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Arizona Highways Magazine July 2016

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editor’s letter

At first I thought I was dreaming — about Tibetan throat-singers or humpback whales. But then I realized I wasn’t even sleeping, and the sound was coming from outside my tent. It was an eerie sound, like the mournful dirge of those wailing spirits outside Scrooge’s window. I had no idea what it was, and I was a little spooked, but when I got the nerve to look out, I saw that I was surrounded by a herd of more than 40 elk. They were drawn to the grassy meadow for the same reason I was: lush open space in the middle of the world’s largest pure stand of ponderosa pines. It was my first time camping on The Rim, about 25 years ago. I knew there were a lot of…

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DAVID ZICKL Eric Gueissaz, the subject of Out of the Ordinary (see page 42), has been living on the Kaibab National Forest and exploring the Grand Canyon for four decades. But before that, he was a chef, and that gave him a common bond with photographer David Zickl, who made the photographs that accompany Matt Jaffe’s story. “Cooking is also one of my passions,” Zickl says, “and while we waited for the light to get right near his house, Eric shared a quiche he had made and a bottle of red wine. He also shared his quiche recipe.” The two trekked 15 miles on a bumpy dirt road to the Bass Trailhead. “I’ve seen that area from the Colorado River a number of times, but never from on top,” Zickl says.…

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letters May 2016 LIVING IN INDIANA is hard for an Arizona native. That’s why I look forward to my Arizona Highways each month. This month I was pleased to see the article on Bob Bradshaw [Iconic Photographers, May 2016]. As a resident of Sedona in the late ’60s and ’70s, I remember him as one of the men who everyone knew. Of course, back then, most people in Sedona knew most everyone else. I also loved your story about the Apache School [Old School, May 2016]. It reminded me of my own school days during the early ’60s, when I attended Cochise School. Thanks for bringing a little sunshine to this former Arizona girl. Cathy Hoover, Orleans, Indiana I always enjoy receiving and reading each issue of Arizona Highways. Your recent article and photo…

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mind the gap

Rock climber Chris Tatum traverses a gap between two towers of the Mace, a 400-foot-tall sandstone formation in Sedona. “When you climb the Mace, you end up on top of the lower tower,” photographer John Burcham says. “To reach the summit of the higher tower, you have to step across the exposed gap, grab a few small holds and climb to the top.”To learn more about Sedona, call the Sedona Tourism Bureau at 928-282-7722 or visit CANON EOS 5D, 1/2000 SEC, F/3.5, ISO 160, 20 MM LENS…

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canyon de chelly national monument

EDITOR’S NOTE: Next month, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Leading up to that milestone, we’re spotlighting some of Arizona’s wonderful national parks. PEOPLE HAVE LIVED IN Canyon de Chelly in Northeastern Arizona for more than 4,500 years — about 19 times longer than the United States has been a country. The first humans to set up camp in the canyon were the Archaic people, hunter-gatherers who lived from 2500 to 200 B.C. Then came the Basketmakers, the Ancestral Puebloans, the Hopis and, now, the Navajos. Dozens of Navajo families still live traditionally, farming and raising livestock, within the boundaries of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Besides its spectacular natural beauty, the red-walled canyon is known for archaeological remnants that include pictographs and Puebloan ruins constructed on a dramatic…

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rancho de la osa

When the photo above was made in the 1930s, Rancho de la Osa, which is located on the U.S.-Mexico border at Sasabe, was one of the most celebrated and historically rich dude ranches in Arizona. In its long history, it hosted an impressive roster of guests, including film stars, novelists and politicians. Spanish missionaries first built a trading post on the property in the late 17th or early 18th century. The trading post later became the ranch’s cantina, said to be the oldest continuously occupied building in the state. The ranch itself dates to an 1812 Spanish land grant and became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. In the late 19th century, Civil War veteran William Sturges of Chicago acquired the property; he planted orchards and gardens…