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Upcoming Events

    • 07/31/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Peoria 85383
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    We have reached capacity for this event.

    We're staying with our traditional holiday theme of turkey and ham with all the fixings! Please bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert. See below to view what is being brought so far. We will have water/ice so bring your favorite beverage.

    Our infamous white elephant gift exchange will continue this year, so please bring a wrapped-up and fun used/tacky gift. These gifts will be anonymously exchanged while we're gathered around the festive Christmas tree. This event is at Scott's spectacular house and is limited to 18 attendees. Scott lives in Peoria and his address will be supplied once you complete your registration.

    What is being brought so far:

    • Appetizer x 7
    • Side Dish x 7
    • Dessert x 4

    And of course, what's Christmas in July 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!

    This is put on by the core. If you have any questions email DA411@DesertAdventures.org


    • 08/12/2021
    • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 08/15/2021
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Long Valley Arizona 86024
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    This site has had a reservation cost increase from $50 a night to $85. DA trip fees were adjusted accordingly.

    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 Thursday. Please keep gate closed. The site features: grills, picnic tables, trash collection & 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, but is available for purchase 2 miles down the road. 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 Saturday, we gather around the eating area at 4 pm for appetizers, please bring an appetizer to share.

    So far we have:

    • Chips
    • Dips
    • Stuffed jalapenos
    • Jalapeno cheese ball & crackers

    Dinner will be served at 5 pm & will feature Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Cobb Corn. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am.

    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

    • 08/21/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Carol's Place 85296
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    This is where the club officers and committee chairs go over the details of running the club. We plan the schedule for upcoming adventures.  If you have an idea for a trip you want to lead you can present it to the officers at the activities meeting.

    Please bring an appetizer to share.

    Address will be supplied when you register.


    • 08/23/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 1855 S Stapley Dr Mesa 85204
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    We will be dining at California Fish Grill for a no host dinner.

    At California Fish Grill we believe it should be easy to enjoy healthy, delicious seafood, at a great price, as often as you want. Since 1998 we have been grilling and crafting delicious, healthy, seafood favorites for our growing family of loyal guests. Pledged to have respect for the ocean, we promise that our seafood can be enjoyed for years to come by partnering with reputable fisheries that provide the freshest wild-caught and responsibly farm-raised fish.

    You’re among family and friends now. Savor our open kitchen as vegetables and herbs are chopped, fish is hand battered, and meals are cooked on our signature flame grill. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy an appetizer, while we cook and prepare everything by hand. It’s hard work… but for us, it’s worth it.

    Event host are Joe&Hans who can be reached at 602-708-9691 (text only) CFG@ComputerComprehension.com

    • 08/26/2021
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 34.54021, -111.70409
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    This trail starts at the end of Bullpen Rd and traverses beautiful thickets of trees and plants. The going is easy and the tempting sound of rushing water is on your right as you continue parallel to West Clear Creek. The trail will veer left up a rocky old service road until you reach an abandoned rock house. Veer right and descend into a grassy field and an old service zip line on your right. Follow the trail to the east about 200 feet to a trail down to Bull Pen the gem of West Clear Creek. There’s a rope swing and cliff jumping for the adventurous. This is easy 1.3 mile hike one way. There is no fee for this event but please register on the Desert Adventures website.

    We will meet between 7:30 to 7:55 AM in the Home Depot parking lot at 35050 N North Valley Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85086 and then leave at 8:00 AM Sharp

    Directions

    •From Home Depot take I-17 north to General Crook Trail (Hwy 260) and turn right

    •Head east on Hwy 260 to Camp Verde Main St. traffic signal

    •Continue east on Hwy 260 (5.4 mi) to Rd 218, take a left

    •Head north on Rd 218 (2.2 mi) and turn right on Rd 215

    •Head east on Bull Pen Road (Rd 215) (3 mi) to end of road. Park by restroom

    The road is not bad (as Fossil Creek) but a high clearance vehicle is recommended. On the way back we will stop for lunch at Camp Verde. We should be back to Home Depot by 4:00 PM.

    Contact Scott @ 602-818-2190

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    • 09/09/2021
    • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 09/12/2021
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Mather Group site
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    Join our DA Family for a fabulous time at the Grand Canyon

    This is weekend after Labor Day

    WHERE:         We’ve got Mather Group Site 3 & 5

    The weather’s been perfect the past few years, so we’re due for rain, so bring your EZ ups and hopefully we’ll stave off the rain. 

