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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 SantaCruzValley.com.

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 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

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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