Sonoita Wine Tasting Tour: July 2015

Group at Callaghan Vineyards

First stop: Callaghan Vineyards. Lisa Callaghan (right) poured the wine and described the characteristics of each. Here the group received their wine glasses that they would take with them to the other wineries. On a pleasant Sunday in July, our group of 5 intrepid adventurers set out from Tucson about … Continue reading

Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest; A Review

Broad-billed Hummingbird: Ramsey Canyon

Hummingbird Lovers: Book Lovers: A brand new book by Marcy Scott is out. It is an exhaustive compilation of hummingbird plants in the Southwest. Everyone loves hummingbirds. Their beauty, size, energy and performance antics inspire us. Marcy Scott has written a book about these endearing critters; their description, environment, migratory … Continue reading

Mercedes a Traditional Healer

Mercedes Traditional Healer

Mike Foster shows us another culture and talks about Mercedes, a traditional healer from a small town not far from the Sea of Cortez. There is no modern medical doctor or clinic here. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro … Continue reading

The Apache Wars: A Timeline Part 1

Apache Pass Arizona

This is the first of a six part series about the longest war in American History. The saga of the Apache Wars is both complex and compelling. For over a quarter century,  roughly 1861-1886, hundreds of ambushes, raids, massacres, and full-fledged military battles occurred over a huge, rugged, and diverse … Continue reading

How did Mt. Lemmon Get Its Name?

Mt. Lemmon

Did you ever wonder how Mr. Lemmon got its name? No, Mt. Lemmon is not named after a tree. It is spelled with two “M”s , not one. Mt. Lemmon is named after botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, wife of another botanist, John Lemmon. In the 1880’s, few white people had … Continue reading

A Summer Picnic At Carr Canyon

Reef Townsite Campground high above Carr Canyon.

(July 2015) As we often do in the heat of summer, last Sunday we headed for higher elevation. Carr Canyon is just south of Ramsey Canyon and a lot less crowded than Mt. Lemmon. For a second year in a row, we picnicked at Reef Townsite Campground near the top … Continue reading

Is Sullivan’s The Best Steakhouse In Tucson?

Diner Steak Sullivans

As many of you already know, we are on a mission to discover the Top 10 Steakhouses in Tucson. The first year of the Guide, we published the Top 3 Mexican Restaurants. The following year it was the Top 10 Burgers in Tucson. Last year we ranked the Top 10 … Continue reading

Cholla Bud Harvesting

Purple Cholla Blossoms resized copy

With the resurgence in interest in native Arizona foods, we are rediscovering what foods are readily available in our desert environment. From mesquite flour, to prickly pear, palo verde beans and here, Cholla buds, which are actually a delicacy in some circles. Watch this video produced by Mike Foster, from … Continue reading