Pioneer Hotel – The Fire That Destroyed Downtown Tucson

Pioneer Hotel Fire; December 1970.

In the 1920’s, one of Tucson’s richest men was Albert Steinfeld. When he was 18-years-old, the German-born Steinfeld came to Tucson in 1872 via stagecoach to work for his uncle Louis’ mercantile, Zeckendorf’s. Originally, Zeckendorf’s was a large one-story adobe building with a flat roof situated just west of Calle … Continue reading

Moving to Tucson? Things you Need to Know

Stone-window

Occasionally we invite guest writers to share their experiences with our readers. Caleb Pape moved from Michigan two years ago. Here is his story. He has written an insightful ebook as a guide to others that might follow in his footsteps. As a newcomer to Tucson, I found it pretty … Continue reading

Arizona Zipline Adventures Open: Feel The Rush!

Zip Line

I visited Arizona Zipline Adventures on January 29, 2016, the day they opened to the public. While I was there only briefly, I can tell you that if you are reasonably fit, weigh between 50 and 250 pounds, and enjoy a good rush, go for it! AZ Zipline Adventures has … Continue reading

Hiking the Tucson Mountains

Tucson Mountain Park

New Year’s 2016, it being a holiday weekend, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, decided to stay away from the more popular hiking trails and try the Yetman Trail from the west entrance, located at the Southwest end of the Tucson Mountains. Years ago, our first encounter with the Yetman … Continue reading

AllTrails.com: A Useful Resource

yetman-map

We recommend that hikers subscribe to National Geographic’s AllTrails.com. There is a Free version and a PRO version for $29.95 in 2016. The advantage of the PRO version is that you can print off maps and download them to your phone, for use online or offline use. The maps feature … Continue reading

Exploring the Yucca of the Northern Sierra Madres

Mountain Yucca

In this video Mike Foster explores the variety of Yucca in our area and the Northern Sierra Madres. as well as some of its food uses. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people about … Continue reading

Tucson Day Trip 3: Southern Arizona Wine Country

Deer grazing near Sonoita

The dozen or so wineries in the little communities of Sonoita & Elgin are about an hour southeast of Tucson via scenic Hwy. 83.  The terrain here is very different from Tucson. No saguaros, but miles of rolling hills, tall grass & cattle herds and if you look closely you … Continue reading

Hiking in the Tortolita Mountains

Lower Javelina

On a sunny but cool day in December, Ms. Rosemary and I were invited by Toby Parks, Tourism & Marketing Manager for Marana, to join her on an exploratory hike through the Tortolita Mountains just north of Tucson. This was to be an introductory hike of 3-4 miles in an area … Continue reading