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Hot Town Hikes - Lost Dog Wash in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve

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Each edition of Hot Town Hikes will highlight one of the great trails in the city that is a convenient location and distance to get in a quick workout or nature walk along your commute. 

In this edition we'll learn about the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve off Shea Blvd. in North Scottsdale!  Try a premium Gaia GPS subscription to help enjoy this trail and more, at a discount!

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Hot Town Hikes - Quartz Ridge Trail at Piestewa Peak

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Each edition of Hot Town Hikes will highlight one of the great trails in the city that is a convenient location and distance to get in a quick workout or nature walk along your commute.  

First up, Quartz Ridge Trail in the 32nd St Trailhead in the Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw area of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.  Try a premium Gaia GPS subscription to help enjoy this trail and more, at a discount!

Exploring the Superstitions!

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I've recently started exploring the Superstitions.  No, not superstitions like ghosts and curses, the Superstition Wilderness Area that's east of Phoenix.  Despite living in Arizona for nearly 13 years, I have never hiked in the Superstitions until the past year or so when I hiked to Battleship Mountain with a backpacking meetup group.  Boy, have I ever been missing out...this wilderness area is rife with beautiful desert scenery with miles of trails weaving throughout.

Everything you need to know and all the gear you need to have to hike Havasupai Falls.

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I've written before about my experiences hiking Havasupai, but with it now being Havasupai hiking season I wanted to take a moment to boil it down to the basics of what you need to know to have a fun hike, including a basic gear list.

And here's a free pro tip:  cache snacks and drinks in your car for after the hike.  You've never seen anyone so jealous as my friends when I pulled out Doritos and a Dr. Pepper to munch on immediately after finishing the hike.

Build Your Own Bike Maintenance Stand

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Recently I've gotten in to mountain biking, which, of course, means needing mountain bike gear.  Having mountain bike gear, of course, means maintaining mountain bike gear...and especially maintaining a mountain bike.  

GTFO Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers and Adventurers

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Well, it's holiday shopping season, which for the adventurer in your life is like a holiday!  (Because for us adventurers, the only thing better than new gear is new gear that we didn't have to buy!)  

Here's a list of my recommendations based on personal experience, personal desire to own, or personal judgment that it would be good gear.  I'll try to organize it roughly by price.  Items added continuously!

GTFO on a Vacation!

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We're lucky to have another guest post by Michael Bourke, the co-creator of SciCamps, which is currently in its very early stages, but aims to provide people with learning resources outside of the classroom. Michael is a former boy scout and is a current lover of the outdoors and nature.
Most of us enjoy going on vacation, but did you know that it is actually good for you? Planning and taking vacations can help you to be happier, no matter whether you travel to distant lands or stick close to home for a “staycation.” The act of planning time away from work and focusing on yourself and relaxing, in whatever manner you prefer, makes you happy and reduces stress.

Wednesday's Weekend Wishlist for September 20

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Well, it's Wednesday again.  The day best known for keeping your weekly calendar from being laterally symmetrical, and for making Meredith blush and giggle in 1st grade phonics when it was sounded out as Wed-Nes-Day and had a drawing of a bride and groom to emphasize the "wed" sound.  

And because without further help, reading those tidbits would be literally the most interesting part of Wednesday, here's a roundup of things to do this weekend.  And by "weekend," I mean Thursday to Sunday…because we can't exclude Friday-eve or Sunday Funday from the mix!

Roundup of event listings.  If you have an event to advertise contact getthefunout@gmail.com

Plan ahead:

All the festivals you could hope to attend:  Phoenix Fall Festivals (but really it's around the state).  Oktoberfest, chili pepper festivals, corn mazes galore.

September 30 - 31st Annual Great Tucson Beer Fest.

October 4 - Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Arts Collab Mixer:  Join young professionals, a…
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