Marji Ranes

Marji Ranes

Scottsdale, Arizona / Photographer, cook (not chef), introvert (most would not believe it), GoWestUSA, newspaper/ media junkie, early adopter, writer, nature lover and cat person.
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El Chorro, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, is a beautiful spot for Sunday brunch. Not too expensive, lots of character, great views, and awesome food. And, oh yeah, that basket of sticky buns!

El Chorro, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, is a beautiful spot for Sunday brunch. Not too expensive, lots of character, great views, and awesome food. And, oh yeah, that basket of sticky buns!

Beautiful, historic Leadville, Colorado is the highest incorporated city in the United States. At an elevation of 10,152 feet, this former silver mining town is known for its hiking and biking trails, as well as its proximity to the river rafting beauty of the amazing Arkansas River.

Beautiful, historic Leadville, Colorado is the highest incorporated city in the United States. At an elevation of 10,152 feet, this former silver mining town is known for its hiking and biking trails, as well as its proximity to the river rafting beauty of the amazing Arkansas River.

We’re getting deeper into summer and you’ve probably asked yourself, where can we take a true family-friendly adventure? It’s a question I get from readers a lot this time of year, and I’ve come up with a short list.

We’re getting deeper into summer and you’ve probably asked yourself, where can we take a true family-friendly adventure? It’s a question I get from readers a lot this time of year, and I’ve come up with a short list.

Remarkable Creatures: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002TV079M/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_LQ7Rvb1B4VZCD

Remarkable Creatures: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002TV079M/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_LQ7Rvb1B4VZCD

Yurt camping at Beverly Beach State Park in Oregon - the yurts rent for about $40 a night.

Yurt camping at Beverly Beach State Park in Oregon - the yurts rent for about $40 a night.

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) by Michael Shaara http://www.amazon.com/dp/034540727X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_HsGlvb18FGSBE

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) by Michael Shaara http://www.amazon.com/dp/034540727X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_HsGlvb18FGSBE

It's going to be an extraordinary Arizona spring!! Experts are predicting a once-in-twenty-year bloom. Boyce Thompson State Park, east of Phoenix near Globe, is a great spot for a wide variety of flowers and plants. The color should extend all the way from March to mid April.

It's going to be an extraordinary Arizona spring!! Experts are predicting a once-in-twenty-year bloom. Boyce Thompson State Park, east of Phoenix near Globe, is a great spot for a wide variety of flowers and plants. The color should extend all the way from March to mid April.