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November 2013. It had been many years since we visited Pima Air and Space Museum. When we first moved to Tucson more than 10 years ago, we took our young grandchildren there and had not been back since, except briefly to create one of our 50 original videos when we first started the Guide two years ago. However, my father was visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday and Ms. Karen & I were certain he would enjoy this amazing tour of American history. Dad was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on Christmas Day 1919. That happy event made him, not only a Native American, but also a Native Tucsonan. As a young man, Father was a medic in the European Theater during World War II. He doesn’t talk much about The War, unless he is with people who lived through that most horrific period in world history. As expected, he truly … Continue reading
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 non-profit community art space designed to host exhibitions, performance art, movie screenings, workshops and special events. They are located just off 4th Avenue, near the underpass to Congress Street, across the street from the Shanty. Performers are invited to submit their story for consideration. Themes for the shows are posted on their website, Fluxx Studio and Gallery. … Continue reading
This video is presented by the Arizona State Museum on their new exhibit “Curtis Reframed”. We do not think we could have said it any better than is said in this video. The exhibit will be rolled out in three separate exhibitions, changed every 6 months, the next exhibit rolled out in May of 2014. Edward S. Curtis traveled from Oklahoma to Alaska toting a huge camera where ever he went. Whatever else he was, he was dedicated to the pursuit of cataloging the American Indian. Curtis worked over 30 years on this project, produced 20 volumes of photogravures and sold them by subscription like an encyclopaedia. In all, 222 sets were distributed, over 40,000 images and more than 80 tribes were documented. He has been criticized for staging his photos and taking out parts that were not indicative of the time he was trying to portray, but the fact … Continue reading
It’s hard to imagine the turkey as the official bird of the United States, but if Ben Franklin had his way, it would have been. In a letter to his daughter, Franklin wrote, “I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country! The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.” And with that, there are plenty of opportunities to see Wild Turkey in Ramsey and Carr Canyons, south of Sierra Vista. I am sure that Madera Canyon sports turkeys in the wild, but I have not witnessed it. That said, they are a fairly common sight in Southern Arizona
We’ve “discovered” another Southern Arizona Hidden Treasure. Of course, like all “hidden treasures” we have discovered since starting Southern Arizona Guide 2 years ago, this one is hidden in plain sight. It’s just that most locals and almost all visitors don’t yet know about it. We would like to help correct that. Arizona Folklore Preserve is located in Ramsey Canyon south of Sierra Vista. It was founded in 2000 as a partnership between Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official Balladeer, and the University of Arizona South. For years, Mr. Ellis envisioned a place where our Western heritage could be performed and preserved for posterity. This lovely little theater in the canyon opened in 2001. As Artist-In-Residence, Mr. Ellis performs one weekend a month. Guest artists perform on the other weekends. We first visited the Arizona Folklore Preserve in May 2013 and enjoyed a fine performance by Mr. Ellis. In November 2013, we … Continue reading
November 2013. Because it was a very rainy late fall Saturday afternoon, we didn’t expect Overland Trout to be all that busy. Apparently we had underestimated the buzz over this new restaurant in Sonoita. Fortunately, we had the foresight to make a reservation. We had first heard about Overland Trout when we attended the Annual Fall Roundup at Empire Ranch three weeks earlier. Because Sonoita could be on the way from Tucson to Ramsey Canyon, we decided to stop for lunch there one recent Saturday, and then continue on to the Arizona Folklore Preserve where we had reservations for the 2 PM show. Because the name of this establishment is sufficiently obscure, or at least peculiar, prior to arrival we went to Ask.com to discover its meaning. “An overland trout is an old Western term that was used to describe pigs and hogs, or sometimes bacon.” From this explanation, we … Continue reading
I’m going to say it right off. Lodging & dining at the Arizona Inn is expensive compared with most hotels & inns in Southern Arizona. The far more important question is: “Is it worth the price?” Our answer is, “Yes!” If you’ve got the bucks, the Arizona Inn is one of the finest mid-town resorts in the world. In Tucson and all of Southern Arizona, there is no place for lodging & dining we recommend more highly. For more reviews click here. Of course, the Arizona Inn doesn’t need our “Seal of Approval”. They’re already on Conde Nast’s Traveler Gold List; Travel & Leisure’s list of the Top 500 Hotels In The World; and Wine Spectators’ Award of Excellence. Of the 30,000 places of lodging worldwide rated by AAA, only 4.8% make their Four Diamond list. Only 2.6% of the 29,000 restaurants reviewed by AAA make their 4-Diamond list. Arizona … Continue reading