Cochise and the Battles of Dragoon Springs and Apache Pass

Painting of the Battle of Apache Pass by Joe Beler

Part II – This is the second in a series on the great Chiricahua Chief, Cochise, and his part in the fascinating history of Southern Arizona. For the First Part in the series, Please see the post on Cochise Becomes a “Reservation Indian”. Confederate Soldiers Occupy Tucson In February 1862, … Continue reading

Ghost Town Trail: A Day Trip From Tucson!

Pearce General Store

Shopping at a mall on Black Friday is not for us. Instead, we took our granddaughter, Jessie, and her fiance, Corey, who are visiting from California, to the wide-open spaces of Southeastern Arizona in search of ghost towns along Ghost Town Trail. We left Tucson at 9:30 AM and were … Continue reading

Patagonia: Gateway to the Arizona Trail

Patagonia AZ Train Depot

Patagonia is an important gateway community to the Arizona Trail. The trail goes right through the town! In this video at 1m 45s you will meet Sirena Default, Gateway Community liason and Carolyn Shafer, Patagonia community activist who talks about the importance of Gateway communities to the Arizona Trail project. … Continue reading

Sabino Canyon: A Late Summer Pictorial!

Sabino Creek, Tucson AZ

Here are a few images of Sabino Canyon in late September 2014. The monsoons have been generous with their imported rains this season. So our favorite desert canyon was quite green in the late summer. Now is the perfect time to hike Sabino Canyon. … Continue reading

Mining Patagonia, an Environmental Impact Video

Circle Z Ranch, Patagonia AZ In this video, residents of Patagonia, AZ express their concerns about proposed mines in the Patagonia Mountains. We think they have good reasons for concern. If the Patagonia Mountains are mined, life in this largely rural community will be changed dramatically, and not for the better. Mining operations will destroy … Continue reading

Dia de Los Muertos in Sonora Mexico

12_Paradise-Grave-Shrine

This weekend in Tucson, we will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the increasingly popular All Souls Procession. This is a festive event, Tucson style honoring those that have gone before us. Please watch this video, demonstrating how the Dia de los Muertos event is celebrated in the rural areas … Continue reading