Cactus Of The Week: Engelmann Hedgehog

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Engelmann Hedgehog
Echinocereus engelmannii

Engelmann Hedgehog

The Engelmann Hedgehog has cylindrical stems that grow in bunches of 3-60 stems. Most of the ones I’ve seen look like the above with 5-10 stems. They have wavy ribs and varied colors to their spines making them look “shaggy.”

Engelmann Hedgehog

Reverse Bucket List: F

Today we have F’s reverse bucket list. It’s worth noting that his moniker on many online forums is “Bucket Boy,” a name given to him during his time riding motorcycles—by his mid 20s he’d completed most items on the bucket lists of his older motorcycling peers. Here’s his reverse bucket list:


Served our country in the Air Force.

  • Flew around the world.
  • Got lost in Tokyo.
  • Lived on the equator.
  • Flew with F-15s over Afghanistan.

Driven big trucks:

  • Armored trucks
  • Fire trucks.
  • Semi’s
  • Dump trucks
  • Tow trucks

Rode a motorcycle through 49 states. I’ve rode around on two wheels in every state but Hawaii.

Forrest's motorcycle, Denali

Driven cross-country 10 times (so far).

Flew an airplane.

Was on the front cover of the magazine. One of my Cherokees was featured on the front of 4-Wheel Drive and Sport Utility Magazine in January 2004.


Gave Hummer tours in Moab. I got paid to scare people. Even better, I once showed dinosaur tracks to Mormons.

Won a Nation Championship. (AHRMA Modern Vintage trials)

Vstrom towing Montessa.

Visited most of the National Parks. Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain, Smoky Mountain, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, Crater Lake, Hawaii Volcanoes, Denali, Death Valley, plus more…

-Went to a Red Sox World Series game, drunk. Beth hates that story.


Became a snowbird by 23. I took a brief break but at 30 I’m back to snowbird status!

Worked less than ½ time in my 20s.

Been in an ambulance as a driver, an EMT, a mechanic, and a “patient.” I was a patient in a mass casualty simulation. Hopefully I can avoid being a real patient for a long time.

Rode my motorcycle down through the Baja peninsula.

Rode my motorcycle through Mexico’s Copper Canyon. It might have been drug country, but it was beautiful.

Copper Canyon 2010

Raced on clay oval tracks. I had my own car in Madras, Oregon. I also was the crew chief for a late-model car that set the track record at Willamette Speedway.

Willamette Speedway

Friday Sprocket Flashback

I’ve been horrible about posting this week. It’s just been kinda busy and internet access hasn’t been super forthcoming for me. Anyway, it’s Friday for most of the world (I don’t ever know what day it is anymore) and since Sprocket mentioned his awesome 1st snow experience on his reverse bucket list last week I figured I’d share some of the cute.

(Forrest and I promise to finish editing his reverse bucket list and have it for you next week!)

Arch Canyon: Illegal Highway?

During our hike in Arch Canyon, we saw a ton of trash throughout an otherwise isolated and pristine area. Most of the trash happened to be ready to eat food with Spanish language labels and black jugs. It was an eye opening experience to be so aware of a very different way from yourself to experience a place.

Trash, Arch CanyonBootie, Arch Canyon

Trash, Arch Canyon

Arch Canyon

Arch Canyon

A couple weekends ago, Forrest, Ezra, and I decided we were going to head up Arch Canyon in Organ Pipe National Monument. We were hoping that we’d be able to find a way up the steep canyon walls to reach the summit of Mt. Ajo and return via Bull Pasture.

Arch Canyon trailhead

Natural Arch

One of the things Forrest remarked upon as we hiked through the canyon was how much it reminded him of Utah (and also how incredibly green everything was!). The canyon was very tight in some places as we made our way up the wash—everything was simply stunning!

Arch Canyon

Arch Canyon

We weren’t able to make it onto Mt. Ajo’s summit ridge; we headed to the east as soon as we thought we could traverse the ridge and were foiled by some areas that looked too sketchy to do without ropes. In retrospect, it may be possible to summit if you stay in the wash proper as long as you can and head more directly for the summit. Despite not reaching the summit, we had an excellent day of hiking, scrambling, and even doing some light climbing.

Arch Canyon

Spring, Arch Canyon

Arch Canyon

Arch Canyon

Ezra climbing in Arch Canyon

View from Arch Canyon

Forrest climbing in Arch Canyon

The summit of Mt. Ajo is visible on the left: (SO CLOSE. Yet SO FAR.)

