Hot Time, Summer in the Verdes
Fourth of July low rider

Hot Time, Summer in the Verdes

Happy Fourth of July!  Out here in Arizona, I guess you could say everyday is some variation of a summer day.  But the Fourth is a guaranteed hot one.  Our summer days make us dream a little bit about our youth “up North”, wherever that is for you.  Consistent 100 degree days greet us by the end of May, and do not leave until we are well into October.  By time Fourth of July hits, we also start to deal with the Monsoon season.  Humidity that was ridiculously low in the 3-7% range soars to the 40% range.  Now I know, if you are back in the east or mid-west, 40% is a dry day.  But it isn’t 108 degrees and no shade to be found along with the 40%.  It’s hot baby!

So what can you do when it is that hot?  The pool is an option, but even the water in the pool becomes swampy warm by July.  I guess we will have to golf! (more…)

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Rio Verde Hiking group hits the trail
Kentuck Mountain view

Rio Verde Hiking group hits the trail

“No sign-up, just show up.”  This is the directive of the Rio Verde Hiking Club leader, Jim Urban.  Jim has been the leader of the Rio Verde Hiking Club, and in Jim we trust!  His knowledge of the area trails and history make him a interesting guide and fountain of knowledge.  Our first hike of the season was November 14, and about 27 Rio Verde hikers showed up in the parking lot to set out to Kentuck Mountain in the Tonto National Forest(more…)

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Mountain Biking a new trail in McDowell Mt. park

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Sunday afternoon best mountain biking buddy Jody and I hit the trail. Leaving Rio Verde, we entered the McDowell Mountain park through the Verde gate, and took the Verde trail up to the dirt road and cut over to the Lousley Hill camping area. There we could pick up the new Escondito trail about a mile east of the Pemberton Trail. (more…)

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