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Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part Three: Backpacking - Seven Devils - Idaho

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part Three: Backpacking - Seven Devils - Idaho


 

Latitude 45.349311 Longitude 116.51235  Elevation : 7600 feet


The Hell Hike And Raft 2015 trip is a little difficult to put into words. The experience defied all expectations and was epic in the truest sense of the word. Trying to include it all, as one, would b...

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Gifting The Outdoors This 2015 Holiday Season

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Gifting The Outdoors This 2015 Holiday Season


As the holidays approach many of us {Outdoor Digital Journalists} are going to be putting out articles with the latest list of best or must have items for gift giving to those in your life that are bias about the outdoors, but I thought for us, this year, we’re going to do a little something different.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument, Coconino County, Arizona

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Walnut Canyon National Monument, Coconino County, Arizona



Inhabited by the Sinagua culture 800 years ago, this astounding monument now preserved for your study offers genuine views of breathtaking geological cliff formations, canyon walls of limestone conjoining great ruins of historic times.


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Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part One: BackpackingGear

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (3)

Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part One: Backpacking Gear


There is so much to tell of Hell Hike And Raft 2015 it’s difficult to know where to start the telling. I’ve decided I would start from the very beginning.

THE GEAR

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Snubbing the Sweltering Summers of Phoenix for a Cold Shoulder in Coconino County

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Snubbing the Sweltering Summers of Phoenix for a Cold Shoulder in Coconino County


In Coconino County you have Flagstaff, originally a railroad town, sitting at a comfortable 7000 feet elevation, located in the northern pines of Arizona; home for more than 65,000 residents. 


Celebrating 4 distinct seasons, Flagstaff has ...

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Gilbert: A Community Continuing To Cultivate Food, Family, Fun AND Farming

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Gilbert: A Community Continuing to Cultivate Food, Family, Fun and Farming

If you’re reading this article under our blog category of travel it’s because you are going to have to travel to get to many of the following we’re about to share. If you’ve found this article under food, well, you’re going to ...

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Dry Diggins! Jack Hastings? Hell Hike And Raft 2015!

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Dry Diggins! Jack Hastings? Hell Hike And Raft 2015!



My book just arrived! And I’m pretty anxious to start reading it. What book? Snake River Of Hells Canyon and it was a suggested option for literary excitement and informative research on the history of Hells Canyon. I will be spending 6-days in a new state for

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We Think Mesa, Arizona is the Master Adventure-Making City

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We Think Mesa, Arizona is the Master Adventure-Making City


I should be perfectly honest.  As a native to the great 48th state you will hear me say that to just about 
every city I visit but every time you hear it... I promise to back it up with some real information you can actually use
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Getting Outside For A Day Of Play In Central Arizona

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Finding a place to make a day of play in Central Arizona.


Are you ready to get your children out for some great outdoor-adventuring in Central Arizona?

 You're probably not interested in meeting the entire city of Phoenix by hiking Camelback Mountain in the Phoenix preserve and maybe you don't want to elevate your heart rat...

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Bound By Basics (Backpack Essentials For Day Hiking)

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Bound By Basics (Backpack Essentials For Day Hiking)


 

#1.  Backpack OR Hydration Pack

I prefer a hydration p...

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Some People Travel Highways To Their Destinations, But We Travel Historical Thruways To Ours.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 Some People Travel Highways To Their Destinations, But We Travel Historical Thruways To Ours.


Taking a road trip to Safford, Arizona to visit the Roper Lake State Park over Spring Break seemed like it was enough fun in and of itself, but as you may have heard, "It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey", and in our case th...

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My Day Trip Tips For Adventuring On A Budget

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

My Day Trip Tips For Adventuring On A Budget With A Family Of 5

*Bring food. (Be prepared to leave it in your vehicle. You can’t always bring food in but you can plan a picnic lunch.)

*Eat before leaving your car. (If you show up hungry. You are going to be purchasing some very over-priced not-so-yummy food)

*Bring hydration packs full of water.

*P...

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Getting Your Child(#MiniTrailTraveler) Ready For The Trails

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You want to get your 'mini' out hiking the trail but aren't sure where to start?


Here's a brief check-list and how we keep our kids(#MiniTrailTraveler) equipped on the trails.


I like to keep my kids' packs light and limited. By limited, I don't mean he...

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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park - Visit Arizona - Mountain Matron

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park - Visit Arizona - Mountain Matron




Description: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is part of the Arizona State Park system and is located a few miles north of Payson, Arizona. The park is an astounding geologic wonder tucked back in the beautiful hidden hills of Arizona. The park's largest attribute is wit...

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior, Arizona

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior, Arizona




Description: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is a part of the Arizona State Park system and is located near Superior, Arizona. This vast outdoor plant and wildlife exhibition is the largest and oldest botanical garden of Arizona. Disp...

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