Tag: hiking

A hiking story that inspires

Judith Kuse The heat of summer often results in a slower pace of life. This is true whether it’s the extreme heat of an Arizona summer or a warm summer day at a northern lake. On these lazy days, many indulge themselves in leisure reading, and booklovers can be heard asking, “Can you recommend a…

And the award goes to…

  Judith Kuse It’s a Sun Lakes Hiking Club annual tradition to bestow awards on deserving members at its year-end picnic. This year was no exception. While members were gathered at Oasis Park for a potluck lunch in late March, the SLHC leadership made its official and unofficial presentations. In the “official” category, the Sunshine…

Tis the season

  Judith Kuse Spring has sprung here in Arizona, and summer is fast approaching. It’s rattlesnake season. Hikers, be on the lookout. Snakes are out of their winter haunts enjoying the sun’s warmth. As you hike during the next months, keep this information in mind. Thirteen species of rattlesnakes reside in Arizona. Rattlesnakes are identified…

There’s an Arizona hike for everyone!

  Judith Kuse My friend Dave has been heard to declare, “There’s an Arizona for everyone,” in reference to the variety of housing possibilities for retirees who plan to move here seasonally or permanently. Indeed, options abound — rentals, condominium neighborhoods, RV campgrounds, mobile home parks, apartments, ranches, gated communities. I’d amend that declaration to…

Hiking safely in the desert

Judith Kuse Hiking in the desert calls for good preparation and a keen sense of one’s capabilities. Hydration is of utmost importance. Drink a liter of water one to two hours before hiking. Carry one liter of water per hour you plan to hike, especially when it’s hot or you’re hiking at a higher altitude.…

Hiking Club picnic features hiking tips from leaders

Judith Kuse On November 10, SLHC members and potential members gathered at Oasis Park in Sun Lakes I for the opening picnic. All were treated to a bountiful smorgasbord of fried chicken, salads, casseroles and desserts. After lunch, leaders of the club shared their advice for successful hiking. The list of safety tips-in-a-nutshell follows: Choose…

Hiking season is almost here

Cadillac North Ridge Trail in Acadia National Park, Maine

Judith Kuse As October brings us ever closer to the onset of the Sun Lakes Hiking Club’s official season, it’s also time for a book recommendation. This book, a true story, will likely whet your appetite for upcoming hiking and exploration, and will certainly entertain those of you who are, or have ever been, in…

How I spent my summer vacation

Stillwater, Minnesota, hike

Judith Kuse Sun Lakes Hiking Club members were recently asked to recommend memorable summer hikes they’ve taken in locales outside of the Valley of the Sun. These hikes may be of interest to those who return to the northern states or Canada for the summer, plan to vacation away from the Phoenix area during the…