On a 100-degree day in 1987 I went searching for a spring in Scottsdale's McDowell Mountains. In part,
my search for that spring was an attempt to learn once and for all if Arizona was trying to kill or
My experiences that day are pivotal in Desert Spring, the book that traces my personal journey from a
New Jersey/Manhattan commuter to a newcomer to the West, then a serious hiker, and finally a
passionate advocate for preservation of the McDowell Mountains.
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