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Upcoming Events

    • 08/04/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 08/06/2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 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, August 4th. 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. Please bring your favorite mug.

    Get up close & personal with the hang gliders as they jump off the side of the mountain. A short hike will take you to the jump off point with panoramic views of the Verde Valley. You can sit 10 feet away from the hang gliders as they jump and soar out over the valley.

    Remember to bring food, drinking water & firewood. 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.

    • 08/12/2017
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Paul's Place in Carefree 85331
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    Come and enjoy the afternoon at Paul's beautiful home in Carefree. Take a dip in the pool & marvel at the breathtaking views from his balcony.

    There will be a Bar-B-Q and socializing with your DA friends. Desert Adventures will provide burgers, hot dogs & brats along with water and something for our vegetarian friends.

    This event is BYOB (Adult Beverages). When registering, please indicate what you will be bringing as a side dish.

    Members $15 - Guests/Non-Members $20

    For questions, contact Paul at 602-375-2004

    Exact address will be E-mailed when you register & pay

    • 08/27/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 8925 N 12 St, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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    A perfect way to escape the summer heat! This is a cool air-conditioned event at a friendly and local bowling alley, Let It Roll, in North Phoenix. Roy & Sam will host and 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.

    Plan on arriving on Sunday, August 27th 1 pm to get your fancy shoes on and pick out a ball. We've paid for two and half hours of bowling starting at 1 pm until 3:30 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 for those in attendance. You're on your own for major food and beverages. 

    Guests are welcome to join us.

    There is a 25 bowler limit so be sure to REGISTER!

    What if I have other questions? Email DA at da411@desertadventures.org, or call Stan at 480 231-6035

    • 08/31/2017
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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    Ellison Creek is a wonderful swimming hole tucked back between Payson and the Mogollon Rim. It is the crown jewel of the Water Wheel area. It takes a short drive, a mile hike down a dirt road. If you want to take the scenic route, an incredible hike through a prehistoric looking landscape of slate and dense foliage, a jump over the creek and several ponds that you have to navigate over and around to reach this inviting, cold clear swimming hole that is most definitely worth the trip. Make sure you have some slip proof water shoes as any of the rock that gets wet is very slippery.

    There is a lot to explore in the area and if you park just past second crossing. Literally a few feet past the creek on the left and cross the road you can head up a trail that will lead down to a nice pool where you can do a bit of cliff jumping. The trail is pretty steep as you head down to the creek. There is a nice small waterfall that you can swim up to.

    Meet at 7:30 AM at 10240 N 90th St in the parking lot between Dunkin Donuts and Einstein’s Bagels SE/C Shea Blvd and Hwy 101. We will leave at 8:00 AM sharp for Payson so don’t be late.

    *1st parking lot with restrooms

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    **2nd crossing camp site

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    Travel time 1hr 30 min.

    Getting There: From Payson, head north about 1 mile from the intersection of the SR260 and SR87 (the corner with the McDonalds on it) and turn right on Houston Mesa Road. Stay on Houston Mesa road for 8.2 miles just after you cross the creek for the second time and head up the road a couple hundred yards to the next turnoff to the right and head back near the closed gate and park.  Hike up the dirt road up and to the left until you reach a low point in the road approximately 0.5 miles.  Head down the path to the river that you will hear off to your right.  Once at the river, go upstream a few hundred yards until you see the pool.

    **Alternate Route: (a bit more difficult)

    Start at the large parking area at Water Wheel. Hike upstream and boulder hop up to the confluence of Ellison Creek and the East Verde River. Ellison Creek will be coming from the right (south-east). Follow the creek upstream until you reach the pool. Altogether it will take about 30 minutes to reach the pool.

    *Additional Alternate Route: (even a bit more difficult)

    Park at Second Crossing parking area and cross the road. There will be a trail leading down to the East Verde River. Follow the trail and scramble down the rocks to the river and follow the river downstream to the confluence of the East Verde River and Ellison Creek. There you will need to jump across the river and follow Ellison Creek to the waterfall.

    After the hike we will meet at a fabulous restaurant for adult beverages and food before heading back to Scottsdale arriving at approximately 5:00 PM. 

