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Magic Hour at Tommy J’s Place

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Last full day in DC – last little bit of monument hunting. And I got to see the one I haven’t yet, the one across the water that always seemed so far away when I’d see it (after, of course, trekking around for hours already). Seeing the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument and World War […]

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Exploring the valley of gold

Oro Valley

  It’s easy to notice the natural charms that frame Oro Valley—the towering, rocky majesty of Pusch Ridge to the east impresses me first; the lush green swath cut through the desert by the Cañada del Oro wash impresses me next. Over a weekend, the rest of the town blows me away. Hiking, golfing and […]

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A day in Ambos Nogales

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The phrase Ambos Nogales, which refers to “both Nogales,” captures the idea of looking past the fence and seeing one community—one city that happens to span two countries, rather than twin cities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora. An hour south of Tucson on Interstate 19, Nogales, Arizona, is a mix of Native American, Hispanic, […]

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In Tucson, Mt. Lemmon Is the Go-To for Outdoor Adventures

It’s called Babad Do’ag in Tohono O’odham native language and often referred to as part of the Sky Islands, but whatever the name, Mount Lemmon and its surroundings are a paradise of outdoor adventures. In summer, winter, spring and fall, the mountain hosts hikers, backpackers, skiers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts looking for mountain air and […]

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A day in Tubac

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Art and history are intertwined in this colorful and rich village along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.   In an idyllic natural setting just 45 minutes south of Tucson by car, this bustling, if small, artists’ colony was the state’s original colonial garrison, the Spanish crown’s sole outpost in the region for more […]

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Piazzale Michelangelo

For my solo day in Florence, I hiked straight to the city’s best observation point. Across the river, through the winding streets and up, up the hill, the Piazzale Michelangelo is magnificent. On a sunny day in February, the city shone, a hint of snowcaps in the distance and what I’m sure were greatly reduced crowds staring […]

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Morning in Florence

I’m the furthest thing from a morning person, but I was awake before the sun rose. It’s our first morning in Florence, unfolding with the only real calm since I got to Italy. The 5,000 or so miles from Tucson doesn’t exactly go by in a rush, but that long travel day is certainly a hurdle. […]

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Europe 2010 scrapbook

Europe 2010 scrapbook

I’ll be posting more updates about my first trip to Europe, but in the meantime, I’ll share some of the more memorable photos from that go-round.  

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So Good, It’s Crimin’ Ale

So Good, It’s Crimin’ Ale

BETWEEN THE COLORADO RIVER and downtown Yuma is the old Territorial Prison, its hilltop guard tower overlooking both the restored wetlands and a reinvigorated main drag. Less than a mile drive from that famous Wild West landmark is the Prison Hill Brewing Company, which when it opened in August became the only craft brewery for 165 […]

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Yucca Valley – Lightning HQ

Yucca Valley – Lightning HQ

It’s just after 11 a.m. on what will soon be a 104-degree day in the Mohave Desert, the bouldered, sun-baked hills outside Yucca Valley are nearly shimmering. I just finished an hour-long conversation with the founders of a record label that proclaims “we believe in the transcendent power of rock ‘n’ roll.” And, despite my […]

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