    We’ll follow the same schedule: Thursday night we’ll do a mixer so everybody gets to meet everybody.  Friday everybody’s on their own to hike, shop, nap, or some combination thereof.

    Saturday evening we’ll have Sloppy Joes and something vegetarian.  Happy hour is around 5pm.  We’ll provide some kind of happy hour adult beverage.  Please bring an appetizer for happy hour.  

    If you’re new to this wonderful campout, or have CRS and can’t remember anything anymore, here are the basics.  The sites we’ve reserved are for tents. 

    If you have an RV, go to www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 to reserve your spot.  The closest hotel rooms are located at the Yavapai Lodge, which also has a restaurant and free Wi-Fi.

    There is a   general store that has food, liquor and snack bar. Elk and deer have frequently wandered through the neighborhood. Toilets and mud sinks to do the dishes.  Showers are available; bring quarters and flip-flops or river shoes.

    We ask everybody to RSVP as usual.  Please bring firewood.

    Any questions,  Andy or Daniel is your go to:  Cell 602-384-4320

    • 09/13/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 4433 N 16th St Phx 85016
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    We will be dining at Miracle Mile Deli for a no host dinner.

    With Miracle Mile proudly into its third generation, and over sixty years of being in the Valley, the “old days” of Miracle Mile have since become a memory.

    However the Miracle Mile tradition still continues as the Garcia Family carries on the name with pride, offering consistently delicious food, reasonable prices and great service in a family friendly atmosphere!

    Event host are Joe&Hans who can be reached at 602-708-9691 (text only) MM@ComputerComprehension.com

    • 09/18/2021
    • 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Mesa 85206
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    Come and enjoy the afternoon at Deby's beautiful home in Mesa. Take a dip in the pool, relax & enjoy some great company and food.

    Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm and will feature burgers & Brats. Please no desserts they will be provided. This event is BYOB (Adult Beverages).

    Please bring an appetizer or side dish to share. So far we have:

    • 6 appetizers
    • 8 side dishes

    For questions, contact Deby at 505-553-2977

    Exact address will be E-mailed when you register

    • 09/23/2021
    • 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 09/26/2021
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 34.255112, -114.137626
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    River Island offers sites ideal for RV camping, up to 65 feet deep. These sites are complete with 50, 30, & 20-amp service, and all with water. There are also beachfront campsites on the grass overlooking the Colorado River with 20-amp service and water. These sites are great for tent camping and small campers up to 24 feet.

    We have reserved 6 sites. Once we fill the 5 sites, you can join the waitlist. Someone will confirm that there are still sites available and contact you. The River Island Market, located 1/4 mile outside the park, offers groceries, food deli, gas, clothing boutique and storage.

    The dump station located at the SW side of the park across from the Ranger Station. No charge to registered campers. The park has two accessible restroom/shower buildings located at both ends of the park. The park also has a trash dumpster and a off leash dog area. Dogs are also allowed on the beach to the EAST of the boat ramp.

    There is a trail located right in the park and takes hikers up Wedge Hill for commanding views of Colorado River country. The trail network of nearby Buckskin Mountain State Park is easily accessed via the connecting trails at River Island. Your RI park vehicle tag will let you access Buckskin Mountain SP.

    You can arrive anytime after 2pm on Thursday. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & propane fire pitQuiet time is from 10 pm until 7 am. 

    Your event hosts are Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at RISP@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-7089691  (text only)

    • 10/08/2021
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 10/10/2021
    • 11:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Playground Group Site
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    The Playground Group Site is located in the pines at 7,500 feet atop Mingus Mountain in the Prescott National Forest. The site is shaded by sycamore & located near many trails. The site has tables, grills, trash dumpster, vault toilet, is fenced in but does not have water.

    Plan to arrive anytime after 1 pm on Friday, October 8th. The gate will be locked before that time. Drive in and pick a place to camp. Our campsite is near Jerome, Sedona & Prescott Valley. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am.

    Coffee will be brewed each morning starting at 6 am-ish. Please bring your favorite mug. Sugar & creamer supplied.

    Hans is coordinating a Saturday evening potluck. He will contact you once you register & pay to manage the menu. 

