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Upcoming Events

    • 10/26/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1317 W Jefferson St ​Phx 85007

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    Don't wait, register & pay before it books out. These Saturday tours only occur 9 times each year.

    The cemeteries at this location were not the first in Phoenix. During the 1870's, when Phoenix was still a small settlement, burials took place in the 'old' city cemetery which was located approximately between Fifth and Seventh Avenues and Jackson and Madison Streets, near the downtown train station.

    After Phoenix incorporated as a city on February 25, 1881, citizens and community leaders became concerned that train passengers' first glimpse of Phoenix was a cemetery "right at the door of our beautiful city and in the most irregular, dilapidated, and disgraceful condition...a disgrace to the town" [Daily Herald, 27 May 1884].

    To remedy the problem, the fraternal orders of the city purchased Block 32, Neahr's Addition, keeping the east half to establish their own cemeteries and selling the west half to others for cemetery use. Families moved their loved ones from the old cemetery to the new one, and the City reburied the unclaimed bodies in a common grave.

    The Pioneer & Military Memorial Park is comprised of seven historic cemeteries which were in use between 1884 and 1914. They are: 

    Historic Smurthwaite House, built in 1897, is a Queen Anne single style home. The house, which was originally located at 602 N. 7th Street, was intended to be used as a boarding house. It currently serves as the office of the historic "Pioneer and Military Cemetery".

    These historic cemeteries have about 600 markers left for the 3,700 named burials. Many of these stones are in various states of disrepair and in great need of preservative measures. Your event fee, which includes a tour of the Smurthwaite House & the 7 cemeteries, will be donated to the Gravestone Preservation Fund.

    We will meet @ 9:45 am in the parking lot which is located S of Jefferson on the E side of Smurthwaite House. Arrive early for parking & sign in.If you would like to join us for lunch after the event, we will be eating at Cibo, located @ 603 N 5th Ave Phx 85003

    Event hosts can be contacted at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 11/10/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Barb's House

    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.

    • 11/16/2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1200 S Forest Ave Tempe 85281
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    Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the exciting and spectacular show that is BLUE MAN GROUP. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — BLUE MAN GROUP SPEECHLESS TOUR.

    SPEECHLESS will feature new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and profound absurdity.

    We see fun in your future. If you like normal, think again — ‘cause Blue Man Group is a rollicking rave of a good time.

    Tickets are non refundable once you register and pay

    Your event organizers are BlueBoys Joe&Hans who can be reached at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    Your event organizers are BlueBoys Joe&Hans who can be reached at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)
    • 11/21/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 11/24/2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • Picacho Peak

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    You can arrive anytime after noon on Thursday. 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:


    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
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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: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 11/28/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Barb's house 85013
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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.


    Registration will close on N o v e m b e r 25th.   We want to manage our Thanksgiving feast the best way possible so please list what you are going to bring when you register.

    So far we have:

    Ham and turkey

    Deviled eggs



    3 Bean salad

    We need to limit the number of attendees to around 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

    If you have any questions. 

     Email DA at

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


    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.

    • 12/07/2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 17045 N 59th Ave Glendale 85308

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    Holiday Party @ Cucina Tagliani’s Pasta & Vino Saturday December 7th from 3 pm to 5:30pm.

    Join us for a fantastic time and great food. We have chosen Italian Fare for the holiday party this year. We will be dining at Cucina Tagliani’s Pasta & Vino in Glendale.

    Our menu for this gathering is:

     Freshly prepared garlic bread

     Garden or Caesar Salad

     Eggplant Parmesan (V)

     Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

     Chicken Piccata

     Flank Steak Gorgonzola

     Tiramisu for dessert (Chocolate Mascarpone Cake upgrade for $3 more)

     Coffee, tea, or soft drinks are included with your dinner

    The registration fee covers your meal, non-alcoholic drinks, tax and tip. Alcoholic drinks are available, but not covered in registration fee.

    $33 per person for Members & Guests

    Registration will close on December 3rd

    For more information contact Carol at: or 480-695-3880

    The address is: 17045 N 59th Ave #101, Glendale, AZ 85308 (NE corner of Bell and 59th Ave.)

    Tagliani's is making up menus for the table. No preliminary choices are necessary.

    • 12/18/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 3114 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016


    Only pressing business will be discussed

    • 01/04/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 16335 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park 85340

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    In order to make reservations in a timely manner, registration will close for this event on January 1st

    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:

    (text only) 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 01/07/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2515 E Camelback Rd Phx 85016

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    Event host is Christine who can be contacted at:

    • 01/10/2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1826 W McDowell Rd Phx 85007

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    Tickets currently unavailable from the vendor. Check back soon. 

