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GTFO's Best of 2018 in Photos

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When I recall 2018 it feels like it was a slow year for excitement.  But when I reviewed my photos from the year I recalled how much was actually packed in:  everything from a return to Havasupai Falls, to another Grand Canyon hike, to a trip to Zion, to a week-long elk hunt in Flagstaff.  Here are the photos that showcase some my favorite adventures, excursions, meals and views from the year


The Best of Christmas in Arizona

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It's hard to imagine the desert being Cbristmasy, but Arizona knows how to enjoy the season.  Whether you're in Phoenix enjoying Zoolights in 60 degree temperatures, or in Flagstaff enjoying a true winter wonderland, there's a little something for everyone. 

A Guide to Budget Traveling for Seniors

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A GTFO guest post by Sharon Wagner on budget traveling for Seniors.
One of the best things about retirement is the freedom it provides. Now that you are free of a regular work schedule, you have more time to do the things you have always wanted to do.  One of the most popular activities for newly retired seniors is to travel the world. However, travel can be expensive if you do not plan in advance. The expenses of hotels, meals, and transportation gradually stack up, particularly when combined with things such as an operational cell phone. Here are some ways seniors can travel the world without spending too much money.
Before You Leave
Believe it or not, there are ways you can cut costs before you set foot outside your home. Although you won’t reap the rewards right away, you can save money on utility bills by unplugging appliances, turning off video game consoles and computers, and turning down your thermostat. It’s also a good idea to avoid buying a lot of groceries before you leave; c…

2018 GTFO Gift Gear Guide

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The 2018 GTFO gift gear guide!  The best items I can think of for you to buy for the traveler, hiker, biker, backpacker, hunter, fisher, camper, or person who likes things that I list!  (sorry that this list tends towards guy's items...I don't have a female gear editor to contribute).  Will be regularly updated as I think of more awesome gifts.

Electronics

Kindle Paperwhite.  You might think this an odd choice, but having the ability to read any of thousands of stored books in a waterproof, 6oz container, is a real treat for backpacking and camping.  While many speak of "backpacker's midnight" to denote the fact that you tend to sleep earlier in the backcountry, chances are solid that you'll still spend hours at camp awake, even on a backpacking trip.  Having something to read is a great way to enjoy your time.

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - the latest in the incredible Garmin Fenix series has a rare discount, currently $150 off any model, including the 5x plus that in…

7E Chronicles: Looking back on the hunt

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Last month I went on my first elk hunt, looking for bull elk in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.  It was an amazing experience that didn't go as anticipated from the day I got drawn.  And even though I didn't punch my tag it was still one of the best hunts I've ever been on.

After living in Arizona for 13 years I finally put in for elk this year, expecting nothing more than earning a preference point.  Two weeks after the draw a coworker asked if I was pulled, but I was so resigned to the notion that it was a preference point year that I hadn't even checked.  Sure enough...I drew a tag! For bull elk!!  I was happier than a kid on Christmas morning and immediately shifted into planning and preparation mode.

I put in for the Peaks Hunt Area because I've hiked there and knew that I could manage a solo hunt if I defied odds and was drawn.  But I'd never hiked it with the intent to hunt, so my first plan was to spend 1-2 weekends a m…

MassDrop Mondays!!

Massdrop.com is a great place to find great gear at discounts when it's not on sale elsewhere. Join the drop to help meet the next price break, or to take advantage of the discount achieved from everyone else's commitment.  Every Monday I'll bring you the items that I think will help you Get the Fun Out!  Drops are available for a limited time only, those below are currently available but could end soon.

Elk Hunting Gear All-Star List

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This year I was lucky enough to get drawn for a bull elk tag in Arizona on my first ever time putting in for elk.  It was an 8 day (1 scouting day) hunt out of a dome tent base camp and hiking 5-12 miles per day up the slopes of the tallest mountain in the state, in weather ranging from bluebird 50 degree days to fierce wind to constant rain to 6 inches of snow.  That required some adjustment to my hunting gear from my usual whitetail deer outfitting and here are the things that made my hunt more enjoyable.

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