    Not into camping? Join us on Saturday and stay for the potluck. Be sure to register & pay and Hans will contact you about the potluck.

    Remember to bring food & drinking water. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome.

    Some things to do: Mingus lake is a short walk away and a little farther is a lookout from the side of the mountain where you can see the Verde Valley.

    Things to know in advance: Quiet time is from 10 pm - 6 am. One power outlet is available for phone charging & crock pots.

    • 10/17/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 383 N Gilbert Rd Gilbert 85234
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    We will be dining at Culinary Dropout for a no host dinner.

    At Culinary Dropout, raise your glass to friends coming together. A place where food and music are life. Join us at happy hour for ice cold beer and our famous soft pretzels with provolone fondue. At dinner, a signature cocktail and slow braised 36-hour pork ribs are a perfect pair. While you and your crew enjoy damn good food & drinks, a local band plays live for great vibes. Come hang out and stay a while.

    Event host is Barb who can be reached at DAVicePresident@DesertAdventures.org

    • 10/23/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 72 W Rio Salado Parkway Tempe 85282
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    Meet up with DA at Tempe Town Lake and go on a leisurely ride in an electric powered donut boat.

    We had so much fun in April on the pedal boats that we are going back and renting the Donut boat. The boat holds 10 people, but we need room for the ice chest so we are capping this adventure at 9. The waitlist will be open so if we have filled up the Donut boat, join the waitlist and if we get 9 more, we will rent a 2nd Donut boat.

    Since this is a water event, DA cannot be involved in the rental. Joe&Hans will be initially covering the rental of the Donut boat. As soon as you register, you can send your payment to them. ZELLE is the preferred method & you can send it to: 602-708-9691. You can also give them cash when you see them or send a check to: PO Box 10313, Phx AZ 85016.

    Cost is $25 or members/$26 for Non-Members

    The Donut boat has an electric motor so all you need to do is bring your lunch & NON ALCHOLIC beverage and sit back and relax. We will have an cooler with ice & water. You can store your NON ALCHOLIC beverage in the cooler. We will stop sometime around 11 am to drift and have lunch. There is a table in the middle of the Donut boat and an umbrella. Sorry, no pets or smoking on the Donut boat.

    Your event coordinators are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at    602-708-9691 (text only)   Meetup@ComputerComprehension.com

    • 11/05/2021
    • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 11/07/2021
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 33.848101, -112.281323
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    One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is a recreationist dream. The park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

    We have reserved 5 sites which have electric & water. The dump station is located within the park. There are 2 restroom/shower buildings. We have filled all 5 sites so if you still want to camp with us, join the waitlist and we will see if any sites are still available.

    If you have anyone else on your site, please have them register as sharing a site with you. Be aware the park charges for additional vehicles not in tow a daily fee of $7.

    The Discovery Center houses a remarkable display of interpretive exhibits for your viewing and inquisitive pleasure. Take a walk back in time as you wind your way through the historical journey of our museum-like exhibits, and learn about the natives and early settlers that called this place home. Come see some of our wildlife display animals.

    You can arrive anytime after 1pm on Thursday. Check out time on Sunday is 12 pm. 

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & propane fire pitQuiet time is from 10 pm until 7 am. 

    Your event hosts are Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at LP@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-7089691  (text only)

    • 11/20/2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 25062 S Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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    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 next month, 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 café & dine in their olive grove. Shaded patio seating is also available. This is a no-host lunch.

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

    • 11/25/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Barb's house 85013
    • 16
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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, we‘ll have soft drinks and water.  Bring your own adult beverages.

    Side dishes that we have so far:

    • Southern Baked Candied Yams
    • Potato Salad
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Cranberries

    We want to manage our Thanksgiving feast the best way possible so please list what you are going to bring when you register.

    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 that anyone else who wishes can join us.

    Location:       Barbara Hanson’s Home in Phoenix

    Exact Address to be provided with Registration

    Contact:        Barb @ 602-319-2922

    Cost:               Members: $10.00 / Guests: $12.00

    • 12/04/2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 1418 N Central Ave Phx 85004
    • 16
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    The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Phoenix resides in an old historical building that was once two houses. The two properties, the Baker House and the Cole Mansion, were constructed in 1921. A renovation was done to the houses in 1940 and joined them as one building.