    Your ticket(s) will be purchased once you have paid & are non refundable.

    Lights of the World is a unique international lantern arts festival that combines the age-old Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern cutting-edge technology and lights. The Lights of the World lantern displays extend from 18 to 60 feet, showcasing features of different cultures and civilizations around the globe. With 11 overarching exhibits and 75 stunning displays, Lights of the World promises an unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. 

    The Incredible Puppetion Rockers is free with admission. Lights of the World is the largest holiday lights show in North America. Pay for which exciting rides to enjoy at your own discretion! Foods, carnival games & craft arts are available.

    We would like to enter as a group. Exact location is still unavailable but will go out with a reminder email 5 days before the event.  We will be entering the event at 6 pm. If you arrive after that, your ticket with your name will be at TBD.

    It is HIGHLY recommended that you supply a number that you can receive a text on when register & pay, just in case meeting location or location of your ticket if you are late changes. If you are running late, please text trip leaders.

    Lights of the World is at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. If you plan to park at the Fairgrounds, there is a $10 parking fee which is cash only.

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

    • 01/17/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 455 N Galvin Parkway Phx 85008


    Registration will open soon

    The Valley’s most anticipated holiday tradition: ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo! Millions of lights and a 200-foot-long Polar Slide™. New this year - Wildlife Lantern Safarifeaturing more than 60 creatures - all aglow! The live reindeer will be returning.

    ZooLights is one of the only venues to use such a wide variety of lighting techniques that include rope lights, LED lights, light strands, black light, fiber optics, lasers, gobos, strobes, lights programmed to music and net lighting in trees or shrubbery. The large mesh nets were created and used first by the Zoo.

    During ZooLights you will find a variety of food & beverage selections at their eateries. 

    It is HIGHLY recommended that you supply a number that you can receive a text on when you register & pay, just in case meeting location or location of your ticket if you are late changes.

    We will meet up on the parking lot side of the bridge for entry as a group. We will enter at as soon as everyone has arrived, but no later than 5:35 pm. If you arrive after that, your ticket with your name will be at guest services. If you are running late, please text.

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

    • 01/19/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Gilbert 85296


    After Christmas Ornament Exchange and Dinner

    Sunday, January 19th 2pm – 5:30pm Carol & Georgia’s place in Gilbert

    Come and enjoy the Festive Reindeer Games.  We will be testing everyone’s Holiday Knowledge.  Having an Ornament Exchange so we all have something pretty to hang on our Charlie Brown Trees next Christmas.   Then of course it would not be a Christmas Party without an Ugly Sweater Contest, so dig out your favorite hideous Christmas sweater.

    We will enjoy a delicious light dinner of Baked Mostaccoli, Garlic Bread, Simple Salad, and of course Christmas Cookies.

    Please bring a snack or appetizer and your favorite beverage if you have one.

    Members: $10         Guests: $15

    Exact address will be provided when payment is complete

    If you have any questions, please contact Carol at or 480-695-3880

    • 02/02/2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD

    Check back later

    • 02/29/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Phoenix

    More information coming soon

    • 03/07/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 222 E Monroe St Phx 85004


    More information coming soon

    • 03/15/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 2501 East Telawa Trail Phx 85016

    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

    Fee INCLUDES tax & tip

    602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 03/27/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 03/29/2020
    • 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, Javelina, 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 Javelina Group Site with Desert Adventures.

    Saturday is our 40th Anniversary Members Party & dinner. This is a separate event so be sure to register, even though you are camping. 

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

    Join us on Friday evening for dinner at Dillions. 

    We have paid for a maximum of 10 camping units. If we have more than 10 units, they will charge us an additional $200 which we are not budgeted for.

    This event is limited to 10 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.

    • 03/28/2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • 03/29/2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Chalky Springs Dr Peoria, AZ 85342



    • 04/10/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 04/12/2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • 3939 N Usery Pass Rd Mesa 85207


    More information coming soon

    • 04/25/2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 4800 W Gates Pass Rd Tucson 85745


    The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation.

    Founded in 1988, the museum highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe.  Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the animals found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals.

    Dioramas depicting wild animals in their natural settings, videos, interactive computers, and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation. Your visit is an excellent opportunity to see animals up close and gain a better understanding of their adaptive characteristics, habitats and conservation issues.

    Admission is:

    Adults: $10    Seniors (62 and over) & Military (with ID): $7

    It is approximately a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from central Phoenix to the museum. Plan to arrive 15 to 20 before 10:30 am to allow for parking, sign in and to purchase your ticket. The Museum has two wheelchairs available for visitor use at no charge.

    Event hosts can be contacted at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 05/09/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 16802 AZ-88 Apache Junction AZ 85119

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    Dolly Steamboat Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake

    Your ticket(s) will be purchased once you have paid & are non refundable. There is a limited amount of space, so don't wait.

