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Arizona Highways Magazine July 2017

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.

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editor’s letter

Emily Dickinson wrote poems about summer. She wrote many poems about summer. Shakespeare wrote about summer, too. And so did William Blake and Carl Sandburg and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Summer inspires expression and lyricism. It’s where the lazy days can be found. And it’s a respite, of sorts. From long winters and tax returns and too much homework. Summer, in so many ways, is the season we all count down to. It’s the time of year when we load up the station wagon and hit the road. Usually to someplace cool and detached. In New York, the road trip is to the Hamptons. In Boston, the Berkshires. For those of us who live in the Sonoran Desert, it’s a scenic drive to the White Mountains. It’s where we go to chill…

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ROMAN RUSSO “I like to write, and I like to tell stories,” says Roman Russo, one of Arizona Highways’ two editorial interns for the spring 2017 semester. For this issue, he wrote about the Ronstadt family’s iconic hardware store in Tucson (see The Journal: History, page 8), and you might also have seen his work on our blog. “Arizona Highways is the type of magazine that really shows off something that’s sort of been lost in the journalism industry — the art of beautiful writing and beautiful photography,” Russo says. “Print media has had its struggles, but Highways finds a way to hold on and do it gracefully.” Russo graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May of this year, and he’s aiming to…

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letters I TRY VERY HARD to keep only current copies of the magazines I receive to help cut down on the clutter in my house. But the Chris Gall covers for at least the past three issues have been so beautiful, I can’t bring myself to toss them. I keep them displayed prominently. I hope you will continue to use his work and, maybe someday soon, you’ll run a short biography with more examples of his work. Rosemary Byerlein, Phoenix Iwas surprised to see the article on the glasses we used to get from Blakely’s [The Journal: History, May 2017]. When I got engaged in 1963, my fiancé couldn’t afford a ring, but he did give me a set of glasses with a pitcher. Over the years I was given more glasses from…

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the journal

Let There Be Light The water of Ribbon Falls, lit with a flashlight, nourishes an enclave of greenery below the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. From the rim, reaching the short trail that leads to the waterfall requires an 8.4-mile hike down the North Kaibab Trail; this trek is not recommended for day hikers. For more information, call Grand Canyon National Park at 928-638- 7888 or visit CANON EOS 5D MARK II, 5 SEC, F/5.6, ISO 100, 32 MM LENS Jacob Lake Ranger Station NOAH AUSTIN In the early 1900s, the Kaibab National Forest maintained several ranger stations on what is now its North Kaibab Ranger District north of the Grand Canyon. Today, only one of those structures remains: the Jacob Lake Ranger Station, built in 1910. Isolated among ponderosa pines and facing…

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f. ronstadt hardware co.

Today, 70 N. Sixth Avenue in Tucson is the site of the Ronstadt Transit Center, a busy transportation hub. But if you could stand across the street from that address 70 years ago, you’d have a very different view. And a few years from now, the same might again be said of a site tied to one of Tucson’s most famous families and their store that helped put the city on the map. Federico José María Ronstadt was born in 1868 in Sonora, Mexico. In 1882, his father, German-born Frederick Augustus Ronstadt, moved his family to Tucson. Federico, who was 14 at the time of the move, became an apprentice at a carriage and wagon shop, where he learned how to be a wheelwright (a person who builds or repairs wooden…

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q&a: eirini pajak

JK: Tell us about this photo. EP: This is Ruby, who works her own farm near Florence. She’s the mother of a friend of mine, who lives right next to her. He said his horse had just had a baby, so I took a couple of kids over to see the baby horse, and I saw this woman walking in the fields nearby. I was really struck by her, so I made a couple of photos and asked her son if I could come back and shoot some more. I ended up making several trips back to photograph her going about her daily work. JK: Our readers know you for your close-up shots, but you also do a lot of people photography. Is your approach similar? EP: It probably is similar in that…