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    Ellison Creek is a wonderful swimming hole tucked back between Payson and the Mogollon Rim. It is the crown jewel of the Water Wheel area. It takes a short drive, a mile hike down a dirt road. If you want to take the scenic route, an incredible hike through a prehistoric looking landscape of slate and dense foliage, a jump over the creek and several ponds that you have to navigate over and around to reach this inviting, cold clear swimming hole that is most definitely worth the trip. Make sure you have some slip proof water shoes as any of the rock that gets wet is very slippery.

    There is a lot to explore in the area and if you park just past second crossing. Literally a few feet past the creek on the left and cross the road you can head up a trail that will lead down to a nice pool where you can do a bit of cliff jumping. The trail is pretty steep as you head down to the creek. There is a nice small waterfall that you can swim up to.

    Meet at 7:30 AM at 10240 N 90th St in the parking lot between Dunkin Donuts and Einstein’s Bagels SE/C Shea Blvd and Hwy 101. We will leave at 8:00 AM sharp for Payson so don’t be late.

    *1st parking lot with restrooms

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    **2nd crossing camp site

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    Travel time 1hr 30 min.

    Getting There: From Payson, head north about 1 mile from the intersection of the SR260 and SR87 (the corner with the McDonalds on it) and turn right on Houston Mesa Road. Stay on Houston Mesa road for 8.2 miles just after you cross the creek for the second time and head up the road a couple hundred yards to the next turnoff to the right and head back near the closed gate and park.  Hike up the dirt road up and to the left until you reach a low point in the road approximately 0.5 miles.  Head down the path to the river that you will hear off to your right.  Once at the river, go upstream a few hundred yards until you see the pool.

    **Alternate Route: (a bit more difficult)

    Start at the large parking area at Water Wheel. Hike upstream and boulder hop up to the confluence of Ellison Creek and the East Verde River. Ellison Creek will be coming from the right (south-east). Follow the creek upstream until you reach the pool. Altogether it will take about 30 minutes to reach the pool.

    *Additional Alternate Route: (even a bit more difficult)

    Park at Second Crossing parking area and cross the road. There will be a trail leading down to the East Verde River. Follow the trail and scramble down the rocks to the river and follow the river downstream to the confluence of the East Verde River and Ellison Creek. There you will need to jump across the river and follow Ellison Creek to the waterfall.

    After the hike we will meet at a fabulous restaurant for adult beverages and food before heading back to Scottsdale arriving at approximately 5:00 PM. 

    • 09/07/2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/10/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wahweap Group site

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    It’ll still be GRAND, but we’re going to Lake Powell this year.

    Unfortunately every day in September was gamed/booked by all the tour groups, we didn’t have a chance.  So we looked around for something different. We’ve booked two adjacent group campsites for tenters 2 & 3 in the Wahweap Campground in Lake Powell, AZ.  We’ll have two ramadas, nearby bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and no parking restrictions. There are also nearby sites for those who want to bring up their own RV.

    Besides the fabulous nearby water feature, there is boating, hiking, fishing, shopping, and the natural beauty of Rainbow Bridge.

    The Saturday dinner will be Chicago-themed, think sliders, Chicago hot dogs (no ketchup allowed), and Italian Beef.  Bring your Chicago swag to show off, a side dish or desert is also appreciated.  Because of the ramadas, we don’t even need to be concerned about possible weather issues. Cocktails and appetizers will start around 5pm and dinner will follow when Stan says it’s ready.  The weather will be a high in the mid 80’s and in the upper 50’s at night, and the drive from Phoenix (the ranchette) is about a four hour drive, around 250 miles.

    Any questions? Ask the host Jeff at 623-670-8909 or at jeff_kita@yahoo.com      

    • 09/12/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 21001 N Tatum Blvd. Phoenix 85050

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    Join us for dinner and a Social at BJ's Brewhouse. They have a wide selection of appetizers, mains & desserts. Check out their menu HERE. Their Happy Hour runs until 7pm. View their Happy Hour menu HERE. Check out their current deals & offers HERE.

