Land of Geronimo and Cochise
By Ellen Morgan
With the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Four Corners area and many other geographical wonders in the northern end of the state, southeastern Arizona, steeped in both natural history and human history, is often overlooked. But it is not to be missed!
This was the home of Cochise. This was the land of Geronimo. This was the land of copper mines, silver mines, gold mines, Army forts, Indian wars, cowboys, cattle rustlers, gamblers, the Earp brothers and the Clantons and Doc Holiday. Southeastern Arizona was the quintessential Wild West. This place oozes with tales and legends and beauty. And it is all still here for us to enjoy. Read more…
Newberry Springs, California RT 66
Text & Photos By Lara Hartley
“Bon jour! Comment allez-vous?”, Andree Pruett called out to the gaggle of tourists fresh off the bus parked in front of the Bagdad Cafe of which she is the proud owner. The odd cafe is a landmark location on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, California.
She whispered to me slyly, “That’s French for ‘Hello, how are you.’ ” She jumped up and started shaking hands, inviting smiling people to stand behind the scarred and battered green formica counter so she could take their picture with the cafe’s Route 66 sign. They were all very happy to be there. Read more…
Hiking Zion National Park
If you’re looking for a fun destination for hiking, but still want to stay cool this summer, check out Zion National Park. Just two and a half hours from Las Vegas, Zion offers trails and outdoor recreation for all levels. During my visit I had a great time hiking several trails along the Virgin River. Zion has a shuttle service that runs from mid-March through the end of October. It stops at nine locations within the park; visitors are able to pick it up from various stops in the nearby town of Springdale, UT. Avoid driving your car into Zion, the traffic in summer can be a real challenge. Read more …
Ghost Mountain – The Experiment in Primitive Living
by Diana Lindsay
It was nighttime in the desert, and I was sitting on a rock looking at all the stars and planets in the dark sky above me. I had to wonder, are we really alone? Of course, many people have asked that question. I’d like to tell you about one of them, and about Giant Rock, located near Landers, California. The man’s name was George Van Tassel and he had a friend who lived in a 400 square foot hollow underneath the huge boulder. Read more…
Critter Cam Trail Footage
The secret lives of animals.
If you’re looking for a fun thing to do with your kids, check out our “Break-at-Home” geode kits. This hands on rockhounding experience is a great way for kids to learn about geology, how geodes are formed and to experience the excitement of discovery when they break one open. Learn more about “Break-at-Home” geodes.
An adventure through time. Explore the route used by pioneers on their way to California. The Mojave Road lets your SUV act as a time machine, guiding you on a trail that stretches for 138 miles through country virtually unchanged since prehistoric times. Learn more about the Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier.
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