Browsing Category "Arizona"
Lisa may not be interested, but I wished I had my bike!

Bicycling the Catalina Highway

By     |    Dec 1, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    2 Comments

As Lisa alluded to earlier, bicycling the Catalina Highway is pretty popular. But when you’re waiting for a bicyclist to pass on a extra-scenic stretch of road, it’s sometimes not popular enough — at least this close to sunset and its long shadows. But with a little patience, I got the pic I wanted — cyclist in the sun with a long shadow, road curving crazily, big misty mountain in […]

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Catalina Highway

The Catalina Highway

By     |    Dec 1, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Drives     |    3 Comments

Catalina, Catalina, Catalina.  More posts about Catalina?  Enough already!  Why the obsession with this tiny range of peaks? If it isn’t obvious already, you’ll just have to see for yourself.  And if you do get here, be sure to make the Catalina Highway one of your must-dos. Unlike other roads, it doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you take on the Catalina Highway — be it high performance, low performance, […]

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Another Sunny Day in Arizona

By     |    Nov 30, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    2 Comments

Usually, when you’re on vacation, you’ve got to stick to a schedule.  You have to move on to get to that next reservation, even if you haven’t fully explored your current location.  I’ve always hated this.  One of our biggest luxuries now is having the ability to stay in an area until we’ve really, truly explored it to our hearts’ content — until we’re sick of it.  So after jetting […]

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I Finally Understand Southern AZ

By     |    Nov 23, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    3 Comments

After spending a week here, I finally get it.  I finally understand why people live in southern Arizona.  People suffer through the few burning months of summer just like we northerners suffer through six months of winter — because the rest of the year is amazing.  Right now it’s mid-November and it’s mid-70s during the day and 40-50s overnight.  And the sun!  Only 15 cloudy days a year, on average! […]

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The Sonoran Hot Dog, a Mexican Beauty!

Sonoran / Mexican Hot Dogs in Tucson at El Guero Canelo

By     |    Nov 22, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Food     |    No Comments

Chicago hot dog, I have and will always love you. We fell in love in Chicago nearly a decade ago, and I feasted on your tastiness in Bisbee, Arizona, where they import Vienna Beef hot dogs and poppy-seed buns. You are delicious and yummy and wonderful. But alas, I have a new love — the Sonoran hot dog. Now, Chicago dog, fear-not. My love is like that of a Morman polygamist […]

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Snakes in the sand

My Third Tangle with a Deadly Animal

By     |    Nov 17, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    5 Comments

First there was rat hunting in New York, then there was the rogue skunk in New Mexico trying to steal my mesquite warmth. Today the stakes were raised a little higher than I was ready to gamble. Here’s how it went down: “Stop, stop, STOP,” I hissed at Lisa. She, as per usual, chose to look around instead and assess the situation herself before stopping, so I grabbed her shoulders […]

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Good brews.

Eating and Drinking in Bisbee, Arizona

By     |    Nov 16, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Food     |    1 Comment

So we’ve been to one Arizona town, and we’re ready to move in. Bisbee is great. It’s home to my new favorite bar, St. Elmo’s on Brewery Gulch, and it’s home to a lot of other great restaurants and bars too. Here’s where we went and what we’re looking forward to trying on a return trip. Places We Went Jimmy’s Hot Dog Company — Here they serve perfect Chicago dogs complete […]

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Bisbee, We Like You.

By     |    Nov 16, 2011
Posted in: Arizona     |    2 Comments

There’s just something about you, Bisbee. You are unapologetically insane.  You’re ramshackle, you’re rough around the edges, and if we’re not careful, you might just pitch us down your hillsides or into your mines.  You remind us of the steeper, rougher parts of Paris.  Paul thought that in most other cities, there would probably be a code against trying to build in the areas that you embrace.  Almost every one […]

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St. Elmo's Bar, Bisbee, AZ: The Best Dive Bar in Arizona

Bisbee, Arizona’s St. Elmo Bar: The Best Dive Bar in Arizona

By     |    Nov 15, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc.     |    4 Comments

“Well, Cutler’s kinda a douche-bag,” I say to the guy next to me. “Yeah, that’s exactly it. I’ve watched him in Denver, I’ve watched him in Chicago, and that’s just it.” He’s got work boots on and an camouflage baseball hat. He nods in agreement. I’m at the St. Elmo bar in Bisbee, Arizona and I want to move here. I want to live anywhere in this town and come […]

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Chips and salsas, drinks: yummy; pretty much everything else: meh.

El Update de Comida Mexicana

By     |    Nov 14, 2011
Posted in: Arizona, Food, New Mexico     |    10 Comments

We’re fans of Mexican food. We tried to find good tacos in Burlington, Vermont. We loved eating Mexican food in Chicago. Now we’re in New Mexico and searching for more. First thoughts: the Mexican fast food available here is so, so much better than Taco Bell. I have no idea why Taco Bell is so successful when relatively authentic food is so much more tasty. A Crunchwrap Supreme? A Mexican […]

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