Hike - Willow Spring Trail

The Basics

I wanted to get back out & check out more of the Willow Spring area. I followed a path that goes out to the right and around the closest peak. It was a much less travelled path, but worth the effort. I also tested out a bit of the hike out to the lake, and that was a good trip, except it was all wash, so I needed some gaiters to keep the rocks out of my boots. Those should be here later this week, and maybe I’ll give that hike a better look, but it’s about 15 miles out & back.






Moment 58mm Telephoto Lens

Moment 58mm Lens

The moment lens is a high quality add on lens for your iPhone. On the iPhone 11 Pro Max with it’s 2x optical zoom this lens adds an additional 2x zoom, bringing optical zoom to a total of 4x optical. Sample pictures to show the zoom level are below.

You can find the lens on the Moment Website, it does require one of their cases or lens mounts as well.

iPhone 11 Pro Max 0.5x wide angle


iPhone 11 Pro Max 1.0x wide angle


iPhone 11 Pro Max 2.0x wide angle


iPhone 11 Pro Max 2.0x wide angle with 58mm (2x) Moment Telephoto lens


Comparison of the zoom angle in a single image


Hike - Willow Spring Trail

The Basics

This hike was in a new area that I had not explored before. The trailhead is just north and across the street from the Weavers Needle Vista Viewpoint on AZ-88, starting @ the Bulldog OHV parking lot on AZ-88 & FR-12.

There are lots of trails in the area to choose from, we had planned a route of about 8 miles, but ended up cutting it very short due to time, as we spent a lot of time playing with the drone.

Willow Spring




While hiking we stopped @ a few spots to do some shots with my new Mavic Mini. I didn’t like any of the shots that I did, so I’m sharing the ones that Jeremy shot.

Jeremys 1st Pan

Jeremys 2nd Pan

Driving Mogollon Rim Road

The Basics

Today was our first drive along the Mogollon Rim, it was a very beautiful drive, that took a total of about 10 hours round trip.

The rim road (FR 300) was a beautiful route & a nice road, you could do the whole route in pretty much any car if you had the road to yourself. But in places the road is narrow & you may have to move a tire off the edge to let others pass, so I’d recommend having some ground clearance so you don’t scrape.

Our route is shown below starting from 87 & 260 in Payson, AZ, and ending at the same point.

The Hike

Before the drive we stopped @ Water Wheel Falls, for a short hike, we weren’t really prepared for any type of hike, so we turned around at the water crossing, but the part we did (about 2/3 mile total) was good, with nice scenery.

The Rim Road

The Rim Road was a beautiful drive. We only made a few stops this trip, since we knew we wanted to finish the whole thing & we had to get back home to the dog. There was one quick stop for lunch & a short off shoot to get to Myrtle Point. This road was more challenging. The last section has some large rocks, and some tight squeezes between trees. The Tacoma came out unharmed, but I was definitely concerned about getting some AZ pin striping.

Click into the Gaia GPS map above for details of our route & way points, or follow below for the info about the Rim Road from All Trails.

Converting Paprika 3 Recipes to Markdown

I’ve been working on converting all of my text based data to markdown to make it more portable.

I’ve found a great iOS app to use for my recipes, using Grocery App, which I covered yesterday.

Now the problem is that I need to get all my recipes out of Paprika 3 and into markdown. This post will cover that process as it unfolds, and provide the code needed if you come across the same problem.

The general plan

At this point I’ve only done a quick review of what options Paprika provides for an export:

  • HTML
  • Paprika Format

The HTML code generated wasn’t bad & I considered using pandoc, but I need to do a little additional formatting to get the data into the format Grocery App wants. And I like the format Grocery is using so I’m going all in with that.

So option two was Paprika Format, it turns out it isn’t too bad & should be easy to script.

What I know so far:

  • In Paprika 3 choose File -> Export…
  • Provide a name & location
  • Categories: All Recipes
  • Format: Paprika Recipe Format
  • Click Export

  • This will provide a single file My Recipes.paprikarecipes (plural)
  • CD to where this file was extracted
  • running the linux/macOS command file My\ Recipes.paprikarecipes on this tells us it is a Zip archive.
  • So we just need to run a simple unzip My\ Recipes.paprikarecipes to extract the file.
  • remove this file so it doesn’t cause future problems rm 'My Recipes.paprikarecipes'
  • We now have a whole bunch of *.paprikarecipe (singular) files, these are oddly gzip files
  • run gunzip to extract these gunzip *.paprikarecipe
  • make sure rename is installed: brew install rename
  • rename files to .gz from .paprikarecipe rename s/\.paprikarecipe/\.gz/g *.paprikarecipe
  • extract all the recipes gunzip *.gz
  • the files are now json format so rename them with the right extension rename s/$/\.json/g *
Tags: recipes code