    Members and guests are encouraged to attend & this will be a great time to find out about upcoming events with Desert Adventures. Many trip leaders will be on hand to answer any questions about specific events.

    We will also be holding a 50/50 raffle.

    In order to give the restaurant an accurate count, registration will close Sunday night on September 10th.

    We will make reservations for those who have registered. If you can't make it after you register, please be considerate and contact the Activities Chairperson via text at: 602-708-9691 or E-mail.

    BJ's Brewhouse is located in the Desert Ridge Marketplace at: 

    21001 N Tatum Blvd. Phoenix 85050

    • 10/07/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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. Click here for a list of ideas - GLOW. Of course, use common sense for some of the items listed.

    After our 18 holes, join us for Lunch at Jasmine Tokyo. This is a separate Desert Adventures event which you can register for on the web site.

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

    • 10/12/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

    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 Replicants Joe&Hans who can be contacted at BR2049@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 10/19/2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10/23/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Reynolds Creek Group Campground

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    Reynolds Creek Group site is located at 5200 feet amidst Sycamore and Ponderosa pine. There are several hiking trails in the area and the site is within walking distance of the Salome and Sierra Ancha Wilderness areas. Wildlife in the area includes whitetail deer, elk and wild turkey

    You can arrive anytime after 1pm on Thursday. The gate will be locked before that time. After 1pm on Thursday, the gate will be closed and appear locked, but it is not locked. Please close the gate once you drive through.  This prevents non-group drive-throughs.

    On Saturday, dinner will be served at 4:30 pm and will feature extra-lean burgers and grilled chicken. We gather around the eating area at 3:30 pm for appetizers & social

    Please bring an appetizer to share

    Sides & dessert will be provided

    Check out time on Monday is 11 am

    The site features: two large Ramadas, 8 picnic tables, group grill, large metal campfire ring & 2 vault toilets. There is also an active creek running through the lower portion of the site

    There is no water or trash collection on site

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & firewood

    Quiet time is from 10 pm until 6 am

    Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome

     (Last day to register & pay is Monday October 16th as we need to purchase the food)

    Nearest commercial services are 19 miles north in Young, (gas, ice, food, telephone, Llamas, ice cream and the Antlers Café), or back in Globe/Claypool/Miami, which have all services

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

    • 10/28/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 800 E. Mineral Rd Phoenix 85040

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    Mystery Castle is a Phoenix Point of Pride, named as such by the Phoenix Pride Commission. It was built by Boyce Luther Gulley, who abandoned his wife and daughter in Seattle, circa 1927, after learning that he had tuberculosis. He traveled to Phoenix and started building a "castle" that he had promised to his little girl once while building sand castles on a beach. Mary Lou Gulley was a toddler when her father unexpectedly left and never returned.

    Boyce Gulley lived longer than he thought he would, and he spent 15 years building his dream house. Interestingly enough, he did not die of tuberculosis.

    Boyce Gullet left instructions for his wife and daughter, to whom he left the house, that there was a trap door in the house that should not be opened for two years after his death. His wife and daughter complied with his request. The trap door is located in a room that was called "purgatory" (between the chapel and the bar!). You'll hear what the mystery contents were when you take the tour.

    After the tour we will enjoy lunch at Los Dos Molinos which is 5 minutes away. Let us know if you want to join us so that we can make reservations.

    • 11/05/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 2501 East Telawa Trail Phx 85016
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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.

    Fee INCLUDES tax & tip

    A sample of the delights that await you

    • Beverages:  Including bottomless sparkling wine, beer & select wines
    • Garde Manger:  Organic, seafood and homemade salads, fresh fruit display with assorted wild berries, Imported and Domestic Cheese Platter with Crackers, Lavosh and Biscuits
    • Seafood:  Jumbo Poached Shrimp, Green Lip Mussels, Crab Legs
    • Carving Station:  Slow Roasted Herb Prime Rib
    • Entrees:  Baked Salmon Fillets, Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops
    • Omelet Station:  Featuring: Shrimp, Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Bell Peppers, Onions, Green Onions, Mushrooms, Cheddar & Swiss Cheeses
    • Pancake Station:  Freshly prepared Pancakes, accompanied by Fresh Berries, Chocolate Chips, Bacon Pieces, Butter and Syrup,
    • Eggs Benedict Applewood Smoked Bacon & Sausage Links Cheese Blintz with fresh berries

    Join us for a guided tour of the Wrigley Mansion after brunch. This is a separate event with separate registration on the Desert Adventures calendar. 

