Great Landscape, Great People!

by Carl

February 13, 2018, outside Page, AZ. This week, I have the privilege of providing training to employees at the Salt River Project’s Navajo Generation Plant (SRP NGS). I feel blessed to be able to spend time now and then with our Native American populations in Arizona–they are a proud people with centuries of proud and interesting heritage…and I have the opportunity to learn more about these wonderful people with every trip.  Continue reading

Visiting Ghosts…

By Carl

December 2017. A few miles east of Apache Junction, 40-minutes or so east of Phoenix, AZ, is an area of history that many people may have seen on TV without knowing it (especially if you love those old Western movies and TV series). You likely did not know that this same area was adapted for and called various town names through the years.  Continue reading

A Trip to the Pony Express

By Carl

December 2017. Fall and winter. Some of the best months of the year in Arizona, where the desert nights are cold but the days are moderate and warm. This year, my daughter and granddaughter from Alabama spent a week with us at Christmastime. It was the first time they had visited Arizona and had the opportunity to see some of the sites. It was a week of fun that went by all too quickly… Continue reading

A Day in Bisbee, AZ

Carl Forkner

February 2013. One of the things we enjoy is going on day trips–or trips that include just one night’s stay–to explore some of the history and beauty of the area around where we live. One such place is the little town of Bisbee, AZ, known for a few important things: The Lavender Pit, the retro 60’s/70’s environment, and the best biscuits and gravy you will ever eat… Continue reading

A Short Stop in Willcox, AZ

Carl Forkner

Willcox, AZ is a small town about an hour and 20 minutes east of Tucson at mile marker 340 on Interstate 10. One of the allures to Willcox is the small wineries in town–friendly and tasteful, a BBQ restaurant in a train car, and a western museum. It makes for a nice day trip or day stop along your travels in Southern Arizona.  Continue reading

Tuba City and the Navajo Nation

by Carl

June 9, 2017. This week I had the pleasure of teaching onsite to a group of great people in Northern Arizona. I was in what turned out to be a very nice little city with some of the friendliest, most pleasant people I had ever met. I was in Tuba City, AZ, about an hour north of Flagstaff, on the Navajo Indian Reservation, teaching three days of Microsoft Office Applications to a dozen of the staff members at Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation, who manage the hospital.
 
I had the opportunity to learn a lot during our discussions this week–by the way, I learned that the name Tuba City in Navajo means place with many wells.

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Mel’s Diner in Phoenix, AZ

By Carl

May 2012. How many of you remember the old TV show Alice? You know, that adorable little greasy spoon diner with Linda Lavin playing Alice, and there was Flo, Vera, and (of course) Mel. The scene for the show was in Mel’s Diner, a little, sort of off-base diner where episode after episode resulted in laughter, drama, and more laughter. Basically, it was fun!

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Christmas at Callaway Gardens, GA

By Carl 

December 2011. After retiring from the United States Navy in November 2011, I had a one-week residency for my doctoral program. Since I had moved out to Arizona during my terminal leave in September, I took the opportunity to invite my son, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter to spend three days with me at Georgia’s Callaway Gardens. This would be an opportunity for all of us to spend some quality time together before I had to return to Arizona after my residency ended.

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A Cruise on Saguaro Lake aboard the “Desert Belle”

Carl & Jo Forkner

November 2011. On a bright, warm autumn day, we boarded the Desert Belle for a day cruise around Saguaro Lake. The lake is about a half hour drive from our home, taking us into the winding hills that surround the lake, filled with saguaro cacti and various kinds of wildlife. It was exactly the right kind of day to spend on the lake!

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