Book Early for our First Santa Cruz River Valley Tour

Mission Tumacacori

Southern Arizona Guide Presents The Santa Cruz River Valley Tour Join us Wednesday,¬†November 12, 2014 for a pleasant day trip through the Santa Cruz River Valley and discover its rich history, cultural heritage, unique landscape, and distinctive foods. Your guide for the day will be Jim Gressinger, travel writer, photographer, … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Reading: J. A. Jance; A Review

J.A. Jance

Years ago, when Jim and I visited Bisbee for the second or third time, we had occasion to stay overnight at the Copper Queen to seek out the ghosts of Bisbee, who were said to inhabit this century old grande dame hotel. We were given an impromptu tour of the … Continue reading

Summer on the San Pedro River

Summer on the San Pedro

This is a charming video portraying a high school graduate’s summer spent exploring the San Pedro Riparian and Conservation Area. If you don’t know what the SPRNCA has to offer watch this video. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro … Continue reading

Polish Cottage: A Review!

Polish Cottage Restaurant Tucson Arizona

It took several months to arrange for this review of Polish Cottage on East Broadway. Not being Polish, or as far as I know, never having had authentic Polish cuisine, I had to find someone of Polish ancestry and culture to accompany us. How else would I be able to … Continue reading

Plants of the San Pedro River and the Borderlands

Plants of San Pedro River

Watch this inspiring video describing over 50 desert plants that inhabit the region around the San Pedro River and the borderland hills. Mimi Kamp talks about edible and medicinal plants as well as Desert Tobacco and its use. Did you ever wonder what a live Devil’s Claw looks like before … Continue reading

Desert Pavement and Desert Varnish

Desert Pavement

Denise Bausch of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the Colorado River in Southwest Arizona near Yuma defines desert pavement and desert varnish and their importance in desert environments. It’s a two hour Drive from Yuma, a bit closer from Blythe, but if you want a true desert environment experience, … Continue reading

Canyon Rose Suites: A Bisbee Lodging Review!

Canyon Rose Suites Sign

I stayed one July night in the least expensive room ($99) at the Canyon Rose Suites and found it a pleasant experience. Built at the turn of the previous century, this old Allen Building was originally constructed for a furniture manufacturing operation. It was acquired by owners Brett & Alison … Continue reading

Renee’s Organic Oven: A Review

Renee's Organic Oven

Editor’s Note: Please see Renee’s comments at the end of this review. (July 2014) A few years after we moved to Tucson from LA, we became friends with 4 other couples, all of whom were big supporters of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. For years, we played golf together at various … Continue reading