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    • 03/23/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gilbert 85296
    • 6
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    Join your Desert Adventures friends for an exciting night of board, card and dice games!  

    Plan to bring a snack share, and BYO Beverage and enjoy the evening of games, laughter and fun.

     Address will be provided  via email when payment is made.


    • 03/24/2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 734 W Polk St Phoenix
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    This is an FYI event not organized by DA

    The  will be the place to be to satisfy your bao cravings! Enjoy steamed buns, gua bao, BBQ pork buns, sweet buns from bakeries, and creative interpretations from over 10 local businesses. 


    What is a bao? From Food Republic, a bao or known as a steamed bun or baozi is a "complete meal conveniently packed away in a white, warm, soft bun." Or what we like to say, an amazing delicious experience. 

    Explore all the different varieties of bao from traditional to creative interpretations. Each business will be serving up a variety of Asian and fusion dishes along with their baos. You can expect to see noodles, takoyaki, rice bowls, and skewers to name a few. Vegan and gluten free options will be available as well. There will also be boba and other desserts to go with your bao. 13.5

    $14.56 Online or $15 at the Door

    Get tickets on line at https://www.facebook.com/events/318862512280668

    Purchase tickets online to ensure a place at the table

    Meet at the location at 2:30 pm for the 3:00 pm seating

    Any questions? contact Christine at:  datreasurer@desertadventures.org

    • 03/31/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 5025 E Van Buren St Phoenix, AZ 85008
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    Tours are approximately 2 hours and include the Castle's main floor and basement. Extensive grounds & cactus gardens surrounding the Castle are in comfortable trams. 

    A docent takes us through the Carraro Cactus Gardens on a tram. The tour winds through the beautiful 44 acres, viewing the outer buildings, before arriving at Tovrea Castle. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Walking is minimal.

    Plan on arriving at the Visitor Center, 5025 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, 15 minutes before your tour begins. Bring water for your tour. Please ensure all containers are capped.

    Photography is allowed. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Castle.

    The tour will begin via trams and you will be driven around the property where you will see the unique cactus gardens and outdoor features. The trams will then take you to the Castle where you’ll have an opportunity to go back in time and learn about the man inspired to build the castle and the people that made it their home. The tour will conclude in the visitor center & is approximately 2 hours.

    We have 12 tickets

    After the tour, for those who are interested, we will have lunch somewhere in the area. If you are interested in joining us for lunch, contact the trip leaders no later than March 25th. 

    View pictures of the last DA Tovrea Castle Tour on our web site.

    602-708-9691 (text only)   or   CastleTour@ComputerComprehension.com

    • 04/03/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
    • 0
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    Holt was once a circus star, but he went off to war and when he returned it had terribly altered him. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires him to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.

    When tickets become available, we will purchase for those on the waiting list. You will be sent an email letting you know that you are registered and that you can now log in and pay. 

    We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at Dumbo@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 04/13/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 32540 S Biosphere Rd Oracle 85623
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      The Under the Glass Tour experience is perfect for visitors who truly want to explore this amazing facility, its intriguing history, and current scientific research. With your expert guide, you will enjoy the beautiful trail system as you wander through the Rainforest, walk across the Ocean overlook, explore the Coastal Fog Desert, and travel through the underground technosphere, descending into one of the amazing ‘lungs’ – an engineering marvel - that helped moderate air pressure in the sealed B2 environment. 

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    Biosphere 2 is located north of Tucson, Arizona at the base of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains. This one-of-a-kind facility sits on a ridge at a cool elevation of nearly 4,000 feet and is surrounded by a magnificent natural desert preserve. See why visitors from around the globe journey here for this unique adventure not found anywhere else. Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in the world's largest earth science laboratory.

    Please note that pets are not allowed inside Biosphere 2 or on the grounds. Service pets that are trained to do specific tasks are welcome. Do not leave pets unattended in vehicles.

    After our tour, join us for lunch aLupe's Restaurant in Oracle Junction. 

