Get bucked: Western dude ranches have only gotten cooler, with camp counselors, national park rides and luxe resorts
A flat trail and easy pace make it possible for riders of various equestrian experience to head out into the Arizona Sonoran Desert for breakfast at the outpost ramada at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. (Eric Jay Toll / Chicago Tribune)
“Next up is the team from Chicago,” crackles the disembodied voice over the speaker system mounted above the arena.
A genuine “Yee-haw!” is heard across the dusty corral, as two men and a woman ride hard out of the gate, heading toward the small herd ...
On a July 4th weekend, I slowly circled the Hoh Campground, passing just about every one of its 72 sites in search of an empty, unreserved campsite. With the sinking feeling that my campsite would end up somewhere in the adjoining Olympic National Forest, it was stunning to find a vacant site on a turn in the road and separated from the Hoh River by a line of towering trees. The river was unseen, but I could hear it gently gurgling over some large rocks.
An old friend of mine was a multi-trip...
With a roar, we’re diving down that impossible canyon with nothing but pink sand visible through the windscreen. In seconds, we’re roaring up the other side seeing blue sky and the treetops. We head back to the Valantine family’s RVs, circled into a family campsite.
Matt and son Cary are whipping up dinner for the families, their collective sons, daughters, in-laws and many grandchildren.
“We just don’t get opportunities like this to have everyone together at one time,” Valantine says while s...
My bucket list trip to experience winter in Québec was made even more memorable by the excursion to Saguenay.
A winter visit to Québec has long been on my bucket list. It seems pretty offbeat to leave Arizona in February and land not far from the Arctic Circle. The trip to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean was an unexpected detour from Carnaval in Québec Citie. Bundling up meant I was never cold despite an air temperature that never cleared 12F (-11C). The Québecoise are exceptionally welcoming hosts. ...
Can you compress it more?”
Her face scrunches with effort. I exhort her, “Push! Really push it!”
“Oomph! It barely fits, but I got it.”
The ski parka needed 15 minutes ago is now far too hot. We’re down to sweatshirts as we crunch across the rising, flat sandstone surface on the trail. It’s winter at Arches National Park in Utah; the hike has us halfway there and already at 4,600 feet (1,402m). Siri said the temperature was 38° Fahrenheit (3 Centigrade) in the parking lot, but we’re toasty wa...
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By Eric Jay Toll. Special for the Phoenix Business Journal
“The number of manufacturing jobs in Arizona has passed the number of construction jobs.” Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority
“Phoenix is the only one of the top 25 construction markets to post an increase over 2019. The capital spending on construction is up 89 percent over 2019.” Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development
“We got ahead of the pandemic early, and I believe that the...
Federal policy severely damaged exporting opportunities before the coronavirus migrated into the United States. Despite the policy disruption, Arizona modestly stayed on course over the last several years, shipping exports valued around $19.5 billion per quarter, sometimes shipping more, sometimes shipping less. The impact of the pandemic on the state’s exports was marginal in total trade dollars, but individual commodities reacted differently.
“Our members in Arizona said that although expor...
By Eric Jay Toll, special to the Phoenix Business Journal
(Companies) now put Arizona on the shortlist, and we’re competing as a top tier market.” Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development
“Our pipeline (of new development projects) is the most robust I’ve seen in years.” Chris Camacho, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
“Notably, all of the (new businesses coming to Arizona) won in this year come from California.” Sandra Watson, president and CED...