Read More] covered our Everest Base Camp trek from our weather-revised starting point of Phapla, Nepal to Namche Bazaar. In this, the third part, we hike onward and...

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When Christmas Came on December 17
Dec15

When Christmas Came on December 17

December 15, 2017 By Rick Smith My fast pitch-softball teammate jabbed my ribs with the end of a bat while advising, “Wake-up, Smith. Don’t be missing any more signals.” In my prior time at bat I’d missed a bunt signal from our third base coach. I assured my teammate that I wouldn’t miss a signal again, but he continued to poke at my side and declare, “Wake up, Smith.” Then I did wake up. On...

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Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal, Part 2.
Dec14

Everest Base Camp Trek: A Photo Journal, Part 2.

December 9, 2017 Story and photographs by Bob Conklin   Part 2. Starting Point Surprise Welcome to the second part of this four-part series. By writing this series, I’m personally re-enjoying my recent trip to Nepal while sharing my experiences and photographs with you. Adventure of a Lifetime, Part 1 described my pre-trip research and preparations. I recommend reading it before you climb into this part, which begins in...

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A True Adventure Story for the Holidays
Nov28

A True Adventure Story for the Holidays

November 15, 2018 Prologue Finding the Way with Humor and Optimism After every big holiday meal, a member of my family will say, “We should go for a walk.” When that happens this year, I’ll surely mention the story below. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to go for a three-mile walk in downtown Scottsdale with your eyes closed? The thought has probably never crossed your mind, but if you took such a risky stroll and survived,...

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The Detour by Rick Smith
Oct15

The Detour by Rick Smith

October 14, 2017 The Detour By Rick Smith As detours go, it wasn’t that bad. Of course, it wasn’t really a detour at all. What it was, was my own lack of homework – otherwise, I would have known about the section of California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) that had been washed away by a landslide from torrential winter rains. The story had been on CNN and all over the news back in January. But I missed...

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Images of Summer Fun 2017
Oct01

Images of Summer Fun 2017

September 30, 2017 Summer Fun 2017 is over but terrific images and articles remain. Thanks again to all those who entered this year’s photography and writing contests, and attended the Summit of Summer Fun.  Enjoy these photographs! They prove that we live in an exceptionally beautiful place.               The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this...

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“Unsung Heroes” by Edie Shannon, Write Stuff Winner
Sep30

“Unsung Heroes” by Edie Shannon, Write Stuff Winner

Winner, My Hero Category 2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest Unsung Heroes By Edie Shannon August 27, 2017   Scottsdale is a wonderful place to visit and live. It has places to go, things to do. Great restaurants, art galleries, theater, mountains to climb, world class resorts. But Scottsdale is a lot more than Fashion Square, although that is a lovely place to shop. It is more than the art galleries, restaurants, theaters and...

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2017 Summer Fun Photo Contest Winners – “One Love” Gets Grand Prize
Sep30

2017 Summer Fun Photo Contest Winners – “One Love” Gets Grand Prize

August 30, 2017 Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Summer Fun Photography Contest. In this issue, we are publishing all the entries that were selected by judges as the top photographs. In the next issue, the September Update issue, The Peak will publish the winner of the Diners’ Choice Award selected by guests at GPPA’s Summit of Summer Fun on September 9th. We will be publishing selected non-winning photographs in the...

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