    Event hosts can be contacted at: Bio@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 04/16/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1133 N Dobson Rd Mesa 85201
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    Members and guests are encouraged to attend and meet the new officers. 

    This will be a great time to find out about upcoming Desert Adventures events. Many trip leaders will be on hand to answer any questions about specific events. 

    There is no fee for this event but please register so that we can make reservations. This event will close for registration on April 14th.

    Contact DA411 if you have any questions

    • 04/17/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

    When tickets become available, we will purchase for those on the waiting list. You will be sent an email letting you know that you are registered and that you can now log in and pay. We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at HB@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 04/20/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Mesa 85206
    • 13
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    Join us at Pat & Jay's farm in Mesa for an Easter Wine Hunt & Brunch. It is similar to an egg hunt except participants are hunting small bottles of wine. Every participant is guaranteed 4 bottles. Guidelines are listed above. The event starts at 11 am and the hunt begins at Noon.

    For those not into wine, come and watch the Wine Hunt and partake of the brunch. Dessert will be provided and we ask that everyone bring a snack. There will be guided tours of the animals which include 90 chickens, a cow and her calf, alpacas & goats.

    Registration and payment is required by April 18th @ 11 am. We are limited to 20 people and the address will be emailed to you once you make your payment. Please retain this information.

    Your trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at WineHunt@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 04/27/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Scottsdale 85251
    • 18
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    Wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries; however, with today’s ever-increasing options for both wines and cheese the pairing decisions can be staggering. Learn what cheese pairs nicely with wine.

    Beer is made from the same ingredients as crackers (plus a few extras), so it just makes sense to pair beer with cheese. See what cheese compliments the beer you are enjoying.

    Desert Adventures will be supplying wine, beer & cheeses, along with some nibbles & pairing education. You are not required to bring your favorite beer or wine for others to sample, but you are welcome to do so. We want to hear why it is your favorite and/or how you found out about it. 

    We will be gathering at Jim and Paul’s. They are in Scottsdale near Indian School and the 101. The address & private phone # will be provided once you register & pay on the Desert Adventures web site. Attire is dressy casual.

    You must be registered to attend this event to ensure we have enough wine, & cheese. Supplies will be purchased based on the number of those registered. In the unlikely event we have non-registered attendees, they will be charged the following fees: Members-$15 / Non-Members-$17.

    Visit the Google Map location in the confirmation email that you will receive when you register & pay. Click on "Earth View" then zoom in on the patio home.

    If you need to contact someone before you register & pay, you can contact Carol @ 480 558-1254 or cjdahlke@gmail.com

    • 05/01/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
    • 0
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    After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe for once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

    When tickets become available, we will purchase for those on the waiting list. You will be sent an email letting you know that you are registered and that you can now log in and pay. 

    We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at EG@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 05/09/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 05/12/2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Lynx Lake
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    Eagle Ridge Group Campground is in a Ponderosa Pine setting 1/4 mile from Lynx Lake, which is accessible by car or by foot.  The lake has a boat ramp. There are 12+ hiking trails in the area. A private concession at the north end of the lake offers boat rentals, a store, firewood and a restaurant.

    This is a primo tenting area w/3 large dedicated tenting pads 

    There is room for one large trailer & 3 pop-ups or small trailers. 

    You can arrive anytime after 1pm on Thursday. We have the Peregrine group site, which is tucked away at the end of the Eagle Ridge area. The site features: picnic tables under a lighted Ramada, fire pit, barbeque grills, drinking water, vault toilet & garbage service. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am. There is also a charging station for phones and such.

    Please bring some firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome. There is a campground host on-site who might enforce the pets on leash rule. Quiet time is from 10 pm till 6 am. A kettle and bottled water will be available at the Ramada so bring your instant coffee, cocoa, cider or tea along with your favorite mug.

    On Friday afternoon around 4pm, we will have a social and DA will provide the snacks & water. On Saturday, Paul will take you on a hike around Lynx Lake. 

    To keep the trip fees reasonable but also covering the cost of this group site, the Saturday evening dinner will be no-host and at the nearby Chinese Buffet Restaurant.

