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May 25 2022 update:
Calling for volunteers to lead.

I have a number life issues that will keep me from posting events for next few months (or very very few).
If you want to volunteer - it will be fun for you-- to go wherever you want, when you want--meet new people as well as give members an opportunity to get out during the summer. Post a walk in the park or a hike, or lunch - whatever you want to do. You will not be restricted to intermediate hikes. We ALL need to get out over the summer in any way possible :)

Please message me if interested. NOTE: due to a meetup gliche, I do not get notified when I have meetup message. I will check meetup messages once a week.

message me again if I do not respond. if you have my email from the email I sent out may 25 2022, then use that. thank you!!
Grace

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Welcome! This is both a Basic Information Welcome Page with Guidelines.

Here are pictures of some past hikes in google photos link. It may not open for everyone, but gives you an idea of where we have been.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/FxzHKi9sq5Ho8pax5

I am slowly changing the word 'Moderate' in the description to 'Intermediate' because enough beginner folks have indicated they are not sure what 'moderate' means so they sign up but not able to participate.

WHO THIS MEETUP IS GEARED FOR:
This meetup is for people that are already skilled in hiking but not advanced.

Hiking IS a skill if you are walker. Especially in the desert. You need to know how to navigate uneven rocky trails, some steep step ups and step downs. So 'walk' on, challenge yourself with different terrain at SNP East and West and Sabino. When you are sure footed, join or contact me for advice on how to bump up your skills.

HOW FAR WE HIKE:
We will hike 4 to 7 miles. Incline, elevation and pace will be included in each hike so you can discern if that's a good trail for you. And a description from Alltrails which is comprehensive and has comments from hikers.

WANTED - VOLUNTEERS TO HOST:
If you want to host - if you have ideas of where you want to go - people will follow.

Please contact me if you would like to host easy (1, 2 or 3 miles) to moderate hikes or walks. I will help you. It's easy. Meet nice people. Go when and where you want. Or plan a trip to a Botanical Gardens.
I am just person and busy, so I do not post a lot.
Other meetup do, they have multiple hosts. Volunteer! You'll be glad.

PURPOSE of this meetup:
The purpose of this meetup is to be out in nature, appreciate, cultivate protection for it. Enjoy. Immerse.

When there are rains, we will stop to identify some flowers and plants but not for an extended amount of time.

Therefore, there is an element of 'nature hike' to these hikes, rather than pure exercise without stopping.  We will stop to take in the view. And get exercise.
--Both--.

PACE:
Pace is relaxed, not a stroll, not a ramble, but a comfortable steady, approx 2mph pace for a 5'2 person with short legs.
Note: Up a steep hill I am a turtle. But I recover quickly.

GUIDELINES/RESTRICTIONS: ugh but necessary
Behavior guidelines:
Phones on silent.
(You will see me with my phone - it's to navigate trails however on the app)

Behavior:
Meetup as an Organization has their own general has behavior rules:
no personal attacks, nothing considered ill mannered or aggressive or you may be removed.

Important: Communication with the host is --required-- for a number of reasons.
1. It is polite
2. It is necessary to: screen first timers for activity level; communicate changes in event time or cancellation; provide host contact information; provide updates on rsvps.

Most people that do not communicate with the host, end up as no-shows.

No shows will be counted and will lead to removal with NO communication.
You must communicate if you it's 11th hour and you cannot come. You must communicate after you are flagged as no-show to have it removed. Meetup counts all no-shows.
"Something came up" is not acceptable.

RSVP only if you INTEND to go.

COVID
This meetup takes covid seriously. If you don't, this is not the meetup for you.

Etiquette on handing each other things regarding touch transmission:
Lots of folks have a staunch vocal opinion on touch transmission. If that is you, simply have the courtesy for other's sensibilities since it's easy.
----ASK before handling someone's phone for a picture. Ask before picking up their poles or water bottles, etc. for courtesy.

Bring sanitizer

Don't rant at me about your opinions of these guide lines.
Simply go to one of the other 10 hike groups.

You may not know we meetup owners pay $210 a year to run these meetups so folks can join for free.

Organizing is great fun and rewarding for those that attend or change their rsvp in a timely way. It's a drag to deal with no-shows.

Happy Trails
Grace
https://photos.app.goo.gl/FxzHKi9sq5Ho8pax5

Upcoming events (2)

Walk the Sabino Canyon Tram Road July 4th at night!

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## Details

Just seeing if there is any interest here. I walked Sabino on July 4th at night a few years ago and it was wonderful! Coming back you could see all the fireworks going off all over town! Let's meet up under the gazebo in front of the Visitors Center and leave there promptly at 7:30. The goal is to walk--stroll--up the tram road to the fourth bridge (just a bit short of the two mile marker) and back. The pace should be no more than 2 miles per hour.