    We will have a private room and everyone can order what they want from the menu. The room is limited to 24 people so be sure to register to reserve your seat.

    Event hosts are the CORE officers who can be reached at  DA411@DesertAdventures.org

    • 12/18/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 7380 E 2nd St Scottsdale 85251
    • 1
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    We have 1 ticket left, after that, join the waitlist if you would like to join us & we will see if any tickets are still available & get back to you.

    The hilarious comedy team of Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett are off their walkers once again in Assisted Living: The Musical® — THE HOME…for the Holidays, an all-new, hysterical holiday sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas and retirement will never be the same! 

    It’s the Holidays at Pelican Roost Wellness Center, the party school of retirement communities. From Nutcracker tutus and Peppermint Mocha Ensure® to golf cart parades and pharmaceutical-based activities, it’s all part of the Pelican Roost Annual Holiday Extravaganza! The 18 characters are portrayed by the show’s two actors in this vaudeville-esque musical revue, featuring numbers like “Chili Today and Hot Tamale,” “The Peril of the Bells,” and “Wrapper’s Delight.” 

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

    • 12/30/2021
    • 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 01/02/2022
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 33.602353, -112.503851
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    Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. 

    The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash flood waters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.

    We have reserved 4 sites which have electric & water. The dump station is located within the park. There is a restroom/shower building centrally located. Once we fill the 4 sites, you can join the waitlist. Someone will confirm that there are still sites available and contact you. 

    You can arrive anytime after 2pm on Thursday. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am. 

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & propane fire pitQuiet time is from 10 pm until 7 am. 

    Your event hosts are Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at WT@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-7089691  (text only)

    • 01/01/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 16335 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park 85340
    • 16
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    In order to make reservations in a timely manner, registration will close for this event on December 25th

    Dillon's at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium allows you to dine with the sharks! That’s right! You’ll be eating beside a beautiful 60,000 gallon shark tank. Be inventive and enjoy a new experience today. And, don’t worry, no entrance fee is required for dining!

    View the menu via the above link and see all they have to offer. Once you register, we will add you to the reservation list so we can all sit together. Dillon's is a busy place so please register so that we can include you in our reservations. If you need to cancel at the last minute, please be courteous and contact the trip leaders.

    There is no DA fee for this event

    Your trip leaders will once again be Joe&Hans who can be reached at:

    DinnerwithDA@ComputerComprehension.com

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    • 01/16/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 2501 East Telawa Trail Phx 85016
    • 7
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    The Wrigley Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. The Wrigley Mansion is a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. It sits atop a 100-foot knoll with spectacular views of greater Phoenix to the south.

    Our private room is limited to 12 paid registrants. There are 3 steps to enter our private room.  

    -Brunch fee INCLUDES tax & tip-

    Brought family style to the table:

    • Freshly baked breakfast breads
    • freshly sliced fruit
    • assorted mini desserts 

    Served at our table & can be ordered at any time:

    • Pickled shrimp
    • Imported/domestic cheese & charcuterie
    • House hickory smoked salmon
    • Panzanella salad 
    Order these individual entrees:
    • Lemon blueberry Belgian waffles
    • calamari & shrimp
    • Beef hash
    • Garden omelet
    • House made biscuits & gravy
    • Slow roasted prime rib
    • WM bacon breakfast sausage scrambled eggs

    In addition, you can purchase these fee based extras:

    • Black River Caviar $90
    • Seared Foie Gras $30
    • Grilled Hanger Steak & Eggs $20
    • Endless Cava or Mimosa $10

    -Brunch fee INCLUDES tax & tip-

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

    • 02/12/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 2757 E Guadalupe Rd Gilbert AZ 85234
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    The Preserve is organized into various vegetative zones ranging from marshlands to native riparian & upland vegetation areas.

    Approximately 298 species of birds have been identified on the site, and many insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals have found homes there as well. There are interpretive education panels on wildlife and vegetation throughout. Viewing blinds have been established at various locations near the edge of several ponds to further enhance the visitor’s experience. A floating boardwalk crossing the northern end of the lake allows visitors a close up view of the fish and ducks on the water. The preserve also includes restroom facilities.

    Join us for a leisurely stroll on approximately 1 mile, passing by all 7 ponds and ending at Water Ranch Lake. There are many benches to rest on and watch the critters. The site has ADA accessible trails. There is no DA fee for this event but please register so that we can expect you.