    Your trip leaders will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at Lynx@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 05/11/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 8260 E Plum Creek Way Prescott Valley
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    On 10 acres of grassland in Arizona's Prescott Valley, a herd of Huacaya alpacas peacefully graze and frolic in the sun. Brian and Valerie, the owners at Plum Creek Alpacas, preside over this pastoral scene, giving these fluffy animals their undivided love and one-on-one attention. 

    Visitors to their farm can share in this tranquil experience as they run their fingers through the animals' silky fiber and observe them playing and socializing with each other. Visitors are welcome to snap pictures and purchase their own piece of alpaca fiber to be saved as a keepsake or turned into a warm pair of winter socks.

    Join us for an educational tour, from the livestock guard dogs to the alpacas, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. You will be able to feed some alpacas and they will try to catch a mom and cria (baby) for you to touch and feel. At the end of the tour, visit the gift store featuring products produced with Alpaca wool. The tour will start promptly at 10:30 am so plan to arrive early for sign-in. It is about an hour and ½ drive on the I17 from I10.

    After the tour, join us for lunch at The Cooper Pit located 5 miles S of Plum Creek Alpacas. Address will be supplied with registration/payment.

    • 05/17/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 6738 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek 85331
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    Join us for a Friday Night Fish Fry, (FNFF), @ The Horny Toad in Cave Creek. 

    The FNFF features Deep Fried Icelandic Cod served with tartar sauce, fries & coleslaw. This is all you can eat...but no doggie bags or substitutions. All center cut pieces and hand breaded in house

    Registration/payment must be made by 5/13 so that we can make reservations in a timely manner.  You can meet us at the restaurant or you can gather at Paul's Place between 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Paul lives 2 minutes from The Horny Toad & his address will be emailed to you when you pay. We can carpool from Paul's Place. Paul invites you back to his place after the FNFF to relax for a bit.

    The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek 85331

    Your trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be reached at: 

    FNFF@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 05/25/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6101 E Van Buren St Phx 85008
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     The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but we also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan.

    The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism. The Hall also includes a gallery dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the United States.

    The Hall of Flame has six exhibit galleries. Within Gallery I is a  theater in which visitors can view a 10 minute video which introduces them to the exhibit galleries. One fire engine is available for boarding by visitors. Picture taking is welcome.

    Once we reach 10 participants, we can schedule a private tour. After our visit to the museum, join us for a buffet lunch at Indian Delhi Palace, located 2 miles away.

    Your event hosts are Joe&Hans who can be reached at: Flame@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)


    • 06/13/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

    When tickets become available, we will purchase for those on the waitlist list. You will be sent an email letting you know that you are registered and that you can now log in and pay. 

    We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at Dark@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 07/06/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 867 W. Royal Palm Rd Phx 85021
    • 22
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    In order to give us time to purchase food, registration will close on July 1st.

    We're staying with our traditional holiday theme of turkey and ham with all the fixings! Please bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert. There will be Italian Style Portobello mushrooms for vegetarians. This event is BYOB (Adult Beverages).

    Our infamous white elephant gift exchange will continue this year, so please bring a wrapped-up and fun used gift. These gifts will be anonymously exchanged while we're gathered around the festive Christmas tree. 

    And of course, what's Christmas without a pool, so don't forget a swimsuit and towel!

    Join your Desert Adventures friends for an afternoon of sun, swimming, great conversation and fantastic food!

    If you’re able to help set up and cleanup for this event, please let Jon know in advance at (602) 539-9611

    Any questions about this fun summer event? Please Email DA411

    • 07/23/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    A young lion prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young prince must decide his fate: Will he remain an outcast or face his demons and become what he needs to be?

    When tickets become available, we will purchase for those on the waitlist list. You will be sent an email letting you know that you are registered and that you can now log in and pay. 

    We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at Scar@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 07/31/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/04/2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Long Valley Arizona 86024
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    Situated in the stately ponderosa pines, this site encompasses approximately 5 acres and is an old Forest Service Work Center. The elevation there is approximately 6950 feet.

