taken by storms
We loved the snow photos in A Storm in the Desert
[January 2014]. We were living in Tucson when it snowed on Christmas Day 1987. We hiked up Sabino Canyon that afternoon. At the end of the road, we put our camera on a post and took a self-photo, which we used for our holiday card in 1988.
Sandie & Fred Nelson, Des Moines, Iowa
Your article on rare opportunities [January 2014] was very interesting. Being an Arizona native, I’ve experienced several of these rare opportunities, including recent trips to Kitt Peak. The piece on Brown Canyon evoked some more distant memories. My family ran cattle in Brown Canyon from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. The original ranch house was a one-room rock structure built by the canyon’s namesake, Mr. Brown. We built the multi-story structure that now houses the Education Center. I have many “fond” memories of chasing cattle through the steep side canyons that surround Brown Canyon below Baboquivari Peak. My family and I have made several trips to Brown Canyon in recent years and are impressed with the work being done to preserve this unique environment.
Don Newman, Tucson
is pure poetry. Nothing illustrates this better than the snow-white image on the December 2013 cover juxtaposed with the statement, “Featuring the many colors of Arizona.” Y’all do beautiful work.
Maureen Frank, Logan, Utah
What an absolutely wonderful edition [December 2013]. From the first comment of “Arizona is like a big box of crayons” to the comment on the last page, “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams,” this has been one of your best issues, hands down.
Margaret & David Clubb, Newberg, Oregon
The December 2013 issue was spectacular — a true feast for the eyes. It was a total joy to experience. You did a truly outstanding job putting the issue together.
Lana A. Shpiar, Colorado Springs, Colorado
In the November 2013 issue, I read about Empire Ranch Road as part of the “scenic drives” section of the magazine. My partner and I have driven by this road several times, and after I read the article, I wanted to ride the road on our mountain bikes. So, over the Christmas holiday, we did. We began our ride from the Empire Ranch headquarters, not State Route 83 as stated in the article. This gave us a 20-mile ride. It was a beautiful ride with great views of the Whetstone Mountains and the Santa Rita Mountains. In fact, the ride was leisurely with a couple of moderate hills to climb. I know this article was written as a scenic drive, but it was a great mountain bike ride, as well.
Colleen Giles, Woodbridge, Virginia
I truly enjoyed the article that highlighted Nikki Cooley’s influence on the Colorado River rafting industry [A Calming Influence
, October 2013]. Upon reading it, I realized that I was one of those patrons that Nikki introduced to rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. At that time, Nikki was a 25-year-old swamper with AzRa. Not only did Nikki transfer her love of the Canyon to those of us rafting with her, but she also taught us to respect and honor her ancestors and the land that is on “loan” to us.
Karen Warner, York, Pennsylvania
Many years ago, in the early 1960s, my grandparents lived in Clearwater, Florida. When my family and I would arrive there from Illinois — I was 10 to 15 years old then — the first thing I’d do, after settling in, was get Grandma’s Arizona Highways
and read through an entire year’s issues. Many years have passed since then, and we now find ourselves retired in Tucson. Of course, we have a subscription to Arizona Highways.
I find that the magazine has grown up from those days, and we eagerly look forward to each issue.
Paul Buhrke, Tucson
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