How Paton’s Birder Haven Became World Famous

Violet Crowned Hummingbird.

Like many “Big Deals”, this one started with a “Little Deal”. In this case, the little deal was a flying jewel about 10 cm long and weighed in at about 5 grams. It had feathers, of course. A white underbelly, red beak, and sported a violet crown. It was also … Continue reading

Yuma: A River Runs Through It. Part I

Yuma Territorial Prison Guard Tower

As far a we can tell, without the Colorado River, there would be no Yuma, Arizona. However, because Yuma has abundant water from the River, this Southwest Arizona City has an abundance of attractions for locals and snowbirds alike. Moreover, we at Southern Arizona Guide recently discovered that Yuma is … Continue reading

Puerto Peñasco: A Road Trip to Mexico

Each year at Christmas time, Ms. Karen & I take a road trip from our home in the Tucson Mountains in search of our next adventure. Two years ago, we headed for the Zuni Pueblo, but for our purposes the town was closed to touristas. So we continued on and … Continue reading

Chaco Canyon: A Slideshow

Chaco Culture

During the 4 days that followed Christmas 2013, Ms. Karen & I set out to follow the great Coronado Expedition of 1540 from the San Pedro River Valley in Southeastern Arizona to the Zuni Pueblo just over the Arizona-New Mexico border where he and his followers expected to find the … Continue reading

Hiking Brown Canyon at the Foot of Baboquivari

Baboquivari Peak

In early December, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, made reservations for the Arch Hike in Brown Canyon. Brown Canyon is located on the east side of the Baboquivari Mountains, sacred to the Tohono O’odham. The canyon is only open by reservation from November – April in order to preserve … Continue reading

More Apache Reading Suggestions

Apaches On Horseback

(Editor’s Note: After reading my review of books I have used as resources in writing about local history in general and Apaches in particular, one of our newsletter readers, Tim Simmons, sent me an additional list from his own library. Several of these will be added to my own library … Continue reading

A Downtown Annual Event Not To Be Missed

The Arroyo Cafe Christmas Radio Show

The Arroyo Cafe Christmas Radio Show We had just finished an excellent meal at Senae Thai Bistro on East Congress Street and were casually walking back to our parked car when we happened across Mr. Fitzsimmons and his lovely wife, Ellen. Fitz, of course, is the Arizona Star’s editorial cartoonist. … Continue reading

Ruby Arizona: Our Best Ghost Town

Ruby Interviewing Howard

Ruby Arizona is about 12 miles from Arivaca. About half way there, the road goes from pavement to dirt. But it’s well-maintained and a standard sedan can easily travel on it (unless of course the area gets a hard rain). Again, do not rely on your GPS. ******************** Ruby was a mining […]

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