Monthly Archives: February 2011

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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You’ll find Gold in the Superstitions

Who says there’s no gold in them thar hills? Lost Dutchman State Park could be a goldmine for Arizona. It has beautiful trails and is just minutes away from Apache Junction, Canyon Lake, and Goldfield Ghost Town. Delays in a … Continue reading

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Homolovi, AZ: What’s in a Name?

Arizona could soon rename and reopen an existing state park.  It’s a protected area that already has a state park designation but operating under a different name. The Hopi Tribe recently entered into a one-year agreement with Arizona State Parks, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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