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Amazing Places: What was your favorite? Answer Nigel’s survey

Old log cabin (circa 1930) on Spruce Mountain. (Nigel Reynolds/Courtesy}

Old log cabin (circa 1930) on Spruce Mountain. (Nigel Reynolds/Courtesy}

After looking today’s photo, you may be saying to yourself “that looks familiar, why is it being published again?” Well, it was intended to catch your eye and give me a chance to talk about the survey that I mentioned at the end of my last article – more on the photo below.

I talked with Tim Wiederaenders recently and he suggested that I use an online program called “Survey Monkey” for the survey. I have since visited their website and designed the survey. To access the survey, visit It’s OK to only type in “”. Do this on your computer, your tablet or even your smart phone.

Just as you should have voted in the mid-terms recently and for the Courier Cares Christmas Lighting Contest (, I urge you to spend some of your valuable time to answer my questions. I will share the results with you in my next article – an early Christmas present!

I expect some interesting answers, but for them to have real meaning, all of you need to complete the survey, which takes less than 5 minutes. The 12 questions are simple to answer; if any question is difficult, just skip it. Even non-Courier subscribers can take this online survey.

If you don’t have online access, that’s no excuse! I’m sure you have a family member, a friend or a next-door neighbor who could help you. Go to their house, or have them bring their laptop or tablet to your house. Don’t procrastinate, as the survey is only open for a few days. It will close at midnight on Thursday, Dec. 20. That will allow me time to give you the results in my next article on Sunday, Dec. 23.

This article gives a numbered list of all 35 previous Amazing Places. You’ll need the number from this list so you can answer some of the survey questions, like what was the first article you read in the Courier, and what were your three favorite places. It’s fine to rely on your memory, or you could go online ( to re-read any of the articles and see the photos.

If you have never gone to the Courier online before, you should expand your horizons and try it – here are some simple tips. On the home page, scroll all the way to the right, then click on the magnifying glass icon in the black menu bar at the top of the page. Click on the word Search that should appear, and start typing your search words (e.g., amazing places log cabin). Then click your keyboard “Enter” key and scroll down. It is best to click on the “Any time” choice just above the black stories line – below which you will see results of your search. Click again on the story you want – and that article and its photos will now fill the screen.

As you might guess, few things are free. Survey Monkey has a monthly charge to use their system. I have paid this charge, which allows up to 1,000 people to answer the survey. That may seem a lot of people, but Tim Wiederaenders told me that their internal measuring data, which is based on online “page views,” exceeded 1,000 for those articles that you liked the most. The Log Cabin (No. 4 on the list) was the most popular (featured on Sept. 17, 2017), hence my choice of photo for this article.

If you have any questions, contact me through the Courier’s senior news editor, Tim Wiederaenders, at (use subject line: Survey).

Nigel Reynolds was born in England and has lived in Arizona for 40 years, and in Prescott for over 20 years. “Exploring is in my blood,” he says.

To see today’s or previous articles with the photos in color, visit and enter “Amazing Places” in the search-bar at top right – you’ll need to be a subscriber.

Survey List


1 08/06/17 Cowboy Prayer (inscription)

2 08/20/17 Charcoal Kiln

3 09/03/17 Cherry Crusher (mine equipment)

4 09/17/17 Log Cabin

5 09/29/17 Lime Kiln

6 10/15/17 Peavine RR, north of Paulden

7 10/29/17 Walker Road (pink car, mailboxes)

8 11/12/17 Fain Park, stamp mill

9 11/26/17 Fain Park, ‘Castle’

10 12/10/17 Arnold Place (stone cabin)

11 12/24/17 Quartz Mountain

12 01/07/18 Icefall & purple eggs

13 01/21/18 Tornado, near Groom Creek

14 02/04/18 Pictographs, Sedona hike

15 02/18/18 Old Stone Corral

16 03/04/18 Hotshots, Yarnell memorial

17 03/18/18 Giant Juniper Tree

18 04/01/18 Bagworm (insect)

19 04/15/18 Algonquin Mine

20 04/29/18 Petroglyphs, Montezuma Well

21 05/13/18 Wolf Creek Falls

22 05/27/18 Dante’s Descent (sinkhole)

23 06/10/18 Johnson Tunnel (old RR)

24 06/24/18 Steel & Stone Dams (for RR)

25 07/08/18 Salida Gulch (petroglyphs)

26 07/22/18 Woodcutters Cabin, Mingus Mtn

27 08/05/18 Slate Lakes Cave, N of Flagstaff

28 08/19/18 Red Mountain, N of Flagstaff

29 09/02/18 Richinbar (ghost town)

30 09/16/18 Storm Ranch, Granite Dells

31 09/30/18 Brooklyn Basin Mine

32 10/14/18 Brooklyn petroglyphs

33 10/28/18 Sycamore Canyon Ruin

34 11/11/18 Sycamore Canyon ‘man’

35 11/29/18 Ehrenberg Road, S of Hillside

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