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A short road trip from Tucson to Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon by SearchNetMedia
Madera Canyon, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

We took a short road trip from Tucson to Madera Canyon yesterday. It was cool temps and fragrant pine air. A great “birding” spot! Yesterday we were fortunate to see some “wild turkeys”.

For a slide show of the big birds:

Madera Canyon – slideshow #1

For a slideshow of another Madera Canyon visit, from Tucson through Sahuarita and Green Valley, see:

Santa Cruz Valley – Madera Canyon-Green Valley-Sahuarita – slideshow #2

For more places to visit around Madera Canyon, visit


Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Tucson Police

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

Take a video tour of Arizona’s Santa Cruz Valley – Tucson to Nogales

A few of our images from Tucson to Nogales by way of Tucson – Sahuarita – Green Valley – Amado – Madera Canyon – Tubac – Tumacacori – Rio Rico – Nogales. Visit Arizona’s Santa Cruz Valley.

Music courtesy of Rumblefish Music Licensing Store.
Song Just One More Thing
Artist: Dennis Hitchcox
Album: Instrumentals Volume I

Take a video tour of Arivaca, Arizona

Discover Southern Arizona

Music courtesy of Rumblefish Music Licensing Store.
Song: Roadless
Artist: McKenzie Stubbert
Album: Pushplay Vol. 1

Arizona winter and monsoon storms can be deceptive and dangerous to drivers

This is a photograph of the Tanque Verde Wash on Tanque Verde Loop in east Tucson (Pima County), yesterday. While it was barricaded off, sometimes drivers take risks and go around the barricades, like this truck. Inches of fast running water can wash a truck off the road, and flip it upside down, risk the lives of all in the vehicle and the rescuers that come to help.

This is very dangerous, and if you see other vehicles crossing, don’t do it yourself. Respect the power of the desert. Fortunately, for this driver that did not happen.

This Southern Arizona Cochise County Monsoon Awareness Guide (winter storms are equally dangerous) has good basic information – CLICK HERE.

Land on Tucson this winter


Tucson Moonrise

The weather in Tucson is getting real nice, so come down and Discover Southern Arizona.

There are truly so many places to “discover” in Arizona, and Tucson is a great place to stay as your base.  Directly south of Tucson is the Santa Cruz Valley. To the southeast is Cochise County. Each is rich in history, art, culture, beauty, and great wine.

If you want to go north, then Casa Grande is minutes away, and great golf is not much further in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

Venture just an a little more than an hour north of Scottsdale, and explore Prescott, Sedona, and Flagstaff.

Arizona is so beautiful and diverse. So, think about coming out West this winter to

Tucson mini road trip – Destination Arivaca, Arizona

A fun little destination, not far from Tucson, is Arivaca, Arizona. It is a scenic drive. Frequented by bicyclists and bikers, and you will see them at a recommened first stop, the Gadsden Coffee Company. It is a local hang out too. And buy a coffee mug. We did. Gadsden’s Coffee is on the main road into the Arivaca townsite. Click here for more information on Arivaca.

Arivaca was originally a Tohono O’odham (Pima – Papago) Indian village. The Pima called it Al Wa:k or “place of small water or springs”. Later as a visita of Guevavi Mission, it was called Santa Gertrudis de Aribaca.

Watching the sunrise

Watching the sunrise

Mountain lion near Amado destroys farm’s petting zoo

Mountain lion

Mountain lion

Predator Xtreme reported, “Mountain Lion Wipes Out Farm’s Petting Zoo” in early July. The owners of Agua Linda Farm, a petting zoo farm near Amado, Arizona in the Santa Cruz Valley, had never seen a mountain lion on the premises until about a month ago. It destroyed sheep and goats. The mountain lion was treed and shot.

The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch at Picacho Peak, near Casa Grande, had a big cat that took down some of their ostriches a while back. There have been hundreds of sightings mountain lions in the Tucson area. Last year, there were warning signs in Sabino Canyon. I have spoken to two people that have spotted them in the Catalina Foothills. The only ones I have seen are at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, pictured here.

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