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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…

Havasupai Falls Update: 2019 fees and procedure

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Reservations for the 2019 Havasupai Falls hiking seasons open on February 1 at 8:00AM Arizona time.  At some time in the past few days the Tribe posted fee information for the 2019 season and there are some MAJOR changes.

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…

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