Pink Jeep Tours offer new northern Arizona tour
Pink Jeep Tours have added an 11-hour tour route from Sedona to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. This consists of a one-hour hike through Lower Antelope Canyon with a local Navajo guide, a 1.5 mile, round trip hike through Horseshoe Bend, lunch at Glen Canyon Dam with a shopping opportunity at the Cameron Trading Post. Price includes hotel pickup in Sedona, transport to and from Sedona, admission fees and lunch.
Co-owner of FnB restaurant in Scottsdale wins prestigious James Beard Award
Charleen Badman, chef and co-owner of FnB in Scottsdale, wins a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest category. The category includes chefs from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Badman was the only Arizona chef in the final round. Opened in 2009, FnB has a seasonally rotating menu that focuses on local vendors.
Collection of Mexican Folk Art donated to Tucson Museum of Art
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block received a donation of Mexican folk art from Vicki Ragan and Shepard Barbash, adding more than 1,210 individual works to TMA's Folk Art of the Americas collection. Pieces from the Ragan/Barbash collection will be displayed in autumn 2019. The collection contains nearly 3,000 objects from South, North and Central America.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lake Havasu City's hottest city in America record
On June 29, 1994, Lake Havasu City reached 128 degrees, taking the title for the hottest city in America. The city is having a 25th anniversary celebration, Hot for Havasu, on June 29 this year from 3 – 6 pm at the Bridgewater Channel.
Sabino Canyon shuttle service resumes at Coronado National Forest in Tucson
The Sabino Canyon shuttle service in Tucson was postponed last June. The temporary service runs seven days a week on Upper Sabino Canyon route and Bear Canyon route. The Regional Partnering Center, Pima Association of Governments and Trams International, are working to create an electric shuttle service. The new 62 passenger electric shuttles expected later this year, will be equipped with an audio narration and interpretive system through headphones.
Aridus Wine Company named among top 'Hot Brands'
Aridus Wine Company founded by Scott and Joan Dahmer has been named among the top 'Hot Brands' in wine by Wine Business Monthly. The list recognises vintners, growers, wineries and wines making an industry statement while also exceeding quality expectations. Its growing location in the Chiricahua Hills appellation was of particular interest to the judging panel due to its proactive work toward becoming an entirely estate sourced operation.
Tonto National Monument designated as International Dark Sky Park
The Monument which provides exceptional opportunities to observe the night sky, has implemented efforts for preservation of the nocturnal environment and educational programmes for the public. The two-year process involved retrofitting lighting fixtures and bulbs throughout the Monument and interpreting the importance of preserving darkness. This brings the total number of Arizona International Dark Sky locations to 16.
Family-owned watercraft rentals in Parker announces Spring Break hours and rates
Parker Watercraft Rentals, the family-owned and operated personal watercraft company, announced their spring hours and rates. Pending water levels, patrons are invited to enjoy the Parker Strip with Parker Watercraft Rentals starting at $250 per day, plus tax and petrol. Full day rentals available 8 am - 6 pm include life jackets, safety equipment, anchor and dock line.
The Gambia Experience has launched its new brochure marking 32 years of operation to West Africa. Offering the widest choice of UK flights, with a flying time of around 6 hours between London and Banjul, the operator presents an extensive collection of holidays and adventures enabling visitors to experience more than simply the country's sunshine and golden sands.
Catering for all tastes and budgets, accommodation ranges from value beach hotels, all-inclusive and spa resorts to indulgent luxury hideaways, floating river lodges, wildlife and nature reserves within Luxury, Unique and Classic collections. Boat trips, overland excursions and home cooking days in a typical Gambian household are among experiences available through the company for private parties and groups.
Key locations to observe species of exotic birds and wildlife are included – from hotel gardens, nature reserves, the riverside or in the African bush, guided tours can be tailored for a minimum of two people.
To further showcase the region's waterways, The Gambia Experience has added a Rivers of West Africa mega yacht cruise, with four and seven-night itineraries departing early 2020 from Banjul.
For a memorable safari experience observing game, the company presents Fathala Wildlife Reserve in neighbouring Senegal, offering day trips and overnight stays or longer.
Featured hotels in beach resorts of north and south Senegal are now integrated within Gambia hotel collections and can provide a perfect add-on to a Gambia holiday or, as a stand-alone holiday with flights in and out of Dakar.
The Gambia Experience's product manager Karen Durham commented: “Capturing this colourful country through our collection of holidays, excursions and tours we can provide our customers with the perfect introduction to unspoiled Africa. We are thrilled to present some great multi-centre options alongside holiday extensions and excursion opportunities, including a Rivers of West Africa Cruise which adds another dimension to our exciting range of experiences."
More information at www.gambia.co.uk
Land of the Giants
At least twenty mountains in the St. Elias Range exceed 4,000 metres, a few exceed 5,000 metres, but towering over them all is Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak at 5,959 metres.
Then there's the mighty Yukon River stretching for over 1,800 miles.
Vast regions, varied ecosystems and relatively sparse human population make the Yukon a haven for some of North America's most impressive species - grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose, muskox and millions of migratory birds.
Almost 80% of the Yukon remains pristine wilderness with just over 10% of the territory fully protected.
All three North American bears: black, grizzly and polar are found in the Yukon, but you are much more likely to see a black bear than a grizzly. Black bears live in forested areas, but grizzly bears range from southern forested areas and across the tundra to the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are seen on the North Slope and Herschel Island. The Yukon grizzly bear population is one of Canada's largest and most stable in North America and the Alsek River corridor in Kluane National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site has been designated a special preservation area. Shorter summers in the north mean that grizzlies must be as efficient as possible in preparing for their long winter hibernation. In the Yukon, grizzlies depend on thick crops of berries and seasonal runs of salmon to fatten up. In an autumn feeding frenzy, a grizzly can eat 200,000 berries in a single day!
Whether you're an ardent birder or a casual wildlife watcher, the Yukon's flyway comes alive as trumpeter swans, geese, sandhill cranes and other migratory birds travel to and from nesting grounds. Birders converge in the Yukon to search for species including harlequin duck, northern hawk owl, wandering tattler, gyrfalcon and three kinds of ptarmigan.
Yukon is also home to approximately 130,000 – 150,000 caribou in one of North America's last remaining large animal herds. The herd was nominated as one of the seven wonders of Canada a few years ago.
Although the Yukon offers some of Canada's most accessible wilderness, civilisation is never far away in one of the Yukon's ten communities. It also enjoys a culture of rich northern tradition and First Nation (native) customs and beliefs.
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I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and author of 11 books. My byline appears in national and regional newspapers and magazines. Website gillypickup.co.uk