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TIMELAPSE VIDEO – First “Monsoon Season” afternoon in Tucson

Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone, Arizona

Looking for an Arizona Old West experience? Well, you can find one just 2.5 miles west of Tombstone at Apache Spirit Ranch. Each guest room has a special Western theme, individually decorated with stylish interior modeled from that special time, with all the modern comforts of today. Cozy beds, modern bathrooms, original and unique decorations and an unprecedented attention to detail.

For more info on Tombstone,

Tucson summer monsoon season is winding down

Monsoon Storm Cell

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Temperatures are starting to go down, and we will see fewer monsoon storms. This is a storm cell that passed through last night.

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Tucson Police

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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

Video tour of Sedona, Arizona

Visit Sedona

Music courtesy of Rumblefish Music Licensing Store.
Song One Sweet Day
Artist: Randy Dzielak
Album: World/Soundtrack/Experimental

Flagstaff Arizona is buzzing with activity

Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff, AZ

Downtown Flagstaff was packed with Arizona Cardinal Football fans this past weekend, watching summer camp scrimmage. Also, vacationers escaping the desert heat and Northern Arizona University students returning to school kept the restaurants and stores busy.

The weather is spectacular up there right now, and people are biking, hiking, walking, golfing, and just relaxing.

For information on Flagstaff attractions, vacation rentals, or restaurants, visit

CLICK HERE to see our recent SLIDESHOW of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Cool off and go birding in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Birding - by Ville Miettinen (cc)

Lake Tahoe Birding - by Ville Miettinen (cc)

The San Marcos Record published an article called “Charter trips abound for area birders looking to get out of town“. The article fetaures Elderhostel, a non-profit organization based in Boston, is dedicated to “providing exceptional educational opportunities at a remarkable value.”

During August 23-28 Elderhostel will be taking people to Nevada and the Eastern Sierra, including Lake Tahoe. That trip will also include the Owens Valley and Mono Lake Basin’s International Biosphere Preserve.

If the cost is too steep and you would rather make your own birding plans in Lake Tahoe, then you can find “Birds of the Lake Tahoe Basin”  information on California’s site, and also “Birding in Placer County“, a local’s site.

You can find some local favorite restaurants in Lake Tahoe at, and find vacation rentals on

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

Mining for treasure in Bisbee, Arizona

Bisbee rocks on a Bisbee table

Bisbee rocks on our Bisbee table

When we were in Bisbee, Arizona last, we took in the Queen Mine Tour, which was great and recommended. We are going back again soon, as there is so much to do and see. The reason we only did the mine tour last time we were there is that we wanted to do “local stuff“. We thought that the best way to do that is to not plan too much, and just walk around a lot. We did, and we stumbled on a sign for a thrift sale at the Old Bisbee School (money donated to its renovation), next to the Gym Club Suites (great place to stay). And, not only was it fun walking around the creeky old school house stairs, but we met some friendly folks in there. And to top it off, we found a Bisbee treasure! We discovered an old table for $15, that we now call our “Bisbee table“. The unique table top is pictured with the rocks we bought at the Bisbee mine (click on the image to enlarge it). It is so Bisbee. to find your Cochise County treasure!

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