More Desert Rain!

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Poppies, Mojave Desert, Arizona

Poppies in the Arizona Mojave Desert.

Another storm just past through the desert Southwest dumping even more rain!  The Phoenix area received an additional inch of rain this past weekend, with even more forecasted for today and tomorrow, this really could be good news for wildflowers in Arizona this spring.  Palm Springs also received .6 of an inch of rain.  Unfortunately the rain largely missed Anza-Borrego, they officially received .02 of an inch.

Arizona Travel Guide Cover

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Arizona Travel Guide Cover

I thought I would share our most recent cover – this just arrived in the mail.  Not only is it fun to have a cover, but this Explorer’s Guide to Arizona looks like a great guide – it could come in very handy this winter.  We are planning to spend some time in this warm state this winter.

Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest

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Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest

I thought I would continue the cover theme for a couple more days since we have a nice batch of new ones.  This is a photo from Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona during the amazing spring bloom two years ago.  This looks really appealing to me right now – in Alaska we currently have mostly dirty snow and leafless trees.  Alaska makes a drastic transition in the next couple of months.

Tonto National Forest fees

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Tonto National Forest fees

I decided to run out to the Tonto National Forest on my last night in Arizona.  I was hoping to do a little shooting around Saguaro Lake at sunset.  When I got there, I wasn’t surprised to see they charged $6 per vehicle.  This is in line with what we had been paying in other Phoenix area public lands and seems fair enough.  What surprised me, the nearest place to pay was 12 miles away, a 24 mile round trip to pay my day use fee!Read More