I had a friend in high school who was into weight lifting.

He loved the movie “The Terminator,” because it starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the TV show “The Incredible Hulk,” because of Lou Ferrigno.

At 5-foot-8, he blew himself up to more than 200 pounds of lean muscle and started entering and winning bodybuilding contests. Later, he owned a gym and worked as a personal trainer.

What started out as something he enjoyed later became a lifestyle, something that’s more than just a job or a hobby.

In this issue of Pinal Ways, we tell stories about people here and some of their lifestyles, mostly focusing on things particularly relevant to Pinal County.

Cattle ranching, for example, has a long history here as it does in many parts of the western United States.

I visited Dunn Ranches near Kearny to meet with owner Bill Dunn. It was raining off and on as I made the drive. I hoped the rain would stop and I would be able to take a great photo of the old cowboy surrounded by some of his animals with a beautiful rainbow in the background. It never stopped raining, and the rain drove the cattle away, so my plan didn’t work out. I did, however, learn quite a bit about ranching from Dunn and a few other people.

When I saw large recreational vehicles on a highway, I used to wonder how difficult they were to drive and to maneuver through tight parking lots. The bigger question is: What would it be like to spend your life traveling around the country in one of those homes on wheels, moving from place to place? We talked to three couples about their experiences.

We visited Robson Ranch in Eloy to experience the active adult community lifestyle and learn whether the people who live there are happy with their choice.

We also found out what drives fine artists, vegans and marathon runners.

Running hurts my legs, but I try to find time for marathon reading sessions now and then. I hope you will, too, with this issue of Pinal Ways.


In the Fall 2018 issue, we wrote about historic churches. We reported that Oracle Union Church, built in 1901, is the oldest church in Pinal County that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We also reported that the oldest church in the county overall is likely the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Parish, Gila Chapel, in Florence, which was built in 1870.

Although the Gila Chapel does not come up in an online search of the NRHP database, it is part of the Florence Townsite Historic District, which is listed on the register. | PW