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My family and I live far from the busy, rushing river some call “mainstream.”  We, in fact, live along a lazy, trickling creek folded into a valley in the mountains of North-Central Arizona.  This place we call home is bursting with wild and wonderful life year-round.  To our south lie the Santa Maria Mountains, “Apache Creek Wilderness”, Ponderosas and deep rugged canyons.  The Juniper Mountains, “Juniper Mesa Wilderness,” pinions and steep limestone cliffs are what we find to the north.  To our west is one of the largest, wildest and traditionally run ranches in the United States.  Our neighbors to the east are two miles away; after that, an hour drive to town with only trees, grasses and mountain views in all directions.  The land we occupy is roughly 300 acres surrounded on all sides by hundreds of square miles of National Forest Land.  Some people say they could never live here in the middle of nowhere; to me, it’s the middle of everywhere. (more…)

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