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So you wanna go fly fishing!

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So...fly fishing...super intricate, crazy expensive, and only fit for the most hardcore anglers, right?  I've fished for 30-odd years and that's definitely what I thought, but boy was I wrong!  I've always aspired to fly fish but never took any steps because it was so intimidating.  Recently I lucked into some no-longer used gear and met an extremely gracious fisherman who showed me the ropes and it broke down all my preconceived notions about the sport.

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3 Fun Outdoor Activities to Boost Your Mood; guest post

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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.

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Weekend Wonders with Gaia GPS

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For the last year I've been using Gaia GPS premium to map hiking routes, scout hunts, and explore Arizona from my computer or phone.  When I recently found myself with a free weekend for camping I took to Gaia's "outdoors" layer to find a hike-in campsite near a lake/pond/large-stream that wouldn't likely be packed with other campers.  Sounds like a tall order in Phoenix, right?

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Chocolate Falls...sweet view!!

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After years of seeing photos of Chocolate Falls and thinking "wow, that looks awesome, I wanna check that out sometime!"  I finally checked it out sometime!  It only took, like, a decade to put in the effort to Google "Chocolate Falls" and learn 1 - it's actually called Grand Falls, and 2 - it's just right outside of Flagstaff.  And thanks to photos popping up in my Instagram feed, I knew it was time to go.

Since this is a short day trip, use Gaia GPS to find some nearby hikes while you're up in the beautiful Flagstaff Area.

Hot Town Hikes: Tom's Thumb

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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.

A year or so ago one of Backpacker Magazine's local correspondents wrote about how Tom's Thumb is one of the best after work hikes in the valley.  It's not a very conveniently located hike so for that reason I don't think of it as a great after work hike for anyone who doesn't live in or commute past North Scottsdale.  But what it lacks in actual convenience it makes up for in its strategic advantage of being out of direct sunlight by evening.

Separation Anxiety: What to Do When You Must Travel Without Your Pet

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Do you fret when you need to leave your pet overnight with someone else? We often talk about our pets having separation anxiety when it comes to us leaving them home alone, but when a furry companion is part of the family, it can be just as stressful for owners to travel without their pets. Here is sound advice for selecting someone to care for your pet responsibly and lovingly. 
Selecting a Sitter
There are numerous high-quality pet sitters and boarding services available these days, but securing the right person to tend to your beloved animal isn’t always easy. If you don’t have an appropriate friend or family member to leave your pet with, there are other good options. You can go through online services that connect you with people, and there are even pet sitters who have specialized credentials such as the training in companion animal first-aid. There are some people who think pet sitting is easy, but experienced sitters are worth securing and will often offer a written contract fo…

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