Use Water Bags to Repel Flies


Excerpt from Valley 101: The Great Big Book of Life, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published August 11, 2001.) Q: A couple of years ago we were sitting on our porch enjoying some beers, but not enjoying all the flies. A friend suggested hanging up plastic bags of water to repel the flies.We tried it, and it works, but we have … [Read more...]

Picacho Peak is Destination for Avid Hikers, Civil War Buffs

Final Rail at Picacho

About 40 miles north of Tucson, Picacho Peak abruptly rises 1,500 feet above the flat desert landscape typical to many other parts of Southern Arizona. It's among the most prominent landmarks along the highly traveled stretch of Interstate 10 connecting Tucson and Phoenix. Thousands of drivers pass by the ominous peak daily; most unaware of the adventure it holds, or its … [Read more...]

World’s First Wave Pool Returns to its Roots

Big Surf

Did you know the Valley is home to the world’s first wave pool? “Waikiki Beach” at Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe has welcomed desert beach bums for more than four decades.Today, it remains the third largest wave pool worldwide, containing some 2.5 million gallons of water. An Idea is Born The wave pool is the brainchild of Phoenix construction engineer Phillip Dexter. … [Read more...]

South Mountain Preserve is Hub for Hikers, Cyclists

View from Dobbins Lookout at South Mountain Preserve

South Mountain Preserve, one of the nation’s largest municipal parks, offers outdoor enthusiasts a quick and easy escape from the daily grind. It features 16,000 acres of desert wilderness, just a short 10-minute drive from downtown Phoenix. History of South Mountain Preserve The preserve encompasses three mountain ranges: Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe. It’s … [Read more...]