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Catalina State Park
Up on the lower northwest flank of the Catalinas lies Catalina State Park, one of the great state parks of Arizona. Catalina State Park is famous for many things:
- Excellent desert-foothills hiking
- Neat geology
- A nice bosque of mesquite
- Great birding, especially for owls
- Very dark skies for star gazing
- Classic sunsets, and pretty good moonsets as well
- Spring wildflowers, during some years, anyway
- Fun camping
- An instructive Hohokam village, called Romero. Compare and contrast this Hohokam site with others we've seen in class
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Catalina sunset (above) and moonset (left), Oct. 25, 2014. Click to see bigger versions. Photos Paul Sheppard
Paul's mesquite pancakes 1 cup (8 oz.) mesquite meal 1 cup (8 oz.) baking mix 1-2 cups milk 2 eggs Sift meal and mix together. Add eggs and milk and stir
batter well. Cook on hot griddle.
Makes 1.0 scads of 2-in.-diameter pancakes.
Serve with mesquite- and/or prickly pear-flavored jelly.
Enjoy on a sunny but cool afternoon within a tranquil
mesquite bosque, in the shadow of a majestic mountain
range, in the neighborhood of a long-lasting but myster-
iously abandoned Hohokam village, in the presence of
a bold male Vermillion Flycatcher flashing his very very
redness, all the while contemplating the essence of sense
Eat Mesquite! A Cookbook
The Pancake Tree
Jacky Turchick & Laurie Melrood
Mesquite in literature and cuisine
2009: Stream discharge calculations.
Photo Paul Sheppard
2010: Flowing this year.
Photo Colleen Mathis
Romero Ruin Hohokam
Click here for a pdf of this booklet
(password protected, ask Paul)
2015: Romero saguaro, backlit.
Photo Nina Kolodij
2014: Francisco & Victoriana Romero's house.
Photo Paul Sheppard
2018: Upslope from Romero Ruin: Desperate landscape, or microsites of opportunity?
- Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail: Tracing human history in the area: 2007 AZDS article on Romero Ruin Trail.
- Glimpse the past at Romero Ruin: 2010 AZDS article on the Romero Ruin.
Oblique aerial view of Romero, facing south.
The mighty Romero Ruin saguaro, in panorama. Photo Paul Sheppard, 2017
- Community structures
- Associated with the Hohokam culture
- Dating from AD 750 to 1200
- Athletic competitions, social gatherings
- Click here for more reading
Artistic depiction of a Hohokam ballcourt,
possibly in Tucson. Artist: Rob Ciaccio.
2011: Romero Ballcourt.
Extra Team Photo this year.
2017: Vermillion Flycatcher. Photo Robin Williams
2014: Mesquite poetry. Photo Gary Huckleberry
2018: Catalina State Park walnut tree
on Sutherland Wash. Photo Paul Sheppard
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