The May 2013 issue is one of my favorites. The moment I saw the fabulous cover photograph by Shane McDermott, I recognized it as portraying one of the Kaibab Plateau’s exquisitely beautiful meadowlands. It makes me want to wander into the photo and across that meadow. Jack Dykinga’s aspen grove in morning light is another inviting photo. And thank you for the fascinating 101 notes on the North Rim and the Kaibab Plateau, plus the delightful excerpt from the 1957 article with photos by Josef Muench.
Russ Butcher, Oceanside, California
I enjoyed Mr. Parker’s article [The Kaibab and the North Rim
, May 2013]. I’m sure he will want to know that the deer found there are called mule deer because of their large ears, similar to mules. There are whitetail deer and blacktail deer, but no muletail deer.
Jim Ady, West Richland, Washington
a different view
Your article about Camelback Mountain [Hike of the Month,
February 2013] brought back many memories for a young lieutenant returning from the mountains of South Korea. My mother lived in Phoenix, so I had often seen Camelback but had never climbed it. In the summer of 1953, I decided it was time. As I recall, there were no trails to the top, so I parked at Camelback Inn and looked for the easiest “path” up. As your author stated, the panoramic 360-degree view is still there, albeit the view was surrounded by desert instead of today’s expanding residential areas. So much for progress.
Colonel Kenneth R. Wilson (Ret.),
Your stories on Tuba City [Hometowns
] and the Cameron Trading Post [Local Favorites
] in the April 2013 issue brought back memories of my visit to those places as a boy in March 1942. From my memory, there was only a trading post in Tuba City, and the Emory brothers managed it. We were allowed to visit the Upper Moenkopi village. At that time, the Navajo people thought that their souls would be taken into a camera if their pictures were taken. Visitors were to avoid taking pictures of them. I heard later that the Emory brothers died of poisoning from canned food. The roads were rough in those days, and I don’t think many visitors ventured over them. There have been great changes in Tuba City since then.
Maurice J. Brill, Phoenix
The back cover of the April 2013 issue is the most enigmatic photograph I have ever seen. I cannot figure it out. My husband has explained it to me. It still escapes my perception. I get the stick and the reflection, but those three small boulders look like they are in midair. Bravo, Gary Ladd, for a photograph that takes study to appreciate. In addition, his portfolio on Lake Powell [Spring Water
] is gorgeous. The photo on pages 32 and 33 almost helps me “get” the back cover, but not really. The letter from Meghan Lambert about the snakes echoes my feeling about the tarantula on page 10 [Odd Jobs
]. What is it with you guys? Don’t you know that snakes and tarantulas are among the most feared creatures? A big, beautiful (?), clear picture of one for just a second (until I rip it out of the magazine) is enough to imprint it on my brain for at least a week and disturb my sleep for I don’t know how long.
Charlotte Singleton, Arroyo Grande, California
I just finished the April 2013 issue. The article Spring Water had a photograph on page 39 that brought back a lot of memories that I hadn’t thought about in a long time. It was really special. Thank you.
John R. Tallentire Jr., Delray Beach, Florida
celebrating the holiday
My wife and I love to travel, and we had our best holiday in October 2012 in Arizona. My best friend, who lives in Phoenix, gave us a subscription to Arizona Highways, and each issue we read is a new little vacation in your country. We had a long, rainy winter in Tuscany, and your March 2013 issue, featuring wildflowers, is pure joy: beautiful photographs, detailed descriptions and valuable tips. We’ll be back.
Daniele Del Beccaro, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
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