Natural Way to Discourage Ants


It’s summer and that means ants. But how to control them? Forget the expensive sprays to get rid of ants that are ruining your backyard serenity. Mix a concoction of half Borax, half sugar and pore it on the path. The ants will eat it, not knowing the difference and … Continue reading

There’s a Bee Swarm in my Yard!

Swarm of Bees

OR.. “WHAT THE H… IS THAT?” This is a bee swarm. As best I can tell it is an Africanized bee swarm. (They just don’t Look like honey bees.) We were on our way to Tombstone for their “Tombstone at Twilight”, which happens most 4th Saturday’s of the month. Pulling … Continue reading

Mt. Lemmon Cabin for Rent

Palisades Cabin

As the weather warms, Tucsonans will be searching for a way to get out of the heat! You can go camping on Mt. Lemmon or you can take a slightly more comfortable route and stay at the Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin, renting for $125 a night. The cabin sleeps 4 … Continue reading

Portal Cabin Rentals

Portal Bunkhouse

Birders will be pleased to hear that the Coronado National Forest is adding two cabins to the Portal area; The CCC Portal Bunkhouse and the CCC Portal House. Both house feature a fully stocked kitchen, sleep 4 or 5 and run $100-150 a night. For more information visit the Coronado … Continue reading

Firewheel, a Southwest Wildflower


Firewheel, a wildflower, common in the Southwest is also known as Indian Blanket. An annual, it reseeds itself readily if allowed the opportunity. The Firewheel is in the Aster family. Requirements: Sandy Soil, good drainage. Special Value to native bees. My firewheel came in a wildflower package from Native Seeds. … Continue reading

How’d that Snake Get in my House!?

Sonoran Gopher Snake

This is part of our series: “Things they never tell you before you move to Arizona”  -kr How might a snake get into your house? Hint: check your dryer vent. Here’s the back story and the fix. One hot summer day, I was out in my rose garden and watched … Continue reading

Get Your Annual State Parks Pass!

If you haunt the State Parks as much as we do, you will get your monies worth out of an Annual State Parks Pass. In Southern Arizona, it can be used at a half a dozen or so places. If you go to any of these frequently for Hikes or … Continue reading

Are Javelina Dangerous?


There is no shortage of rumors of attacks by the “vicious” javelina. In this video Mike Foster talks about safety when it comes to confronting the Collared Peccary.

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An Animal Story from Aravaipa Canyon

Odessey Storytelling

While researching Odyssey Storytelling at the Fluxx Studio and Gallery I came across a story about an encounter with wildlife in Aravaipa Canyon. Since we are planning a two-day adventure through the canyon with a stay at Booger Canyon, I found this particularly interesting. Fluxx Studio and Gallery is a … Continue reading