#Plant Diversity in #Arizona

The amazing and diverse ecosystems featured in The Stronghold

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Century Plant

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Cottonwood leaves turn a beautiful yellow in autumn.

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Mexican blue sage—beloved in drought-tolerant gardens.

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This gnarled juniper brings an architectural beauty to the desert landscape.

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The iconic saguaro

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Pinon Pine

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Yucca

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#Desert Creatures from #TheStronghold

Here are a few of the desert animals—sometimes exotic—encountered by the hero and heroine on their quest in The Stronghold

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Red-tailed Hawk

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Armadillo

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Bald Eagle

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Chuckwalla, more frightening—and deadly—than you might suppose.

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The #Apache World

 

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The stark world of the Apache

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The vibrant, cultural identity of the Apache

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A traditional cradleboard—Apache version of the modern REI baby backpack

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Traditional Apache 3-tiered skirt and Mexican overblouse

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Traditional Apache culture thrives

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Distinctively Apache footwear

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The #Supermoon & #TheStronghold

A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon comes into its closest elliptical orbit to the Earth. The technical name for this phenomenon is perigee. A full moon at perigee is visually larger as seen in the Earth’s night sky—14% larger in diameter, 30% larger in area and shines 30% brighter.

In the Northern Hemisphere, supermoons will tend to appear larger during the winter.

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The best time to enjoy a supermoon is after moonrise, weather permitting, when the moon is just above the horizon. A supermoon appears bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky because of the comparative size of the supermoon with the landscape – hills, foliage and buildings.

Civilizations throughout history have given this event various names—such as blood moon, harvest moon or hunter’s moon.

Sometimes a supermoon coincides with a lunar eclipse—which happened most recently September 27-28, 2015. It is not unusual for these eclipses to occur in a tetrad—4 lunar eclipses over the span of 2 years.

The next tetrad will occur—

  • April 25-26, 2032
  • October 18-19, 2032
  • April 14-15, 2033
  • October 8, 2033

The next supermoon dates are—

• November 14, 2016

• December 3, 2017

• January 1, 2018

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#BorderWars & #TheStronghold

The Mexican-American borderland is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Crossings monitored by Border patrol are located in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.

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Border Crossing Checkpoint

The State Department has issued numerous alerts warning American tourists of the danger in the violent, blood-soaked domain of the drug cartels.

Be advised—as Pilar and Alex discovered in The Stronghold—You enter at your own risk.

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Border Patrol

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Real Life #Explorers of the #Sierra Madre

If you are interested in learning more about the rugged and fascinating history of this remote wilderness just south of the American border, start with these real life explorers—

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Helge Ingstad—Norwegian archaeologist who first discovered evidence of Vikings in America

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Fascinating account of a son’s quest to retrace the steps of his famous father — who died months before the son’s birth.

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Anthropologist Grenville Goodwin—a life cut tragically short

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#Architectural Inspiration in the #Southwest

Here are a few of the dwellings which inspired me in the creation of The Stronghold

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Adobe

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Mexican hacienda

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Abuela’s Arizona ranch

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The inn in Xoacatyl

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Traditional Apache wickiup

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Physical Obstacles in #TheStronghold

The physical terrain featured in The Stronghold became a character in its own right. Here are some of the challenging obstacles Pilar and Alex faced on their quest—

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Hoodoo—sculpted by desert wind and rain

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Mesa plateau

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Alkalai Flats—enter at your own risk

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Box Canyon

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Sandstone cliffs

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Red buttes

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Swale—hollow depression between mountain ridges, often marshy at best, at worst a channel for flash floods.

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Plunging chasm—watch your step or next stop, eternity.

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#SierraMadre #Adventure from #TheStronghold

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Ancestral Stronghold

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Heading into the Unknown

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The blood-soaked ruins of the church

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The formidable Sierra Madre

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Jagged cordillera of the Sierra Madre—rising out of the Mexican plain like the bloodied knuckles of a fist

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A savage land still only inhabited by the eagles—and maybe the Broncos

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Only the foolish venture here—or the desperate.

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The mysterious Tarahumara

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Hidden remains of the Bronco rancheria

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#Recipe—Chorizo Sausage and Eggs

chorizoIngredients—

• 6 oz Spanish chorizo (spicy cured pork sausage) or 6 oz Mexican chorizo (spicy raw pork sausage)

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil if using Spanish chorizo

• 10 large eggs

• chopped fresh cilantro leaves

• warm corn tortillas