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Arizona Highways Magazine March 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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4 min.
we know it’s coming.

The barrage of letters about the “cactuses” in this issue. Not the photographs of cactuses. And not the stories. But the word itself. Cactuses. It seems like such a benign word — a handful of vowels and consonants neatly tied together. Nevertheless, there’s a determined fellowship of readers out there intent on eradicating it from the pages of this magazine. “The plural of cactus is cacti,” they insist. And they’re right, cacti is correct. It’s just not correct at Arizona Highways. It’s not our style. Our style is to use “cactuses.” All magazines, by the way, have an official style. Most of ours is derived from the Associated Press, which specifies that “cactuses” is the preferred plural. If the AP didn’t have a ruling on this, we’d defer to Webster’s New World…

2 min.

LAWRENCE W. CHEEK Writer Lawrence W. Cheek rejoins Arizona Highways this month for Born Survivor (page 44), a story about the science of saguaro cactuses. It’s Cheek’s first contribution to the magazine in five years, but before that, he authored about 60 stories and five books for Arizona Highways, starting with an April 1984 cover story on Arizona architecture. “I still relish any chances to write about Arizona,” he says. “I return every year or two on assignment or for a visit.” Cheek’s current surroundings couldn’t be more different from the landscape of the Sonoran Desert: He lives on Washington’s Whidbey Island, about 30 miles northwest of Seattle, and spends much of his time building boats. He’s completed five of them so far, and his current project is a 21-foot cruising sailboat. “Being…

4 min.
your photograph of the flagstaff

train station [The Journal, January 2017] reminded me of my first view to Flagstaff. It was late 1946, and the scene was similar, viewed from a platform on an Army troop train stopped in the middle of the night, with snow falling and a light on the station sign that read: “Flagstaff, Arizona, Elevation 6,899 Feet.” I’ve been back many times, along with my wife, Patty, visiting relatives who keep us connected with Arizona Highways. Thanks for recalling that memory of my first visit. Tom Keel, Lakeway, Texas Flagstaff Train Station NOAH AUSTIN Trains have been rumbling through Flagstaff for more than a century, and the westward expansion of railroads helped turn the city into a Northern Arizona hub of commerce and transportation. In 1926, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built Flagstaff’s…

1 min.
the journal

And So It Grows American threefolds (Trixis californica) grow in the Florence area. In addition to Arizona, the plant species is native to California, New Mexico and Texas. To learn more about Sonoran Desert plants, visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior. For information, call 520-689-2723 or visit www.azstateparks.com/parks/both. CANON EOS 5D MARK II, 1/2000 SEC, F/3.2, ISO 400, 100 MM LENS, 61 IMAGES STACKED Perrin Ranch Wind Farm For millions of years, wind has helped to sculpt the landscape of the Coconino Plateau south of the Grand Canyon. And for the past five years, it’s also helped to power Arizona homes and businesses. The Perrin Ranch wind farm, which began operating in 2012, consists of 62 wind turbines spread over 20,000 acres of private and state-owned land north of Williams and west of State…

3 min.
the cubs

As the ball bounced toward third baseman Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs fans held their collective breath and Joe Buck made the call: “This is gonna be a tough play. Bryant! The Cubs win the World Series! Bryant makes the play! It’s over! And the Cubs have finally won it all!” With an extra-innings victory in last year’s epic Game 7, the North Side of Chicago’s longsuffering baseball team ended 108 years of heartbreak. Although the Cubs’ connection to the Phoenix area isn’t quite that long, the club has made Mesa its spring training home for most of the past 65 years. In 1952, the Cubs left their previous spring home of Santa Catalina Island, California, and set up shop at Mesa’s Rendezvous Park — located where the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa…

2 min.
q&a: shane mcdermott

JK: Tell us about this beautiful photograph (above). SM: This is Blue Canyon, which is located on Hopi Tribe land in Northeastern Arizona. I made it several years ago, when there wasn’t as much information about the canyon on the internet as there is today. Another photographer, Rick Goldwasser, and I spent a couple of years looking for it, and we finally found it. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, visiting Blue Canyon requires a Hopi guide.) JK: How did the photo come together? route I found took me up onto a mesa where these hoodoos are — you can’t see them from the road or from the canyon floor. It was just a matter of being curious and persistent. I then did some research on the Milky Way and figured out winter, when this photo…