Here are some some rules and guidelines for this so please read this entire post before deciding to attend. Walking the tram road at Sabino after dark under the full moon is a fabulous experience! I hope you all want to come! but there's stuff you need to be aware of:

  1. I am going to set a minimum of 4 for this hike to take place; if we don't have that many takers, I'll cancel the event and try for another day when maybe more of you can make it. I want to have enough people for the conversation to be loud enough to announce our presence to any animals we may encounter; they don't want to meet up close and personal with us either. Advance warning is best. More than four are welcome of course!
  2. You walk/hike at your own risk. Meetup has a liability release (see link below) for all their events, but I want to be very sure we all have a good time here, a safe time. It will be hot even after dark. Make sure your health situation will be ok for walking close to 4 miles in the heat. There are some hills here, so it can be a challenging walk. You are responsible for yourself. If you need to turn back, you may have to walk back to the parking lot on your own. MAKE SURE YOU BRING PLENTY OF WATER AND STAY HYDRATED.
  3. There may be wild animals/critters. EVERYONE NEEDS TO BRING A FLASHLIGHT (NO HEADLAMPS PLEASE, THEY BLIND OTHERS). The most effective approach IMHO is to shine your light down on the road so you can see clearly quite a distance ahead what is coming up. If there are snakes or tarantula or scorpions we wait until it is safe to walk around them or they have finished crossing the road. No screaming please.
  4. there is a charge of $7 to park at Sabino if you don't have a pass. Make sure you take care of this before 7:30. There is a box nearby where we will meet. If you have a pass, be sure you display it!
  5. A few other suggestions: I usually put on mosquito repellent; up to you whether you need to. I also have a small personal water spritzer bottle I carry to spray myself when I get hot...I find it very effective for cooling off.
  6. The Monsoon is here so if a storm is happening or threatening at Sabino at the time the hike is to start, I will cancel. If some decide to go ahead, you do so at your own risk. If the bridges are covered with water I'll stop at the first bridge.
  7. I'm cross-posting this with the Explore Tucson on Foot group...Just FYI

Liability waiver link below, please message me if you have any questions!
Hope to see you there!
Mary
* Release of Liability: This hike is "Hike at Your Own Risk". You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and the safety of your guests. You can view Meetup.com's Release of Liability Statement HERE.

Walk the Sabino Canyon Tram Road under the Full Moon

Needs a location

## Details

The full moon is June 13! Let's meet up under the gazebo in front of the Visitors Center and leave there promptly at 7:30. The goal is to walk--stroll--up the tram road to the fourth bridge (just a bit short of the two mile marker) and back. The pace should be no more than 2 miles per hour.

Here are some some rules and guidelines for this so please read this entire post before deciding to attend. Walking the tram road at Sabino after dark under the full moon is a fabulous experience! I hope you all want to come! but there's stuff you need to be aware of:

  1. I am going to set a minimum of 4 for this hike to take place; if we don't have that many takers, I'll cancel the event and try for another day when maybe more of you can make it. I want to have enough people for the conversation to be loud enough to announce our presence to any animals we may encounter; they don't want to meet up close and personal with us either. Advance warning is best. More than four are welcome of course!
  2. You walk/hike at your own risk. Meetup has a liability release (see link below) for all their events, but I want to be very sure we all have a good time here, a safe time. It will be hot even after dark. Make sure your health situation will be ok for walking close to 4 miles in the heat. There are some hills here, so it can be a challenging walk. You are responsible for yourself. If you need to turn back, you may have to walk back to the parking lot on your own. MAKE SURE YOU BRING PLENTY OF WATER AND STAY HYDRATED.
  3. There may be wild animals/critters. EVERYONE NEEDS TO BRING A FLASHLIGHT (NO HEADLAMPS PLEASE, THEY BLIND OTHERS). The most effective approach IMHO is to shine your light down on the road so you can see clearly quite a distance ahead what is coming up. If there are snakes or tarantula or scorpions we wait until it is safe to walk around them or they have finished crossing the road. No screaming please.
  4. there is a charge of $7 to park at Sabino if you don't have a pass. Make sure you take care of this before 7:30. There is a box nearby where we will meet. If you have a pass, be sure you display it!
  5. A few other suggestions: I usually put on mosquito repellent; up to you whether you need to. I also have a small personal water spritzer bottle I carry to spray myself when I get hot...I find it very effective for cooling off.
  6. The Monsoon is here so if a storm is happening or threatening at Sabino at the time the hike is to start, I will cancel. If some decide to go ahead, you do so at your own risk. If the bridges are covered with water I'll stop at the first bridge.
  7. I'm cross-posting this with the Explore Tucson on Foot group...Just FYI

Liability waiver link below, please message me if you have any questions!
Hope to see you there!
Mary
* Release of Liability: This hike is "Hike at Your Own Risk". You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and the safety of your guests. You can view Meetup.com's Release of Liability Statement HERE.

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Walk the Sabino Canyon Tram Road under the Full Moon

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