    Fee INCLUDES tax & tip

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

    • 11/05/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 2501 East Telawa Trail Phoenix 85016
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    Curious about the history of Wrigley Mansion? Ever wonder about those ghost stories? Grab your camera, your questions and join us on this guided tour! Discover all of the history and memorable details that make Wrigley Mansion one of Phoenix’s most storied landmarks. This guided tour last approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

    William Wrigley, Jr. of chewing gum and chicago Cubs fame, purchased The Arizona Biltmore hotel during the Depression, and had the Wrigley Mansion built nearby as a 50th anniversary gift for his wife. It was used only as a winter retreat for several weeks per year, and was one of several homes that they owned.

    Wrigley Mansion sits atop a hill in Central Phoenix. It has 24 rooms and 12 bathrooms, as well as 11 unique fireplaces. Valet service is available.

    Join us for Brunch at the Wrigley Mansion before the tour. The Brunch is a separate event which will be added soon.

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

    • 11/17/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 11/19/2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Picacho Peak

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    You can arrive anytime after noon on Friday. We have reserved 5 sites with electricity. Pricing is per site for trailer/RV or tent. Access to all sites is paved. All sites offer a picnic table and barbeque/fire ring. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. 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.

    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. Check out time on Sunday is Noon. 

    So far we have the following for the potluck:

    Chicken Broccoli Krok Pot Surprise,  Dessert,  Beef Roast

    Your trip   hosts are Joe&Hans

    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. 

    Due to the nature of the State Park's refund policy, cancellations will only receive a refund if made by November 10th. This event will not be canceled due to inclimate weather.

    • 11/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • near Marana

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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

    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. You can also park at the DQ grill and carpool/follow us to the sanctuary. 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)

    • 11/23/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Paul's Place in Carefree 85331
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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.

    We really need everyone to register by November 16th 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 Paul, so if you are interested in joining your DA family for this holiday, please REGISTER & pay! 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

    • 12/09/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 6933 N 7th St Phx 85014
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    The Sierra Bonita Grill is named after the historic Sierra Bonita Ranch in Southeastern Arizona. Today, Sierra Bonita Grill celebrates our state’s ranching heritage, customs and traditions by bringing you the tastes of the southwest.

    Enjoy a subterranean dining experience in a private room with your Desert Adventures friends. You can choose from 10 delicious items listed below. Iced tea or soda is included & most come with a side. Appetizers, adult beverages & desserts can be ordered separately. Private restrooms are just down the hallway.

    SOUTHWESTERN COBB SALAD
    House greens, grilled carne asada, bacon, sliced egg, tomato, cucumber, avocado, salsa fresca, jalapeno jack cheese. Served with your choice of dressing.

    SMOKED TURKEY SALAD
    Romaine lettuce, smoked turkey, black quinoa, cherry tomatoes, green chiles, avocado, sweet corn, queso fresco, flour tortilla strips, Spanish sherry vinaigrette and red chile pesto.

    WOOD-GRILLED BURGER
    Lettuce, onion, tomato, fresh pickles, rustic bun.

    SBG SIGNATURE BURGER
    Fresh ground chuck, chorizo, cheddar cheese, roasted green chiles, fried egg.

    FIVE-SPICED CHICKEN SANDWICH
    Grilled chicken breast, manchego cheese, smoked bacon, pesto mayonnaise.

    MARINATED CARNE ASADA TACOS
    Pesto mayonnaise, cabbage, salsa fresca, panela cheese, rice, beans.

    GRILLED VEGETABLE SANDWICH
    Grilled portabella mushroom, Mexican gray squash, Anaheim chile,  sliced tomato and topped with pesto mayo and a balsamic reduction.