Mt. Ajo


Cardigan Peak

A couple weekends ago, Ezra, Sylvia, and I set out accompanied by Sprocket and Blue for the summit of Cardigan Peak (2,922′) near Ajo. The weather was cool and absolutely perfect for a hiking adventure. Together, we figured out a way to the summit, stopping to relax a few times along the way.

The summit was unexpectedly exciting! There was a nice pile of boulders on the summit. Blue, Sylvia’s dog, wasn’t interested in touching the tip top but since I was going, Sprocket was sure he needed to come too—even if it made me a little bit nervous!

It was so much fun to have friendly hiking partners to enjoy the outdoors (and the post hike ice cream) with!

Beth & Sprocket, summit of Cardigan Peak

Ezra and Sprocket, summit of Cardigan Peak

View from Cardigan Peak

Looking towards the summit of Cardigan Peak

Sunday Sermon

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book…or take a trip…and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure.

That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children.

And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song and it awakens them and saves them from death.

Some never awaken.”

Anais Nin B&W





-Anais Nin

Reverse Bucket List: Sprocket

I shared my reverse bucket list yesterday and today it’s Sprocket’s turn! He’s excited to share all of his awesomeness with you guys:


Dominated my first snow at age 10 weeks. My parents took me up to Mary’s Peak in Oregon and I was plowing through the snow!

Sprocket in the snow

I’ve visited 31 states. I’m only three. Mom & Dad say I should be able to hit up a few more this year too!

Sprocket's visited state map, February 2013Partied in New Iberia, LouisianaEven at a few months old, I knew how to bring the party.

Sleeping puppy

Climbed a 10,000′ foot mountain. My lifetime high point is actually Loveland Pass in Colorado (11,990′) but we drove to the top. I climbed Trapper Peak (10,157′) in Montana all by paw power.

Sprocket on Trapper Peak

Was the Best Dog at my parents wedding.


Gone backpacking. (Twice!) I love hiking but backpacking? I hike, I eat, I swim, and get to cuddle in the tent? WIN. I plan on doing more of this in the next few months.

Sprocket North Fork Bull River Trail

Perfected the perfect mad-dog water jump:

Sprocket, mud jumping

Reverse Bucket List: Beth

I don’t usually get into the internet blogging trends. But in the last week or so there’s been a bunch of “Reverse Bucket List” posts coming across my Google reader and Facebook and Twitter feeds and they’re really uplifting. (Some of which have come from Heather, Heidi, Katie, Becca, and Sarah). So here’s mine. Sprocket’s is coming your way tomorrow. Also, if you’ve written a reverse bucket list and you even occasionally read 3Up Adventures, send me the link, I’ll post ’em all at the bottom of this post for even more inspiration!


Moved myself to college in Maine, all by myself. I picked out my school and went for it. While there, I made some awesome friends, explored New England, and got a great education.

Played college softball for three wonderful years. I wasn’t a star (not even close) but I made it to the top of the “pyramid” my dad always talked about (Olympics aside).

Backpacked by myself. Sure, I took the dog with me, but I spent three days out in the woods alone. It was awesome and healing.

Snowshoe Lake

Married my lovely husband. We had some awesome adventures in our first four years together and married in a wonderful adventure of it’s own.

Wedding portrait

Ran a half marathon. I ran my first half marathon in just over two hours. I’ve also run a handful of other races. I’m not a super runner and I don’t always like it but I love knowing my body can do it.

Adopted the coolest dog. Sprocket is adorable, loving, and pretty much the best thing ever.

Puppy Sprocket

Drove across the country. We circled it once on our USA Roadtrip in 2010 and crossed it again speedy style when we purchased the van.

Traveled to Europe. In 2007, I visited Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. I’ll never forget hanging out in Brussels with some of my chemistry pals, drinking wine in Germany, and hiking in Switzerland with two wonderful friends.


Became a firefighter and EMT. I may have cried when I was asked about being a firefighter but ultimately I embraced it and really enjoyed being a volunteer in Oregon. Living in Idaho, I finally had a chance to become an EMT. I’m looking forward to being able to do both for a fire department again.

Beth, firefighting

Bought a house. Completely gutted it then paid it off. We also bought 75 acres and a cabin and paid that off too.

Embraced uncertainty and quit my job. I quit a job in uncertain economic times and decided to travel while we refigured out our dreams.

Saw lava flow into the ocean. It felt pretty awesome to see new earth being formed. Not to mention that we did the hike over the lava twice in one day.

Did scientific research at sea. And got a masters degree while I was at it.

Beth on Wacoma