    You can arrive anytime after 1 pm on Wednesday. Please keep gate closed. The site features: grills, picnic tables & vault toilets. There is a group fire pit, which is the only place a fire may be started (restrictions may be in place). There is no water or trash collection so please plan accordingly. We will have a recycle bin for soda cans and clear plastic bottles. Remember to bring food, water, hiking gear and firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome. Quiet time is from 10 pm till 6 am.

    On Friday, join us down the road for a Friday Night Fish Fry & Sunday morning for breakfast at the Long Valley Café.

    On Saturday, we gather around the eating area at 4 pm for appetizers, please bring an appetizer to share. Dinner will be served at 5 pm & will feature Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Cobb Corn. Side dishes & dessert will be provided, so please just bring an appetizer. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am.

    Last day to register & pay is July 28th (we need time to buy supplies)

    Your trip leaders will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at LVWC@ComputerComprehension.com

    Or text only - 602-708-9691

    • 08/13/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.

    When tickets become available, we will purchase for those on the waitlist list. You will be sent an email letting you know that you are registered and that you can now log in and pay. 

    We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at Fowl@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 08/17/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 9160 E Shea Blvd Scts 85260
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    Glow Putt Mini Golf is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark, miniature golf course.  The jungle-safari theme surrounds a challenging 18-hole course that is illuminated with special UV lighting. Even the golf ball is special as it glows brilliantly each time it passes through one of the many custom-made CHARGERS located throughout the course. The layout is designed to challenge and please all skill levels as you make your way through the air-conditioned course.

    Balls & putter are supplied and they sell water & soft drinks. Be sure to wear something that GLOWS.  

    After our 18 holes, join us next door for Lunch aJade Palace and then some dessert at Sweet Republic. 

    Event hosts can be contacted at: PuttPutt@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 09/05/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/08/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mather Group site
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    • 09/26/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/29/2019
    • 11:00 AM
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    Join the waitlist and the event leader will confirm that a site is available. As of 1/19, there are sites available.

    Roper Lake State Park is just six miles south of Safford at 3130 feet. Enjoy desert vegetation, an accessible fishing dock and stunning views of Mount Graham. Roper Lake is stocked with Largemouth bass and Rainbow trout. Boats are limited to small electric motors, creating ideal conditions for a sailboard or a canoe.

    There are five miles of hiking trails around Roper Lake, including the Mariah Mesa Trail, a wide trail through the desert up to the top of the mesa. The park also features a swimming area with a sandy beach and nearby Dankworth Pond. Take advantage of excellent bird watching and glimpse Gamble’s quail and heron.

    We have 4 sites in the Cottonwood loop. Each site has water and electric hookup sites (20/30/50 amp), a fire ring, picnic tables & a shade Ramada. Cottonwood loop has a bathroom with hot showers. Most sites will accommodate a vehicle length of up to 45 feet and are back-in only. The park also has a RV dump station & visitor’s center with gift shop.

    You can arrive anytime after 2 pm on Thursday, September 26th. You will receive your site number after you have registered & paid. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome but please follow park rules. Please view park rules HERE ahead of your arrival. Check out time on Sunday is Noon.

    On Saturday, join us for dinner at the Branding Iron Steakhouse overlooking Safford.

    Dankworth Pond is 3 miles south of the group site & is a quiet and peaceful spot. There is a path that winds around the pond, known as the Dos Arroyos Trail. Visitors to Dankworth Village, an example of an Indian living site, can follow self-guided tours to learn the history of the Native Americans from Paleo-Indians through to the Mogollon Hohokam Indians.

    Things to do in the area: Mount Graham & Observatory, tour the Morenci Copper Mine, Dankworth Pond.

    Your trip leaders will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at Roper@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 10/06/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 8925 N 12 St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
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    A perfect way to escape the summer heat! This is an air-conditioned event at a friendly and local bowling alley, Let It Roll, in North Phoenix. We can get together and unwind from the summer peak heat together.  You can bowl or just visit and relax and unwind in your own way.

