Tex-Mex

Tex-Mex is the product of both Spanish and Mexican recipes coming together with American foods. Tex-Mex is the name given to food that is heavily influenced by Mexico and the cooking of Mexican-Americans, and blends available foods in the United States with traditional Mexican food. Tex-Mex has its roots in Texas—hence, the name. The phrase […]

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Lost Dutchman State Park, a Scenic Gem

Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert in central Arizona at the base of the Superstition Mountains. The park is named for the “Lost Dutchman,” Jacob Waltz, a German prospector who supposedly knew the location of a fabulously rich gold mine in the mountains. For generations, treasure hunters have been scouring the […]

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Birding Hotspot: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, AZ

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Ramsey Canyon, Patagonia/Sonoita Creek Preserve, and Patagonia Lake State Park. […]

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Globally Important Bird Area: San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, AZ

If you are a birder, Southeastern Arizona is the place to go. San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area encompasses 56,000 acres and some 40 miles of the meandering Upper San Pedro River between the Mexican border and St. David. The word riparian refers to an area where plants and animals thrive because of an availability […]

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Birding Hotspot: Ramsey Canyon Preserve, AZ

Managed by the Nature Conservancy, 380-acre Ramsey Canyon Preserve, located within the Upper San Pedro River Basin in southeastern Arizona, is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and the diversity of its plant and animal life. Known worldwide as a birding hotspot, it is home to more than 400 species of plants and more than […]

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RVing, Birding & Presidents Day: Patagonia, AZ

Many of us will observe Presidents Day today with strong feelings—pro and con—about those who have been in that office. However, since this is NOT a political blog of either the right or the left, I will leave that annalysis to others. On this Presidents Day let’s get out-of-doors, enjoy nature, and celebrate what’s great […]

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Land of the Standing-up Rocks: Chiricahua National Monument, AZ, Part 2

In Bonita Canyon, just beyond the entrance to Chiricahua National Monument, you’ll pass the Faraway Ranch, established in 1888 by Swedish immigrants Neil and Emma Erickson. The story of this family’s immigration is inspiring. They were the ones who promoted the idea of creating a national park here. Though they loved their home, the ranch […]

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Land of the Standing-up Rocks: Chiricahua National Monument, AZ

Filled with extraordinary rock formations, the Chiricahua National Monument in Southeastern Arizona is a wonder to behold. The word “Chiricahua” may be derived from the Opata Indian word for turkey—wild turkeys are common in the area. Chiricahua Mountains is designated by the American Bird Conservancy as a Globally Important Bird Area. With 12,000 acres of […]

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