    Dine in style and complete relaxation during this magical time of day. Observe Canyon Lake wildlife, like bighorn sheep and bald eagles, as they settle in for the evening. A twilight dinner cruise aboard the Dolly is an experience you’ll never forget. You get to enjoy a “Mark Twain” voyage while you relax and admire the breathtaking scenery, with a delicious meal. Beat the heat and dine with us on our air conditioned lower and upper decks. 

    There are 2 meal choices, Baron of Beef & Champagne Chicken or vegetarian. The meat option is served with parmesan roasted red potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dinner buffet includes: mixed field green salad, fresh dinner rolls and chef’s choice dessert.

    Price includes tax, tip and booking fees. Your ticket(s) will be purchased once you have paid and are non refundable. There is a limited amount of space, so don't wait.

    *All passengers must check in at ticket booth 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

    Your event hosts are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    Your ticket(s) will be purchased once you have paid and are non refundable. There is a limited amount of space, so don't wait.
    • 05/22/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 05/25/2020
    • 11:00 AM
    • Lynx Lake


    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/ 2 large dedicated tenting pads 

    There is room for 2 medium trailers & several pop-ups or small trailers. 

    You can arrive anytime after 1pm on Friday. We have the Peregrine group site, which is the 2nd group site in 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 Monday 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. We will have a coffee urn at the ramada for morning brew so bring your favorite mug. Sugar & powdered creamer will be available.

    On Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm, join us as we partake of the Friday Night Fish Fry at the nearby Lynx Lake Cafe. 

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

    • 05/23/2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 400 N Washington Ave Prescott 86301


    This one-hour expedition includes a tasting flight of some of the distillery’s fine craft spirits for each person. Choose from the following:

    Bloody Basin bourbon, Rodeo rye whiskey, Central Highlands single-malt whiskey, Gurley Street gin, Western Sage gin, Meyer lemon vodka, Premium vodka, Escalante dark rum.

    Starting with grains, herbs, and fruits grown by local farmers, the master distillers at Thumb Butte Distillery craft small-batch whiskey, gin, vodka, and dark rum. They team up with area farm families to create distinct strains of wheat, barley, and rye. The result is a stable of spirits that pay homage to the American West.

    There's the Rodeo Rye that sets fire to palates with the flavors of vanilla, pepper, and oak. The Western Sage Gin—winner of the 2015 silver metal at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition—balances the dessert flavor of sage with the aromatic licorice taste of fennel.

    Thumb Butte Distillery is located on the NW corner of Washington and Moeller in Prescott.    34.5472112,-112.4608852

    Your event hosts are Joe & Hans who can be contacted at: 

    or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 07/02/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 07/05/2020
    • 11:00 AM
    • Mt Lemmon Coronado NF AZ 85619

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    Thursday July 2nd thru Sunday July 5th

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

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

    A little different  this year as 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 10 vehicles. Carpooling is recommended. When we reach 10 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.

    2 days tenting: $39 per person for members, $44 per person for non-members 3 days tenting: $49 per person for members , $54 per person for non-members

    Saturday meal only is $10 member / $12 non-member


    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.

    • 09/10/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/13/2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • 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 Sites 2 & 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 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 sites we’ve reserved is for tenters.  If you have an RV, you need to reserve your own spot; check out 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.

    • 09/24/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/27/2020
    • 11:00 AM
    • Reynolds Creek Campground


    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 5 pm and will feature extra-lean burgers and grilled chicken. We gather around the eating area at 4:15 pm for appetizers & social, Please bring an appetizer to share. Sides & dessert will be provided

    Check out time on Sunday is 11 am

    The site features: 2 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.

    Check out the wine tour on Saturday. This is a separate event.

    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 event hosts are be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-7089691  (text only)

    • 09/26/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 47209 N Hwy 288 Young 85554


    Bruzzi Vineyard is located in scenic Young, Arizona. They grow a variety of vine crops including an assortment of grapes and produce.

    Check back soon as we are currently working with James for the wine tasting. We will be camping a few miles S at Reynolds creek so why not make it a weekend. If you are not into camping there are 2 Inns and a B&B in Young.

    James Bruzzi is the owner of Bruzzi Vineyard. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management, James has launched several business before his current venture ranging from coffee shops to landscaping. James loves to travel and also participates in recurring volunteer work in Haiti at every opportunity. James brings a passion for agriculture and customer service to lead the team at Bruzzi Vineyard.

    Event hosts can be contacted at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 10/30/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/01/2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • 33.644207, -111.045549

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    Any questions, Deby is your go to:

    Cell 505-553-2977  or

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