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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


Another beautiful day in Southern Arizona

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Tucson sky

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

Tucson Sunset last night

Monsoons are not here in Tucson yet, but the clouds are starting to become interesting.

Follow the Tucson Dew Point Tracker at NOAA. We need three days in a row of dew points at 55 deg or above. That used to be the Official Monsoon Season (dew points), but has since changed to June 15th.

Birds sing their Spring songs in Tucson, Arizona

Spring is in the air

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

Spring is in the air in Tucson. The birds are putting on their best shows. They seem to be flying in pairs and singing often with unique melodies. Thrashers, Northern Mockingbirds, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Doves, Cactus Wren, Goldfinch, and so many more are singing their best songs. Hummingbirds are whistling away in their high-pitched songs. Even the bats are back at night.

We are seeing birds building nests, specifically, Cactus Wren and Phainopepla with mouthfuls of nest material. The owls are singing their songs at night too.

Today an Abert’s Towhee flew in after a long absence. Glad to see them back. We look forward to documenting the migrating birds to Tucson’s Catalina Foothills on

If you enjoy birding, it is a great time to visit Tucson, the rest of the Santa Cruz Valley, and Cochise County.

Discover Arizona in 2010!

Is Frommer’s really a reliable source for Arizona travel information?

Elk in Flagstaff two weeks ago

Elk in Flagstaff two weeks ago

Arthur Frommer recently blogged about his gun control views, and revealed how little he knows about the Constitution and Arizona. We are not condoning intimidation of any kind, whether it be by legal firearms carriers in Arizona or ACORN members.

But, Mr. Frommers comments like, “I will begin thinking about whether tourists should safeguard themselves by avoiding stays in Arizonaare ludicrous and fear mongering. We love, live, and document the great places to visit in Arizona almost everyday. 

Listen to the friendly welcoming people that do live here, unlike Frommer’s, a travel guide by a guy that doesn’t.

Arizona is a great place to visit, and for Mr. Frommer to suggest,  “should we all organize a travel boycott of Arizona“, punishing everyone in Arizona is unfair.

Folk’s, you don’t need Frommer’s anyway. for yourself.

Check your golf clubs specifications for a better game

Check your golf club specifications, especially on your irons, for a lower scores and better shots. You can do that in Tempe-Phoenix at Arizona Golf Works, as the have bending machines for both irons and putters. In Tucson, try Arizona Golf Exchange. They too have a Mitchell bending machine for irons.

Standand length, swingweight, loft/lie golf club specs, and other information can be found at Clubmaker.NET.

Fancy Face Golf Clubs - circa 1930's

Fancy Face Golf Clubs - circa 1930's

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

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Santa Cruz Valley folks seek reform of nation’s 1872 mining law

The Sahuarita Sun reports, “Sahuarita has seat at Washington talks on mines”, and that “Farmers Investment Co. owners Dick Walden (Waldens own 5,000 acres of pecan groves) and Nan Stockholm Walden of Sahuarita and two other local activists attended the hearing and presented senators with an inch-thick set of documents on the proposed Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains titled, “An Example of the Devastating Impacts of an Antiquated Law in One of the Most Scenic Areas of Arizona.”

Murray Bolesta photo of proposed mine site

Murray Bolesta photo of proposed mine site

The Sun further stated, “Senators were given a 2008 letter from the Arizona Game and Fish Department to the Forest Service says the mine would virtually destroy wildlife habitat in the northern Santa Rita Mountains, and could jeopardize groundwater supplies in the Santa Cruz Valley for decades.”

Photographs of the of Santa Rita Mountains by Santa Cruz Valley’s own, Murray Bolesta of CactusHuggers Gallery in Tubac, were used as part of effort at US Senate on Tuesday to confront US mining law and the Rosemont situation.

Nice shootin’, Murray!

For more information visit these sites:

US Senate link on issue
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR)
Sky Island Alliance
CactusHuggers Photography
Image used with permisson.

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