Cactus of the Sonoran Desert: The Boojum Tree

Boojum Trees

Headed north to Globe on State Route 77, Yucca and Cardon litter the countryside. A trip from Tucson to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to see the Boojum trees is well worthwhile. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves … 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

Edible Cactus of the Southwest

Prickly Pear preparation

For all you foodies out there who are interested in edible native plants of the Southwest, foods and preparation, this video is for you. Among other things, Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people … Continue reading

Nox Kitchen & Cocktails: A Review!

Nox Kitchen & Cocktails; Tucson AZ

Mary had been Ms. Karen’s bridesmaid many years ago. And even though we all ended up in Tucson, we don’t get to see her as often as we’d like. So, we planned a lunch together at a central location that was also near the Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery at … 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

Exploring the Caves of Southern Arizona

Colossal Cave Entrance for Adventure Tours

Caving in Southern Arizona comes in two varieties. “Expert-led” tours and “self-guided” tours. The majority of the tours below require a guide. Even the ONYX tour, requires a guide with expert knowledge of the cave.

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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

Whitewater Draw Comes Alive; Monsoon Season in Arizona

Whitewater Draw Arizona

The Whitewater Draw comes alive in the monsoon season in Southern Arizona northeast of Bisbee. It is a perfect place to hear the calls of many species of frogs and toads. But you have to be quick and timing is everything. This video by Mike Foster, explains the Monsoons, the … Continue reading