    Registration required to attend this event. So that we have time to give Let it Roll a head count before the event, registration closes on Friday, October 4th @ Noon

    Plan to arrive on Sunday, October 6th 1 pm to get your fancy shoes on and pick out a ball. We've paid for 2 hours of bowling starting at 1 pm until 3 pm.

    Desert Adventures offers 3 free parties to our members, this is our summer party. If you're a current member, bowling and shoes are free. The club will also pick up some pizza and sodas. You're on your own for major food and beverages. 

    Guests are welcome to join us

    What if I have other questions? Email DA at da411@desertadventures.org

    • 10/16/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. This anniversary event includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies.

    We reserve the center seats at the AMC Esplanade Dine-In Theater, which is a movie theatre-restaurant that features upgraded seats, an option-packed menu, a full cocktail bar and seat-side service at the push of a button. Check out their menu at:    amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in.

    Park in the garage below the theater, accessed from Esplanade Ln off Camelback or 24th St. You can park above or below ground. Remember what level you parked on and bring your parking stub in to validate. If you want an adult beverage, bring your ID.

    Arrive in the lobby 20 minutes before the show to sign-in and receive your ticket(s).

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at ChestWorm@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 10/19/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 500 E Vía de Ventura, Sct 85256
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    The Experience includes:


    3D Theater

    The butterflies will be jumping off the screen in our 3D theater! Come learn all about the life of a butterfly and what makes them so fascinating with our featured short-film, “Flight of the Butterflies.”

    Butterfly Emergence Gallery

    Feast your eyes on the largest emergence gallery in the country. You’ll be inches away from live chrysalis as they emerge naturally into beautiful butterflies and fly freely in the atrium.

    America’s Largest Butterfly Pavilion

    Step inside the largest indoor rainforest atrium in the United States. More than 3,000 butterflies from around the world flutter among the lush tropical plants and flowers, landing for just long enough to capture the perfect photograph. The flowers, trees and plants within the atrium have been chosen precisely for the butterfly species within.

    Insects of the Desert

    This engaging exhibit lets you explore many desert insects that are crawling all over Arizona. You’ll get up close view of scorpions, spiders, walking sticks and other unique creatures while they go about their daily activities.

    Honey Bee Extravaganza

    See the honeybees in action as they create their honey right before your eyes. These bees keep the flowers around Butterfly Wonderland pollinated. Don’t forget to spot the Queen Bee!

    Rivers of the Amazon

    Discover underwater treasures from the Amazon in our large, freshwater aquariums that house African Cichlids, Amazon Pacu fish and other colorful exotic fish. Mosey up to the touch tank and meet our friendly stingrays.

    After the tour, join us at the Wandering Horse Buffet @ Talking Stick for a bite to eat. This is a separate event. Check calendar for separate registration.

    Butterfly Wonderland is located at (Loop 101 & Via de Ventura) 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. If you get lost, call 480-800-3000. Specific directions can be found at: ButterflyWonderland.com

    Trip leaders are Flutterbys Joe&Hans who can be contacted at Butter@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 10/19/2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85256
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    Wandering

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    Buffet

    Prepare for an experience of culinary decadence designed to satisfy your every craving.

    Serving an eclectic, exciting array of international cuisine - including Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean and American dishes—Wandering Horse Buffet delivers both familiar and original mouth-watering recipes, freshly prepared for your enjoyment.

    Wandering Horse Buffet also features live cooking stations, a fresh salad bar, a carving station, delectable dessert options and a brick oven pizza kitchen.

    Cost is only $20 and this includes your lunch, non-alcoholic drink, tax & tip. If you desire an alcoholic beverage, you pay for that separately. Registration does not guarantee your place at the table, your payment does.

    • 11/21/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 11/24/2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • Picacho Peak
    • 4
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    You can arrive anytime after noon on Friday. We have reserved 5 sites with electricity. Two are pull through. Pricing is per site. Access to all sites is paved. All sites offer a picnic table and barbeque/fire ring. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am. Generator use is not permitted as the sites have electricity

    A modern restroom with hot showers is close by. Potable water, trash dumpsters and RV dump are located at the entrance of the campground. Remember to bring food, water, hiking gear and firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome.