    STACKED ENCHILADAS
    Corn tortillas, chicken, manchego cheese, charro beans and Hatch green chile sauce topped with salsa fresca and queso fresco.

    CARNE ASADA  
    5oz. grilled marinated steak, charro beans, roasted tomato rice, guacamole, salsa fresca, flour tortilla

    SMOKED RED OR GREEN CHILE PORK ROAST
    4 oz., charro beans, tomato rice, salsa fresca, flour tortilla

    For more information, contact DA411

    Sierra Bonita Grill is located just S of the Wells Fargo Bank on the SE corner of 7th St. & Glendale in Phoenix. Additional parking available at nearby business. Just look for the signs on the buildings.

    • 12/16/2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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 just 9 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.

    • 12/20/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016
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    Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. 

    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 Wookies Joe&Hans who can be contacted at SW8@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only) 

    • 02/21/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 9119 E Talking Stick Way, Sct 85250
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     This VR experience is the most immersive and realistic to date. Imagine a game that doesn’t feel like a game. You’re not wired to a console and your body becomes your controller. In our area, the real world and a digital one are seamlessly meshed together. Once you don our gear, you are instantly transported into a hybrid reality. Squat, peer around corners, crawl, reload and get ready… because when you move this game moves with you. It is pure immersive mayhem and you are in total control of your fate!

    We are limited to 6 players and we have a choice of either Zombie Survival or Singularity. 

    ZOMBIE SURVIVAL:
    The mission is simple… navigate an apocalyptic city and locate the transport ship that will escort you to safety. As you work your way pass demolished buildings, burning wreckage and hell on Earth, you and your team are met by an onslaught of the undead. It’s difficult to escape these flesh-hungry zombies and even harder to avoid the ruthless raiders that want you dead. Race against the clock to restore order and get to the transport before time runs out.

    SINGULARITY:
    You and your team are sent to investigate a secretive military research space station that has gone dark. No life signs have been detected and only the defensive robots remain. Something is very wrong. Battle through robots, killer drones, and gun turrets as you explore the narrow corridors, lifts and, zero-gravity environment of the space station to find the answers. But don’t worry, gravity boots keep your feet firmly planted on the floor (or the walls). Use strategy to determine which of the four weapon modes (scatter, beam, pulse rifle, or rail gun) to use on which enemy.

    After the tour join us for dinner at The Wandering Horse Buffet @ Talking Stick which is 1 mile away. Let us know if you want to join us so that we can make reservations.
    • 03/04/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 5025 E Van Buren St Phoenix, AZ 85008
    • 10
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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 1st. 

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

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

    • 03/16/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 03/18/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chalky Springs Dr Peoria, AZ 85342

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    Lake Pleasant is one of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,”this northwest Valley park is a recreationist’s dream.

    The park offers many activities, such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing.   Our Group site, Raccoon, has water, 2 covered Ramadas with electricity for small appliances, picnic tables, barbecue grills and fire ring. An RV dump station is down the road. The restroom/shower facilities are on our site. When checking in at the main entrance, say that you are at the Raccoon Group Site with Desert Adventures.

    Pricing is based on 9 camping units. If we have more than 9 units, they will charge us an additional $200 which we are not budgeted for.

    This event is limited to 9 camping units. Please do not show up with a camping unit if you have not pre-registered & paid. There is a chance you will be turned away as we will not cover the additional $200.

    • 05/10/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 05/13/2018
    • 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 with 9 dedicated tenting pads ranging from small to huge. There is room for 2 pop-ups or small trailers and parking spots can be used for cab-overs. 

    You can arrive anytime after 1pm on Thursday. We have the Osprey group site, which is the 1st & largest. The site features: picnic tables under a lighted Ramada, fire pit, barbeque grills, drinking water, 2 vault toilets & 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 morning, there will be a hike around Lynx Lake. 

    To keep the trip fees reasonable but also covering the cost of this group site, 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)

    • 05/31/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 06/03/2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • Mt Lemmon Coronado NF AZ 85619

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

    We've got the Whitetail Group Campsite No. 1 reserved. It's just steps from a dramatic view of Tucson. Getting to the campsite is a memorable trip up the Sky Island Scenic Byway, 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.

