National Parks get a lot of attention. They are the divas and pop stars of the country’s parks. But often just as amazing and precious are our state parks, some of which may be almost literally at your back door.
The springtime pleasures of Phoenix, Ariz., lured writer Kristen Haney. Feted by the local visitors bureau, she embarked on a travel spree that included hiking, touring an olive mill, taste-testing beer, and playing strange musical instruments.
The dry heat of the Sonoran desert makes Queen Creek, Ariz., a town neighboring Phoenix, seem like an unlikely place to find a flourishing olive farm. My misconceptions were dashed after a leisurely afternoon at Queen Creek Olive Mill.