    Not into camping? Make it a day trip and join us on Saturday and stay for the potluck. Be sure to register & pay.

    On Saturday, we will be visiting the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. View the calendar for more information on this event. On Saturday, at 4pm, we gather around the host's Ramada, site A13, for appetizers. Dinner will be potluck and start around 4:30 pm so bring a favorite dish to share. Hans will contact you to coordinate the potluck. Check out time on Sunday is Noon. 

    Your trip hosts are Joe&Hans who can be contacted via text at:

    602-708-9691

    15520 Picacho Peak Rd Picacho 85241

    Picacho Peak State Park is located approximately 60 miles south of Phoenix and approximately 40 miles north of Tucson. The park entrance is ½ mile off Interstate 10 at exit 219. Follow the brown park signs to the park entrance. 

    Tenters be sure to bring an extension cord so that you can run power to your tent.

    Due to the nature of the State Park's refund policy, cancellations will only receive a refund* if made by November 14th. This event will not be canceled due to inclimate weather.

    *minus park fees

    • 11/23/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • near Marana
    • 6
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    The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is dedicated to eliminating the suffering of pot bellied pigs in Arizona and surrounding states by promoting spaying and neutering, assisting owners and other sanctuaries, and providing a permanent home in a safe, nurturing environment for those that are abandoned, abused, neglected, or unwanted. The sanctuary is home to almost 600 pot bellied pigs.

    There is no DA fee for this event but a minimum donation of $5 per person is requested for the pigs. Please be sure to register since tours have limited space.

    The piggys also love donated blankets and throws, so keep an eye out for some at yard sales and thrift stores!

    A tour of the sanctuary is a 1½ to 2 hour walking tour through the various fields. You will be outdoors for the entirety of the tour. Please consider the following to make your visit pleasant:

            *Wear comfortable walking shoes

            *Wear a hat

            *Wear sunscreen

            *Bring a water bottle. Refills are available.

    Detailed driving directions will be supplied when you register. Join us after the tour for lunch at the DQ grill or Subway.

    Your event organizers are Piglets Joe&Hans who can be reached at: Oinkers@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 11/28/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Barb's house 85013
    • 24
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    Your Desert Adventures family will once again be serving home-cooked turkey and delicious honey glazed ham. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and your own adult beverages; we'll have soft drinks and water. 

    What everyone is bringing will be listed here:

    We really need everyone to register by November 25th so that we know what you will be bringing to share. We want to manage our Thanksgiving feast the best way possible. We need to limit the number of attendees to 25, including our host Barb, so if you are interested in joining your DA family for this holiday, please REGISTER! If you cannot make it after registering, please let us know so we can ensure everyone who wishes can join us.

    Address will be provided with registration

    • 12/07/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 25062 S Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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    Registration will close on 12/1

    Tour Arizona's only working olive farm & mill. You will learn about their products & farm, their unique olive tree varieties, see how Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made, the different classes of Olive Oil & the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    Queen Creek Olive Millis home to one of the most exclusive gourmet marketplaces in Arizona. Inside, you will find our selection of signature Extra Virgin Olive Oils, tapenades, stuffed olives, and balsamic vinegars as well as our line of Olivespa products. In addition to our branded products, we also carry a wide variety of local and directly imported wines, specialty cheeses, imported Italian ceramics from Tuscany, and unique local treasures ranging from honey and chocolate, to jewelry, cookbooks and kitchenware.

    Christmas is just 18 days away, so shop for unique gifts & local foods. The Olive Mill’s unique gift boxes are perfect for those hard to shop for. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is the only producer of Arizona Extra Virgin Olive Oil & is used by top chefs in Arizona, so your gift will be uniquely Arizonan. They also have a nice array of wines.

    After the tour, we will be dining in the grove. We will order lunch at The Olive Mill’s del Piero Mediterranean cafe & dine in their olive grove. Shaded patio seating is also available. This is a no-host lunch.