who, what, wear
This will date me, for sure, but I just received my copy of the November 2013 issue and got a kick out of the cover photo, circa 1947 — I was 10 that year. Tourists are boarding a bus on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Their attire caught my attention: ladies in hats, gloves and skirts, and one man in a three-piece suit, topcoat and hat. By comparison, today’s tour group would be dressed “borderline bummy.” My, how times have changed.
Bill Jenkins, Hamilton, Ohio
is a great section. Personally, I like quick reads like that. Peeples Valley (November 2013) was extra special because of the devastation in neighboring Yarnell. I ride my motorcycle up that way frequently. The sign as you leave Wickenburg stands as a constant reminder of the 19 firefighters who died on June 30, 2013. Also, the Peeples Valley School House is one of my favorite photographs. Since the fire, I’ve been to Yarnell several times to help some of the residents with the cleanup. Most recently, I was with six other members of the Calvary Chapel North Phoenix church group.
Pete LaSacco, Phoenix
I so enjoyed your article about Grand Canyon Inn [Is That a Swimming Pool on the South Rim?
] in the October 2013 issue. As children growing up in Grand Canyon Village during the ’50s, we were very remote. There was no TV, ballet lessons, instrument lessons or the like. But there was a pool and the opportunity to learn to swim. I spent many pleasant summer mornings in that pool and am still impressed at the generosity of the Grand Canyon Inn’s owners for allowing the local children access and providing lessons. When not in the pool, good fun could be had trying to catch the tiny hummingbirds that frequented the thistles growing on the rim. Fortunately, they were always quicker than we were.
Carol Rodriguez, Riverside, Illinois
Yes, there was a swimming pool and the trappings of a mine close by the South Rim. I was there in 1962 and jumped into the pool. No one else was in it. I thought my body would be cut into two, as it was so cold. The sun shone, and the view ... .
Joan Miller, Normal, Illinois
moved to tears
I just received my new issue of Arizona Highways
, and there, lo and behold, is a beautiful article on the magnificent saguaro [Something to Call Our Own
, November 2013]. Thank you. Outside of my family, saguaros are my favorite living thing. The beauty of this amazing cactus often brings tears to my eyes on my frequent trips to visit them. Your article celebrating their grandeur did the same.
Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, Tustin, California
Joyce Kilmer wrote: “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” Admittedly, I’ve never been known as an outdoorsy person, but I’ve always been fascinated by exceptionally large trees and their history, when provided. Rachel Stieve’s article [Branching Out
] in the October 2013 issue about the Fremont cottonwoods was very interesting.
Diane Slotty, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Bringing up the rear
Thanks for the creative twist on an iconic genre in the photo essay Cowboys & Indians
[September 2013]. I would’ve loved being a fly on a horse’s rump when Casey Murph (cowboy) and Jones Benally (Indian) went for a ride on the HRY Ranch. Maybe then I would've gotten an earful on their perspectives of the Old West. Long live this aspect of America’s unique heritage.
Sharon Wysocki, Safford, Arizona
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