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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine May 2019

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arizona Department of Transportation
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IN THIS ISSUE

4 min.
editor’s letter

Lewis and Clark had Sacagawea in their camp. Neil Armstrong had rocket scientists in his headset. John Wesley Powell had no one. And no real understanding of what was ahead. “Barren desolation is stretched out before me,” he wrote. “We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not.” Nonetheless, on May 24, 1869, the intrepid, one-armed frontiersman began an expedition that would make him the first person to run the Colorado River. One hundred fifty years later, he’s revered, like Lewis and Clark, and the landscape he explored is protected as Grand Canyon National Park — no more unknowns. This month, we mark the sesquicentennial of Powell’s legendary voyage. It’s a milestone that coincides with the centennial celebration of…

1 min.
arizona highways

PUBLISHER Kelly Mero EDITOR Robert Stieve SENIOR EDITOR Kelly Vaughn MANAGING EDITOR Noah Austin ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ameema Ahmed PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Jeff Kida CREATIVE DIRECTOR Barbara Glynn Denney ART DIRECTOR Keith Whitney MAP DESIGNER Kevin Kibsey PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Michael Bianchi DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING Karen Farugia WEBMASTER Victoria Snow CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Nicole Bowman DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Matthew Bailey OPERATIONS/IT MANAGER Cindy Bormanis CORPORATE OR TRADE SALES 602-712-2018 SPONSORSHIP SALES REPRESENTATION On Media Publications Deidra Viberg 602-323-9701 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR editor@arizonahighways.com 2039 W. Lewis Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85009 GOVERNOR Douglas A. Ducey DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION John S. Halikowski…

2 min.
contributors

BRAD DIMOCK This wouldn’t be an issue about river runners without a story from one of them, so we turned to Brad Dimock, who explores the differences between John Wesley Powell’s boats and the dories of today (see Whatever Boats You Float, page 42). Dimock’s life has revolved around the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River since he went on a river trip as a freshman at Prescott College in 1971. “This assignment is perfect for me,” he says. “I’ve spent the past several decades researching these boats and boatmen, building and running these boats, and trying to understand the context of them as time passed.” When it comes to running a rapid, Dimock says the best part is coming out at the far end, when “the joy can flood in…

4 min.
letters

editor@arizonahighways.com I WAS RAISED IN ARIZONA (Payson and Tempe). In 1969, after high school, I joined the Army, and have only been back to my home state once or twice. Recently, my wife bought me a subscription to Arizona Highways. I love it. I’d forgotten how beautiful Arizona really is. Mat Drake, Tallahassee, Florida March 2019 To the person who didn’t like seeing the Barry Goldwater photos in the December 2018 issue [Letters to the Editor, March 2019]: His photos, along with his love of his state, have helped make Arizona what it is today. Thank you for including his work and reminding us of his passion for Arizona. By the way, if anyone wants to cancel their subscription over this, let me know, and I’ll pick them up for friends who will appreciate…

1 min.
antelope jackrabbits

Found in Southern Arizona and parts of Mexico, antelope jackrabbits (Lepus alleni) are among the larger species in the hare family, with an especially large head and ears that average more than 6 inches in length. These jackrabbits use multiple strategies to deal with the desert heat: Their fur is reflective and insulated, and they can reduce blood flow to their ears to stay cool. Often, males will fight by “boxing”: standing on their hind legs and using their forelimbs to hit each other repeatedly and rapidly. While the jackrabbits’ mating rituals are not well known, the fighting could be related to competition for females. Antelope jackrabbits eat mainly grass and plants, and much of their water consumption comes from eating cactus stems. This rabbit was spotted in Florence, southeast…

2 min.
international harvester proving grounds

The area near 24th Street and Pecos Road, in the Ahwatukee Foothills section of Phoenix, is diverse these days — full of houses, apartments, schools and even a golf course. And the neighborhood, now known as the Foothills, soon will be accessible via the South Mountain Freeway, which could be completed later this year. But many decades ago, a very different kind of traffic made its way around this part of Phoenix. Martin Gibson, who has lived in the area for more than three decades, has written two books on the history of Ahwatukee Foothills. “Each community has its own little secret,” Gibson says. “Its own little history, so to speak.” For the Foothills, that history goes back to 1946, when International Harvester Co. (IHC) purchased 2,000 acres of land there to…