    If the preserve parking lot is full, there is parking at the library to the west which has a connecting trail to the preserve. We will meet at the head of the giant snake wall just S of the preserve parking lot.

    After our stroll, join us  for lunch aCasanova Brothers Pizza located @ 959 N Val Vista Dr Gilbert 85234. 1.5 miles W of preserve.

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

    • 03/11/2022
    • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 03/13/2022
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 3939 N Usery Pass Rd Mesa 85207
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    The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors. 

    Our Group site, A, has water, a large Ramada containing six tables, large patio, a grill and restrooms with showers. An RV dump station is near the entrance. When checking in at the main entrance, say that you are at Group Site A with Desert Adventures.

    The Ramada has power for crockpots & phone charges. A kettle will be available to make hot water, so bring your coffee, cocoa or tea.

    The members party will be held at our site on Saturday. The members party is a separate event. If you are camping, you still need to register separately for the members party. It is free for members.

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear and firewood. Quiet time is from 10 pm until 6 am. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome.

    For questions, contact your hosts Joe&Hans at:

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

    • 03/12/2022
    • 3:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 03/13/2022
    • 7:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 3939 N Usery Pass Rd Mesa 85207
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    Our Members Party will be at the Ramada at group site, A. There are restrooms nearby. When checking in at the main entrance, pay the $7 entry fee & proceed to group site A. DA is camping in group site A, so please be mindful of where you park.

    DA will be suppling hamburger and brats along with condiments, plates, utensils, dessert & bottled water. Please bring a side dish. Here are the side dishes being brought so far:


    This is a members party which is free for members. The event fee for Non-Members is $7 but if you join DA within 1 month of this event, you will receive $7 as a credit toward the joining fee.

    The Ramada has power for crockpots & phone chargers. 

    For questions, contact your hosts DA Core at:

    DA411@DesertAdventures.org

    • 03/26/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 2600 E. Elwood St. Phoenix, AZ 85040
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    Join us on a private tour that includes information about the organization’s history, a look into the Non-Eagle Feather Repository, details about their hospital and a visit to the Interactive Lab and Educational Trail.

    Liberty Wildlife assists the state of Arizona with rehabilitation of native species, specializing in avian, reptile, amphibian and small mammal species. They care for between 7,000 - 8,000 animals every year with a release rate over 50%, above the national norm. 

    We’ll get to look into the windows of their working hospital and see new patients being worked on. Then, on their education side, we’ll meet with volunteers who take the birds of prey out of their enclosures for up close visits. They also have a reptile room where some of their team can take out a few of those animals to let our group learn more about each of them.

    Consider donating something from their wish list, which can be view via the link above.

    Join us afterwards for lunch at JL Smokehouse just a 1.2 mile drive southwest of the tour.

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

    • 04/23/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 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 & they have water & soft drinks for sell.

    Be sure to wear something that GLOWS.  

    After our 18 holes, join us for Lunch at: Fate Brewing Co.

    7337 E Shea Blvd Scottsdal85260 (map)

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

    • 05/21/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • North Scottsdale
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    The Phoenix Herpetological Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a statewide facility that includes a surrender facility, education program, summer camps and rescue and rehabilitation.

    Interact with some of our special animals, which for many people is a once in a lifetime experience. Guests will get to learn about endangered species, how we contribute to conservation of those animals, some of the considerations we must contemplate when having these reptiles in Arizona, which reptiles are good pets for children or adults, adaptations of animals from across the world, and much more! This educational, hands-on, and exciting adventure is definitely one to remember!

    Consider donating something from their wish list, which can be view via the link above. The exact address will not be supplied to us until we make the reservation, but is in N Scottsdale. You will receive an email with the exact address closer to the event.

    Join us afterwards for lunch at Jalapeno Inferno just a 4 mile drive south of the tour.

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

    • 06/02/2022
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 06/05/2022
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 34.285065, -110.240217
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    Lewis Canyon Campground is located at 6,600 feet in a beautiful ponderosa pine setting with a large open field nearby. Wild turkey, elk and deer are often seen in the vicinity. The trailhead to the Juniper Ridge Trail #640 is located at the group campground. This trail is open to non-motorized vehicles, hikers, horses & mountain bicycles. The trail is a pleasant 14 mile loop through ponderosa pines, juniper and manzanita county. A shorter 7-mile loop trail is also marked.

