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Navajo County Courthouse

Holbrook, Arizona – March 20, 2022 Holbrook, Arizona, located in the northeastern corner of the state, is the seat of Navajo County, which was split off from neighboring Apache County in 1895. Both counties are still huge: Navajo measures 9,960 square miles, and Apache still has more than 11,000 square miles even after the division…. Continue Reading →

Tuzigoot National Monument

March 19, 2022 – Clarkdale, Arizona We enjoyed a one-week stay in Camp Verde, Arizona, in mid-March of 2022, which allowed easy access to two National Park Service (NPS) sites. The first was Montezuma Castle National Monument, a cliff dwelling on which construction began a thousand years ago and which we visited on a couple… Continue Reading →

Montezuma Castle National Monument

March 14 & 15, 2022 – Near Camp Verde, Arizona Having nothing at all to do with Montezuma, the early 16th-century emperor of the Aztecs (known now as Moctezuma II), nor a castle in any sense of the word, Montezuma Castle National Monument is still a very rewarding site to visit. Because access to enter… Continue Reading →

Saguaro National Park

March 12, 2022 – Tucson, Arizona Nancy and I visited Tucson in 2010 in part to see the Colorado Rockies baseball club play a spring training game. It was their last spring in Tucson, as they moved their training operations to Phoenix the next year. We got a rental car at the airport, and driving… Continue Reading →

Pima Air & Space Museum, Day 2

March 6, 2022 We’ve found that many museums and other attractions in the southwest allow visitors to bring their dogs along. That policy is probably, at least in part, so that people don’t leave their dogs in their cars. For whatever reason it is, we’re good with it. Gunther was able to join us on… Continue Reading →

Tucson Botanical Garden

March 5, 2022 Nancy and I decided to pay a visit to the Tucson Botanical Gardens on a quiet Saturday morning in early March. The garden grounds are located in the northwest corner of the city, in a pleasant area of residential neighborhoods and small businesses. The gardens are at an expansive former family home,… Continue Reading →

Pima Air & Space Museum, Day 1

March 4, 2022 – Tucson, Arizona Until 1947, the U.S. Air Force was a component of the U.S. Army (during World War II the branch was known as the United States Army Air Forces). In 1966, during a celebration of the anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Air Force, military commanders in the Tucson… Continue Reading →

Lake Cochise

February 19, 2022 – Willcox, Arizona In arid areas like southeastern Arizona, water is especially important. Not least of all is its ability to support wildlife, and a wide range of it. Lake Cochise, just east of the town of Willcox, is one of the biggest bodies of water in the region. Located in the… Continue Reading →

Chiricahua National Monument

February 13, 2022 – 35 miles southeast of Willcox, Arizona The Chiricahua Apache culture entered what is now the southwestern United States sometime between the years 1400 and 1500. They were nomadic, moving with the seasons as hunting and farming conditions changed. Being a warrior was a sacred honor for both genders of Apaches. They… Continue Reading →

Tombstone, Arizona

February 12, 2022 Tombstone is about the same distance from Willcox, Arizona, and from Tucson, the next city we stayed at in Arizona. We decided to make it a day trip from our campsite in Willcox. Neither of us had been to Tombstone before, and Gunther hadn’t, either, so we brought him along. Tombstone started… Continue Reading →

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