Arizona Native Loves Christopher Creek



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These turkeys showed up right on the Christopher Creek Loop just after Thanksgiving. How smart are they?

Hello again, fellow Creekers.

The snow has arrived! Wow, what a storm! I do not remember a time all last year or the year before where the power was out longer than four hours. I called APS on numerous occasions about the outage in the Christopher Creek area. On one occasion I was on hold for over three hours (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and then my phone battery died. When I was able to call again later “the list” of outages had grown to basically include all of Arizona. It would’ve likely been shorter to say which areas did have power. Anyway, from what I hear, this storm is supposed to only pick up steam, which means the people in the Midwest and back east are really going to be in for something big!

Christopher Creek Lodge is looking for ideas and people who want to provide services to their guests. They have already found a massage therapist and are looking to offer their guests more and more things as the business develops. So, if you have any ideas, please e-mail them to

Some ideas that I am sure would be considered are: hiking guide, fishing trips, Jeep tours, quad rentals, carving out a nice cross-country skiing area. Anything that provides safe, enjoyable and reliable entertainment will be considered.

Basically, if guests can be provided with some neat things to do and it helps the local economy, then it sounds like a win-win to me.

Resident profile

The next person from Christopher Creek I’d like to profile is a person who, over the last couple of years, has become one of my dearest friends. Some people call her the “unofficial mayor of Christopher Creek.” I just call her a good friend who almost always has a big smile and tries to help out just about everyone she comes in contact with.

Most people know by now that I am talking about Susan Keown. Like me, Susan is an Arizona native, born at Good Samaritan Hospital. Her father had a cabin up here when she was a child, so she’s been up here forever. When her daughter Maya left the state for college, she decided to move up full time and opened up the real estate office in 1990.

She moved here because she loves to hike, fish, and explore the wilderness. Each weekend she has off, she tries to do a new hike. She knows some pretty amazing places that not many people know about.

Susan loves selling real estate in this area because she has so many special memories here as a young person. She says she “loved all the weekend dancing at the old Landmark. The small-town atmosphere is wonderful. Neighbors are always helping neighbors.”

A memorable time in Christopher Creek for her is when her family all gets together here and enjoys the hiking, swimming and exploring. If she was not here she would be in Monterey, Calif. by the ocean.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.


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