Arizona

    Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona

    8/29/13 •

    I found a unique treasure in northeastern Arizona — the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site near Ganado. Businessman John Hubbell bought this store in 1878. The Hubbell family sold it to the federal government in 1967, but it’s still in business–the Navajo Nation’s oldest continuously operating trading post. The site encompasses the original 160-acre…

    Houseboating on Lake Powell, Arizona

    7/06/17 •

    My husband and I recently experienced a truly unique vacation–floating for 5 days aboard a 54-foot houseboat on Lake Powell in northern Arizona. This houseboating trip was the most relaxing and scenic getaway we’ve ever taken. Lake Powell was formed in 1962 when the Glen Canyon Dam was completed near Page, Arizona, forcing the blocked…

    Tucson's Rodeo Parade Museum, Arizona

    9/22/13 •

    This is a ‘must see’ if you visit Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum and its more than 100 original and reconditioned wagons, stagecoaches and buggies, is well worth the trip. With names like Conestoga, Belly Dump and Victoria Coach, it’s the largest such collection in the U.S. The guides are Western frontier-history aficionados…

    Day Trip to the Apache Trail in Arizona

    9/01/12 •

    The next time you’re in Phoenix, Arizona, consider a day trip through history along the Apache Trail, also known as State Highway 88. The trail used to be a raiding route for the Apache Indians as well as a stagecoach and freight wagon route between Mesa and Globe. Now it’s a narrow, windy road–some of…

    Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, Arizona

    9/25/13 •

    During a recent trip to Arizona, my husband and I enjoyed an entertaining stop at the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch along I-10, between Tucson and Phoenix. The ranch sells a lot of ostrich-related products, like infertile eggs for eating, feather dusters, oil and eggshells. But the best part was feeding these interesting animals. The cost…

    Visit Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona

    6/09/17 •

    Nearly 50 miles or so southeast of Phoenix, Arizona stands Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, built by the mysterious Hohokam civilization in the early 1300s. Archaeologists suggest that the “Great House” was an observatory of sorts, noting that the small round window on the west wall aligns perfectly with the setting sun on the annual…

    Montezuma Castle and Walnut Canyon, Arizona

    6/13/17 •

    …Monuments, homes to the Sinagua (which means “without water” in Spanish) hundreds of years ago. These peaceful people disappeared mysteriously ages ago, but the monuments–all within easy driving distance of Flagstaff, Arizona–stand as stoic reminders of their culture. Montezuma Castle, about 50 miles south of Flagstaff and just 3 miles east of I-17 (Exit 289),…

    Camp in Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona

    11/21/17 •

    I think Buckskin Mountain State Park is one of the best places to camp when traveling along the Colorado River in west-central Arizona. Located along the so-called Parker Strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam, the park is a great base from which to explore the area’s many wonders. In particular, I…

    Hackberry Visitors Center and Museum, Arizona

    10/11/16 •

    Hackberry, Arizona on Route 66. I immediately added it to my list of “gotta-go-there” places. On a recent trip out west, my husband and I made it a point to cut off of I-40 in northwest Arizona and take the Route 66 loop from Kingman to Seligman. After 25 miles, we found ourselves in Hackberry,…