    Last day to pay is May 30th

    You can arrive: anytime after noon on Thursday, June 2nd. On Saturday, dinner will be served at 5 pm and will feature extra-lean burgers. We gather around the eating area at 4 pm for appetizers. Please bring an appetizer to share. Side dishes & dessert will be provided. Homemade Apple pie Moonshine will be available each night. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am.

    The site features: Picnic tables, fire rings, 4 large group barbecue grills, dumpster & vault toilets. The only water on site is non-potable and for drowning the fire. Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome.

    Directions: Driving on AZ-260, turn S onto Pinedale Rd, (+34.317769, -110.247561). Drive through Pinedale and the covered bridge to the U.S. Forest Service work center, (+34.3053, -110.2465). Continue south 2.3 miles on Pinedale Road, which becomes Rim Road. Follow the signs to Lewis Canyon Group Site and turn right onto FR 130A, which goes directly to Lewis Canyon Group Campground (+34.285065, -110.240217).

    Nearest full commercial services are 15 miles in Show Low. 

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

    • 07/01/2022
    • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 07/04/2022
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Mt Lemmon Coronado NF AZ 85619
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    Mt.Lemmon Campout

    INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND 2022

    Friday July 1st thru Monday July 4th

    ARRIVAL time is 1PM Friday, Check Out 11AM Monday! Just an hour northeast of Tucson!

    Beat the heat camping on Mt. Lemmon near 8000 ft. surrounded by the cool pines above Tucson.

    We have Whitetail site #1 reserved. It's more cozy but still has a large ramada, electricity, water, grills and terraced tent sites along the hill.

    Getting to the campsite is a memorable trip up the Sky Island Scenic Byway, a recently improved road that has changing vegetation from the desert floor to the fir tree forest above. Figure about two hours from Phoenix to Tucson and another hour up the hill.

    It's just a short walk to a dramatic view of Tucson. Great hiking trails are all around. If there is interest an organized hike will be planned. In addition there are many things to explore up on the mountain. The Mt. Lemmon ski area operates its lift year round. The Iron Door Restaurant is open for lunch. There’s the little vacation village of Summerhaven only 4 miles up the road where you can find eats, ice cream and a small general store for ice. There is a restaurant open for brunch and dinner called Sawmill Run. You might want to explore the Marshall Gulch picnic area at the Lemmon Summit Trailheads. Hopefully you’ll also have time for a quiet afternoon in the cool air.

    The campsite is optimized for tent camping. Because of space limits expect to share your terrace with at least one other tent. Each terrace is a good size. Parking space is strictly limited to 8 vehicles. Carpooling is recommended. When we reach 8 vehicles it will be necessary to park across the highway along a side road.

    A BYOB is planned for Saturday from 5pm till 6pm. Please bring something to share for the cocktail hour. A Saturday meal will be provided for 6:00 PM and those wishing to come for the meal only are welcome. We will provide coffee and snacks for the mornings. Please bring firewood. (A number of time there have been fire restrictions but near the 4th there usually has been rain.) (The camp host usually has some for sale.) We hope that people from Phoenix and Tucson will join us for the hikes and meal.

    Directions:

    From the 10 take Ina Rd. east. Following the main road bear right as it turns into Skyline then Sunrise Dr. Turn right at Kolb Rd. and follow it about four miles to Tanque Verde Rd. Turn Left on Tanque Verde Rd. and follow it to the Catalina Highway (Last chance shopping center). Turn left on Catalina and follow it up the mountain. Do not pay at the fee station. Watch carefully at about the 21 mile marker and turn left into the campground. You will likely have to open the gate. Proceed to the camp host and then down to the first site on the left.

    • 09/08/2022
    • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 09/11/2022
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Mather Group site

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    Join our DA Family for a fabulous time at the Grand Canyon

    This is weekend after Labor Day

    The weather’s been perfect the past few years, so we’re due for rain, so bring your EZ ups and hopefully we’ll stave off the rain.  We’ll follow the same schedule, Thursday night we’ll do a mixer, so everybody gets to meet everybody, Friday everybody’s on their own to hike, shop, nap, or some combination thereof.

