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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine September 2018

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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all i could think about was

Marlin Perkins. “The adult sea cow will go to any length to protect its young. The same is true of your Mutual of Omaha insurance agent.” I wasn’t confronting a sea cow, though. I was in a stare-down with a turkey. In the backcountry of the Bear Wallow Wilderness. The mother hen was protecting her brood. And I was hiking to the remote boundary of the Apache reservation. At first I thought she might back down. Most animals do. But she was determined. Like Geronimo or Eddie the Eagle. She stood her ground. Then, after a minute or so, she started charging. She ran about 20 feet and stopped, as if to say, “You want a piece of me?” Then she backed up and charged again. And then she did it one…

2 min.

ANNETTE McGIVNEY Annette McGivney says Al Cornell (see He Can Take Care of Himself Just Fine, page 36) isn’t like the other survival experts she has written about. “The gurus at Al’s level typically are pretty cocky — Bear Grylls types,” she says. “But Al isn’t that way at all. Instead, he’s so enthusiastic about wanting to help people that he’s just very generous with his time. He’s not a showoff — although he probably could survive far longer on a desert island than Bear Grylls could. And he’s just very enjoyable to be around.” McGivney went on several day hikes with Cornell and spent hours with him at the fire pit in his backyard. “The hardest thing about this story was that Al is so humble, he refuses to believe…

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the ultimate arizona road trip

A tear of gratitude puddled in my eye as I realized I had visited all of the places covered in The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip [July 2018] — many of them more than once and others in between. As a bonus, I relived my overnight trek to Keet Seel 20 years ago. I am 84 years old and I am coming again, minus Keet Seel, I suppose. Joe Sullivan, Santee, California Holt’s Shell is worth the stop [The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip, July 2018]. Let me tell you about a stop I made in Sonoita one day. As I was entering the town, there was a banner over the road declaring Sonoita as the “Wine Capital of Arizona.” I had to stop to get gas and did so at the Sonoita Mini…

1 min.
painted buntings

Like many Arizonans, painted buntings (Passerina ciris) are part-time residents of the state. Their normal summer range includes Texas and northeastern Mexico, but according to the National Audubon Society, a few of these songbirds travel to staging areas in Southern Arizona to molt in late summer and fall before heading to Central America for the winter. Vivid blue, green, yellow and red plumage is found only on adult male painted buntings. Females and immature birds are lime green and closely resemble other bunting species. Despite their extensive range, painted buntings currently are considered “near threatened” due to habitat loss and being illegally trapped and sold as pets. ADDITIONAL READING: To learn more about Arizona’s wildlife, pick up a copy of the Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide, which features 125 of the state’s…

3 min.
mountain view officers’ club

The Mountain View Officers’ Club, near Sierra Vista in Southern Arizona, is a remnant of World War II’s segregated U.S. Army. From 1942 to 1945, the club was a bustling social center for African-American officers, particularly those in the all-black 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions, which were stationed at Fort Huachuca. Out of the hundreds of permanent and temporary buildings constructed at Fort Huachuca to house, feed, train and entertain thousands of African-American troops during World War II, the Mountain View Officers’ Club is one of the few structures still standing. After a long day’s work, member officers headed to the club to eat, drink, attend parties and enjoy entertainment. It was a place for officers to relax and mingle. White officers had their own “separate but equal” facility, the Lakeside…

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the quarry bisbee

IT’S A TUESDAY EVENING in spring, and L.A. Witch is playing at The Quarry Bisbee. The psych-rock band is preparing for a big European tour, in front of crowds that will far outnumber the one here, but the room glitters with tinsel, the queue at the bar is long, and there are plenty of empty plates on the tables that line the perimeter of the room. That’s because The Quarry’s menu is loaded with chef and owner Dana House’s take on Southwestern comfort food, from smoked Gouda mac and cheese to the Bang Bang BLT, which the menu describes as “an abomination” — adding house ranch (instead of mayonnaise), caramelized onions and avocado to the standard sammie. Through and through, the food is reflective of Bisbee’s famed quirky vibe. “Bisbee has a…