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Since 1978
Kathy Noltze, President                                                                                                                                         Property Purveyor

Kathy Noltze is founder and President of Magnum Travel, Inc. She is an author and photographer who travels for work and play.        Noltze's Perspective                   Books by Kathy Noltze:   Ulao      Portals to Europe     Folkestone    Flanders


As thermometers read 90+ degrees in Arizona, my thoughts turn to mountains and water.

Purple petunias thrive in pots on my patio if I keep them out of reach of javelina.
A gambol quail surveys weeds of my yard.


      Storms give Arizona spectacular sunsets. Seagulls at places faraway are what my summertime dreams are made of.


After these two elk had their fill of greens around my house, they play-acted at fighting each other (for my benefit, I think).                     


These are pictures from around my house. It's a wildlife zoo around here. I am leery of roadrunners (left) even though they are good for the environment; a roadrunner in the vicinity
often means that a rattlesnake is nearby; rattlesnakes are delicacies for the roadrunner. We see javelina (right) all the time.

Harris Hawk on my chimney                                                                 Cactus Wren in my yard


March in such a way that

others will wish to join us.

       –-Hubert H. Humphrey


Walls impede my progress.


You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

Abraham Lincoln


Numbering your possessions

invites fate to take them away.


My great grandparents rode horses but were afraid to take the train. My grandparents took the train but were afraid to drive. My parents drove but were afraid to fly. I fly but I'm afraid to ride a horse.


He is not happy who does not

think himself so. Roman Wisdom


Conversation enriches the understanding.



A sense of duty is important in employment but repulsive in personal relations.


A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit.


...I learned this... that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

Dusk 12-3-12

But dost thou love Life, then do not squander Time, for that's the Stuff Life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

The Sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A large red drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone.

John Steinbeck

The soul awakes...between two dim eternitiesthe eternal past,

the eternal future.

Harriet Beecher Stowe


He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

 Thomas Fuller

A man does not plant a tree for himself; he plants it for posterity.

Alexander Smith



                     American Avocet                                                                                                                    Elk in Payson, Arizona                                       

The elk pictures were taken in my yard in Payson.              

Dunbar, Scotland is a short day-trip by rail  from Edinburgh, but I would do it next time as a destination itself.
It has everything this American tourist wants but is off the track of most Americans, ha ha. Dunbar is
the birthplace of John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin and is founder of our national park system, and
contributed to Arizona's own Grand Canyon National Park (which remains open during the national
shut-down). My favorite restaurant is The Rocks, which is convenient for hikers along the wind-swept coast.

As you can see in the photo above, it's just steps to the beach.



Woods Canyon Lake
This elk is one of a herd that crossed my yard one day. 


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I shot this from the walk along the cliff in Dunbar, Scotland.


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Property Purveyor is a trade name registered to Magnum Travel, Inc., an Arizona corporation founded in 1978 by Kathy Noltze. All photos, essays and intellectual property on this site are copyrighted by the corporation or its officers and directors. All rights reserved. All items of personal property and real estate promoted for sale on this site are owned by the corporation or its employees.

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About Magnum Travel, Inc.

Investment company Magnum Travel, Inc., was founded in 1978 in Arizona by certified travel counselor Kathy Noltze. Retail travel was its primary business for the first two decades. As the travel industry grew, so did Magnum's prospects in travel-writing, photography, publishing, and various investments. Also growing during this first decade, in leaps and bounds, was the Valley of the Sun. In 1989, Noltze purchased a commercial office building in Cave Creek, Arizona, a few miles from her home, and moved retail operations closer to its international client base.

     Due to advances in technology and staff expertise, Magnum's register of patrons reached beyond US borders. With most business being conducted via email,  a local bricks-and-mortar office became superfluous. In 2005, Noltze sold the commercial building. Magnum evolved into an asset management company as retail operations were phased out  in favor of other corporate activities. The company's base of operations moved to eastern Arizona. Transactions were conducted wherever internet was available, frequently via Noltze's "traveling hotspot." Most recently, Noltze works from company-owned real estate in Arizona's Rim Country, as well as from her desk in Cave Creek, Arizona.

     The company publishes travel narratives and photo essays and Noltze manages its investments.

This elk seemed to be at home in my yard.
This is a Blue Heron that struts around the pier
 like he owns it.

About Kathy Noltze

A student exchange trip to Arlington, Virginia inspired her life of travel.  Noltze earned an undergraduate degree in public administration by completing courses of study in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Wisconsin and Arizona. While studying and traveling, she clerked for an architectural firm in London, and for companies in California and Wisconsin. She worked for a Mexico wholesale tour company while earning her BS in Arizona.  As a graduate student, she founded an asset management company that now has over four decades of accomplishments.

      Noltze photographs and writes about alluring destinations. Work takes her to major cities in Europe, but less trendy destinations intrigue her. Wales, Pomerania, Bohemia, Luxembourg and Slovakia are a few of the regions through which she treaded for company projects and genealogy research. When mercury climbs to 115°+ in the desert, she heads for the mountains of central Arizona.  Britain beckons also and she plods through coastal towns in Wales, England, and Scotland for a sweeping change of environment from the summer desert.   Kathy Noltze is founder and president of Magnum Travel, Inc. She is the author of four books, including Ulao: Footsteps on the Bluff about 19th Century settlers of Ulao, Wisconsin.

      Surrounded by palo verde, saguaros, staghorn cholla and prickly pear cacti, and with bobcats, javelina, and coyotes promenading through her yard, Noltze lives in the Sonoran Desert with her husband and other wild creatures.

This  Blue Heron nests at Green Valley Lake,
a good place to raise eggs.

Wupatki National Monument
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