    Saturday evening we’ll have TBD and something vegetarian.  Happy hour at around 5ish.  We’ll provide some kind of happy hour adult beverage, and ask that everybody bring some kind of side or desert to share.

    If you’re new to this, or can’t remember anything anymore, here are the basics.  The site we’ve reserved is for tenters.  If you have an RV, you need to reserve your own spot; check out www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.  The closest hotel rooms are located at the Yavapai Lodge, which also has a mediocre restaurant and free Wi-Fi. 

    There is a pretty decent general store that has an amazing selection of food and liquor and a decent snack bar. Elk and deer have frequently wandered through the neighborhood.  Decent toilets, mud sinks to do the dishes are nearby and showers are available nearby—bring quarters and flip-flops or river shoes.

    This is not roughing it.  There are people who bring no food and just a cooler for adult beverages who manage not to starve.

    We ask everybody to RSVP as usual.  Please bring firewood.

    • 10/07/2022
    • 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 10/09/2022
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road Cottonwood AZ 86326

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    This north-central Arizona park is located in Cottonwood and within the Verde River Valley corridor. The spacious campgrounds give quick access to most of the park features like trails, playground, lakes, and the Verde River. Dead Horse Ranch is a great place to stay while you explore the natural beauty and rich history of this popular Arizona region. 

    Each site has water, electricity, fire pit & picnic table. There are restroom facilities with hot showers close by. A dump station is at the entrance & the park has several trash bins.

    If you want a tent site, (non electric & no water), for a lower price, contact the event host. Water can be obtained at the nearby restroom facilities. Tent sites have a fire pit & picnic table.

    You can arrive anytime after 1 pm on Friday. We are in the Cooper's Hawk Loop. Remember to bring food, water, hiking gear & firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome. Please follow park rules.

    On Saturday, we gather around the eating area at 5 pm for a potluck dinner. Participation is not mandatory. DA will provide plates, utensils, napkins & water. Your hosts will provide some sides. Remember, there is power so bring your crockpot.

    So far we have:

    • Potato Salad
    • Assorted cheeses

    Want to join us just for Saturday & the potluck, there is a registration for that! A separate day visit park fee of $7 will be charged at entry. Also, join us on Saturday for a visit to Tuzigoot National Monument which is a separate event & requires separate registration.

    Your event hosts will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at DHR@ComputerComprehension.com

    Or text only - 602-708-9691

    • 10/08/2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 25 Tuzigoot Rd Clarkdale 86324
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    Visit Tuzigoot National Monument to immerse yourself in the presence of people who lived in the Verde Valley a thousand years ago. Set aside twenty or thirty minutes to explore the Tuzigoot museum, which highlights ceramics, textiles, and tools found during the excavation of Tuzigoot pueblo, and was developed with help from descendants of the people who lived here. 

    Trails on site will take you through the Tuzigoot pueblo and Tavasci Marsh. Spend time with a ranger and learn about the Sinagua and the lives they led in the Verde Valley.

    There is no DA event fee but there is a $10 park entrance fee unless you have a America The Beautiful pass which gets you & 3 other adults in for free. We have a pass & the first 2 people who register can be included in ours. Let us know when you register if you also have a pass. 

    Join us afterwards for lunch at The Tavern Grille in Cottonwood.