    There are great hiking trails all around. Check out www.sabinonaturalists.org for more info. 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 have time for a quiet afternoon in the cool air.

    The campsite is intended for tent camping. The improved terraced sites are perfect for tenting. Parking space is limited to 10 vehicles and is strictly enforced so carpooling will be a big help.  Overflow may require parking along the road off the campsite.  The Rose Canyon Campground close by may be able to accommodate an RV for the weekend if you book quickly.

    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 6PM and those wishing to come for the meal only are welcome. 

    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 Whitetail Campground. (See flyer) Do not come up the back side of the mountain. Rugged four wheel only.

    For questions, contact your host Doug at 480-991-6513

    • 06/22/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/24/2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • 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, June 22nd. 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. Please bring your favorite mug.

    Get up close & personal with the hang gliders as they jump off the side of the mountain. A short hike will take you to the jump off point with panoramic views of the Verde Valley. You can sit 10 feet away from the hang gliders as they jump and soar out over the valley.

    Remember to bring food, drinking water & firewood. 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.

Past events

07/08/2017 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/01/2017 Members Party in Prescott
06/25/2017 Dinner with DA @ Fogo de Chão
06/17/2017 Glow Golf
06/11/2017 BUNCO
06/07/2017 Wonder Woman
06/04/2017 Audit & Core Meeting
05/28/2017 Book of Mormon @ Gammage
05/19/2017 Bartlett Lake Bash
05/11/2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 3D
05/04/2017 Lynx Lake Campout
04/30/2017 Dinner with DA @ The Mining Camp
04/27/2017 Dining out for Life
04/14/2017 Fish Fry @ The Horny Toad
04/14/2017 Core Group Meeting
04/06/2017 Alamo Lake Campout
04/05/2017 Social Meeting
04/02/2017 Pride Parade with DA
03/17/2017 Lake Pleasant Campout & Chili Cookoff
03/15/2017 Kong: Skull Island
03/12/2017 Core Group Meeting
03/11/2017 Southwest Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary
03/07/2017 Social Meeting
02/18/2017 Lucidi Distilling Co. Tour
02/15/2017 The Lego Batman Movie
02/12/2017 Core Group Meeting
02/05/2017 Superbowl LI Party
01/11/2017 Social Meeting
01/08/2017 Core Group Meeting
12/30/2016 White Tank Campout
12/21/2016 Rogue One
12/13/2016 Core Group Meeting
12/10/2016 Holiday Party @ Christo’s Italian Restaurant
12/06/2016 Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour @ Gammage
11/24/2016 Thanksgiving Dinner
11/23/2016 Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
11/19/2016 Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
11/18/2016 Picacho Peak Campout
11/06/2016 Core Group Meeting
11/05/2016 "Just Like Us" Documentary Private Screening
10/15/2016 Rainbows Festival DA Booth sign up
10/12/2016 Gay Night at AZ State Fair
10/05/2016 Core & Social @ Joyride
09/27/2016 Magnificent Seven
09/25/2016 Pairing Social
09/11/2016 Labyrinth 30th Anniversary
09/09/2016 Core Group Meeting @ Grand Canyon
09/08/2016 Grand Canyon Campout
08/23/2016 Kubo and the Two Strings
08/21/2016 Members Party @ Let It Roll
08/17/2016 Florence Foster Jenkins
08/11/2016 Long Valley Campout
08/07/2016 Core Group Meeting
08/06/2016 Dive in Movie
07/26/2016 Star Trek Beyond
07/23/2016 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/17/2016 Core Group Meeting
07/02/2016 Central Phoenix Pool Party
06/29/2016 Independence Day: Resurgence
