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The 7E Chronicles: Scouting the Elk Hunt

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The 7E Chronicles, sponsored by Under Armour Ridge Reaper (shop here on Amazon) and Gaia GPS.

I chose the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Hunt Area because it is somewhere that I have hiked and camped many times over my years in Arizona...I felt comfortable that I am familiar enough with the area that should I beat the odds and get pulled, I could at least hunt for the entire time without getting lost and dying in the wilderness.  But hiking Bear Jaw Trail and the Inner Basin Trail and exploring up a small cinder cone don't give me the area knowledge of the entire San Francisco Peaks to pull off an elk hunt without leaving the trails behind.  Scouting for a elk hunt takes dedication and effort.

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How Getting Outside Can Help During Addiction Recovery

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Anyone who has been outside knows that nature is good for your. Whether it's curing cabin fever, helping reduce anxiety, or just reminding you to appreciate taking a moment to yourself, nature does wonders.
Nature can also help those recovering from addiction. This post is from guest author,Michelle Peterson, who wishes to eliminate the stigma surrounding people who struggle with addiction. Her mission is aligned with that of RecoveryPride, which is to celebrate sobriety and those who achieve it.

Introducing the 7E Chronicles!

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According to AZGFD, I'm going hunting this year!  From now until my hunt this fall, I'll be posting regularly about the experiences from getting drawn for my first elk hunt (bull!!), to scouting and preparing, to the actual hunt.  Tune in for every installment of the 7E Chronicles!  Sponsored by Gaia GPS and Under Armour--featuring Ridge Reaper.

Garmin Gear Deal Alert!! Updated with more deals!

Get the excellent Garmin Inreach Explorer + for $75 off!  I take this on every hike.  Use it ahead of time with the Inreach web portal to map your route.  Use it on the trail to navigate.  Send status updates to social media or send text messages to anyone.  If you get in trouble activate the SOS feature and take advantage of the insurance that comes with your Inreach subscription.

  Get the Fenix 5 for $100 off.  Choose the 5x with scratch resistant sapphire glass and built in mapping technology; the 5s to put Garmin's GPS technology on smaller wrists; or the 5 to complement your Inreach's mapping with fantastic activity tracking!

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Angel's Landing Descent

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The long hike back down from Angel's Landing, starting with some shots of the panoramic view from the top.  Even though it's only a .6 mile hike, it took over 40 minutes to return due to oncoming traffic...and that was in a lucky spurt of light oncoming traffic!


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Zion Park Drive

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The beautiful drive out of Zion National Park.  Unfortunately the cloud cover and sunrise in our face dulled the colors and made the drive out less dramatic than the drive in, but it was still a dramatic demonstration of the canyon's beauty.



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Zion Canyon Sunset

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Just a fun little goofing off time lapse of Zion Canyon from the thoughtfully placed benches at the Springdale UT La Quinta.

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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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