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

Past events

07/19/2021 Dining w/DA at Joyride Taco House
07/18/2021 Core & Activities Meeting
07/02/2021 Mt. Lemmon Campout
06/27/2021 The Birdcage - 25th Anniversary
06/26/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
06/07/2021 Dining w/DA at California Pizza Kitchen
05/20/2021 Lewis Canyon Campout
05/16/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
05/15/2021 Potluck w/DA
05/08/2021 Liberty Wildlife Private Tour
04/30/2021 Houston Mesa Campout
04/24/2021 Audit & Core Meeting
04/24/2021 Tempe Town Lake Pedal Boats
04/17/2021 Dining w/DA at Angry Crab Shack
04/02/2021 Candlelight Open Air: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
03/26/2021 Usery Mountain Campout
03/22/2021 Dining with DA
03/14/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
02/27/2021 Potluck w/DA
02/21/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
02/13/2021 Casa Grande Neon Sign Park
02/13/2021 Dining w/DA at Chili's
02/13/2021 Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
01/30/2021 Sabino Canyon Crawler
01/25/2021 ZooLights
01/10/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
01/04/2021 Dining with DA @ Doughbird
12/14/2020 Core Holiday meeting @ Bar Louie
12/05/2020 Holiday Party
12/05/2020 Japanese Friendship Garden
11/26/2020 Thanksgiving Dinner
11/15/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
11/14/2020 Glow Putt Mini Golf
11/07/2020 Wild Rising @ Desert Botanical Gardens
11/02/2020 Strange Encounters: Halloween Scavenger Hunt
10/30/2020 Usery Mountain Spooky Campout
10/25/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
10/24/2020 Wine & Cheese Party
10/10/2020 Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake
10/03/2020 SW Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary
09/20/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
09/10/2020 Grand Canyon Campout
09/05/2020 Bat Cave Viewing
09/03/2020 Sycamore Creek / Parson’s Trail Weekday Hike
08/16/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
08/15/2020 SanTan Brewery/Distillery Tour
08/09/2020 Members Party @ Let It Roll
07/26/2020 Dinner w/DA @ Coco's
07/25/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
06/14/2020 Audit & Core Meeting
06/13/2020 Dinner w/DA @ Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
05/31/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
04/26/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
04/13/2020 Drive In Double Feature
03/22/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
03/20/2020 Dinner with DA canceled
03/15/2020 Brunch @ Wrigley Mansion
03/08/2020 Call of the Wild
03/07/2020 LA Cage Aux Folles @ Herberger
02/29/2020 Downtown Phoenix Urban Hike
02/22/2020 Lunch with DA @ Cook & Craft
02/15/2020 Spur Cross Dragonfly Loop Hike
02/09/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
02/08/2020 Western Spirit Museum
02/02/2020 Superbowl Party
01/25/2020 Lunch & Art tour @ The Found:re
01/19/2020 Ornament Exchange Dinner
01/17/2020 ZooLights
01/10/2020 Lights of the World
01/07/2020 Cats
01/05/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
01/04/2020 Dinner with DA @ Dillon's KC BBQ
12/18/2019 Core/Activities Dinner @ Keegan's
12/07/2019 Holiday Party @ Cucina Tagliani
12/07/2019 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
11/28/2019 Thanksgiving Dinner
11/23/2019 Ironwood Pig Sanctuary
11/21/2019 Picacho Peak Campout
11/16/2019 Blue Man Group Speechless Tour
11/10/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
10/26/2019 Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
10/13/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
10/12/2019 Haunted Phoenix Bus Tour
10/10/2019 Phoenix Zoo Roars & Pours
10/06/2019 Members Party @ Let It Roll
09/26/2019 Roper Lake Campout
09/05/2019 Grand Canyon Campout
08/27/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
08/17/2019 Glow Putt Mini Golf
08/10/2019 Arizona Distilling Company Tour
08/06/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
07/31/2019 Long Valley Campout
07/23/2019 The Lion King
07/20/2019 Dinner with DA @ Wandering Horse Buffet
07/20/2019 OdySea Aquarium
07/07/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
07/06/2019 Christmas in July Pool Party
06/15/2019 Ice Cream Social Pool Party & Core
05/25/2019 Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
05/19/2019 Audit & Core Meeting
05/17/2019 Fish Fry @ The Horny Toad
05/11/2019 Plum Creek Alpacas tour
05/09/2019 Lynx Lake Campout
05/01/2019 Avengers: Endgame
04/27/2019 Wine & Cheese Party
04/20/2019 Easter Wine Hunt & Brunch
04/16/2019 Social & Core meeting
04/13/2019 Biosphere 2 Under the Glass Tour
03/31/2019 Tovrea Castle Tour
03/24/2019 Arizona Bao Fest
03/23/2019 Game Night
03/16/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
03/15/2019 Usery Mountain Campout/Members Party
03/12/2019 Captain Marvel
03/03/2019 Mystery Castle Tour
03/02/2019 Mardi Gras Party
02/24/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
02/23/2019 Game Night
02/20/2019 Alita: Battle Angel
02/15/2019 Kartchner Caverns Campout
02/03/2019 Superbowl LIII Party
01/26/2019 Game Night
01/20/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
01/02/2019 ZooLights
12/31/2018 White Tank Mountain Hike
12/30/2018