06/26/2016 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
06/18/2016 Thumb Butte Distillery Tour
06/18/2016 Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Hike
06/16/2016 Lynx Lake Campout
06/12/2016 Core Group Meeting
06/01/2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass
05/27/2016 Mt. Lemmon Campout
05/22/2016 Spring Concert: Bustin' Out All Over!
05/14/2016 Vortex!
05/10/2016 Captain America: Civil War in 3D
05/08/2016 Audit & Core Group Meeting
05/08/2016 Tovrea Castle Tour
05/07/2016 Butterfly Wonderland
05/04/2016 Fate Brewing Co. Tour
04/30/2016 Tough Mudder Arizona
04/28/2016 Dining out for Life
04/26/2016 The Huntsman Winter's War
04/21/2016 Alamo Lake Campout
04/20/2016 Social & Greet New Officers
04/16/2016 Jeff's Mid Spring Morning Wildflower Abbondanza Meander
04/09/2016 Southwest Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary
03/30/2016 Batman vs Superman - Dawn of Justice
03/25/2016 Burro Creek Campout
03/20/2016 Core Group Meeting
03/19/2016 BUNCO
03/13/2016 Arcosanti Tour
03/12/2016 Badger Springs Trail Wash Trek
03/02/2016 Gods of Egypt
02/12/2016 Kartchner Caverns Campout
02/09/2016 Core Group Meeting
02/08/2016 Hail, Caesar!
02/07/2016 Superbowl 50 Party
02/03/2016 Kung Fu Panda 3
01/30/2016 ROCKY HORROR SHOW SIGN-A-LONG
01/16/2016 Phoenix Ale Brewery Tour
01/13/2016 Social & Core at Los Diablos Bar
01/01/2016 White Tank Mountain Hike
12/23/2015 Star Wars The Force Awakens in 3D
12/19/2015 Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Luminarias
12/19/2015 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
12/12/2015 Holiday Party @ Christo’s Italian Restaurant
12/09/2015 Core Dinner @ Barrio Urbano
11/28/2015 Jeff's Way Better Than Last Time Hike
11/26/2015 Central Phoenix Thanksgiving Dinner
11/21/2015 Picacho Peak Hike
11/20/2015 Picacho Peak Campout
11/15/2015 Grand Canyon Backpacking 2.0
11/04/2015 Core Group Meeting
11/03/2015 The Importance of Being Ernest
10/30/2015 Halloween Campout @ Lake Pleasant
10/24/2015 Dos Arroyos Trail Hike
10/20/2015 Social at Los Diablos Bar
10/17/2015 Rainbows Festival
10/10/2015 Pool Party
10/02/2015 Gay Days at Disneyland
09/26/2015 Arizona Distilling Company Tour
09/20/2015 Dinner with DA @ Wandering Horse Buffet
09/11/2015 Core Group Meeting @ Grand Canyon
09/10/2015 Grand Canyon Campout
08/29/2015 BUNCO
08/12/2015 Sequoia and Kings Canyon Campout
08/09/2015 Members Party @ Let It Roll
08/01/2015 Central Avenue Pool Party
07/18/2015 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/08/2015 Social & Core Meeting at Hula's Modern Tiki
07/02/2015 Long Valley Campout
06/13/2015 Members Pool Party
06/07/2015 Core Group Meeting - June
05/29/2015 Mt. Lemmon Campout
05/15/2015 Bartlett Lake Bash
05/10/2015 Tovrea Castle Tour 2015
05/09/2015 Core Meeting & Annual Audit
05/01/2015 Kartchner Caverns
04/30/2015 Dining out for Life
04/18/2015 Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park
04/11/2015 Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival
04/08/2015 Social at Joyride Taco House
04/04/2015 Easter Eve Morning Hike
03/27/2015 Lake Pleasant Members Party Campout
03/15/2015 LGBT Day at the Renaissance Festival
03/10/2015 Core Group Meeting March 2015
03/07/2015 Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair
02/27/2015 Cave Creek Chili Cookoff Campout
02/14/2015 Valentines Day Lunch at The Landmark
02/01/2015 Superbowl XLIX Party
01/21/2015 Social Meeting Stacys at Melrose
01/18/2015 Core Group Meeting January 2015
12/20/2014 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour 2014
12/06/2014 Holiday Party 2014
11/27/2014 Thanksgiving Dinner 2014
11/10/2014 Grand Canyon Backpacking
10/04/2014 October Member's Pool Party 2014
09/19/2014 Lynx Lake Campout 2014
09/14/2014 Core Group Meeting Sept. 2014
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