Scottsdale Development

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Scottsdale Development

Development vs. Progress?

Scottsdale Development: Visitors to Scottsdale, Arizona are usually quick to learn of the cities pride in maintaining natural desert open space and most particularly the McDowell Mountain Preserve in East Scottsdale. The iconic McDowell Mountains keep watch over the city like a dutiful sentry and are capped by the well known Tom’s Thumb rock formation. Crisscrossed throughout the area are miles and miles of hiking trails.

At the upper most Northern area of Scottsdale visitors will find the Brown’s Ranch park. This is relatively a new park within the Scottsdale City park system and hiking/biking trails are continually being opened here. Brown’s ranch is a wide open natural desert space with several mountains dotting the area. Brown’s mountain, in fact, takes hikers to the same elevation as the highest trail point on Pinnacle Peak Park.

Now that you have a sense of the area here is the reason for todays blog. The area around Brown’s ranch is under attach once again by developers looking to develop the area surrounding Legend Trails (far North Scottsdale). A proposed change to the Scottsdale Master plan has been made and is far reaching. Known as 19-ZN-2014 the amendment would include a patchwork of development surrounding the Legend Trails community all the way back to the Scottsdale Rd. and Happy Valley Rd. intersection and would include residential homes, commercial real estate, and resort real estate.

Whether you are for it or against it what we try to do is let our readers know of it. You can make up your own minds. You can call the city for more details and give them the 19-ZN-2014 application number. The amendment will go through a round of committee review before coming up to the full review and possibly on the a recommendation to the city council. If you choose to, you can send in a letter to the city and they will include it in the packet that is reviewed by the committee. Make sure to include the application number 19-ZN-2014.

Know what is happening in your area. It DOES effect your real estate values one way or the other, especially if you are figuring out how to sell your house fast. Pay attention to those sign posts that pop up on vacant land. Attend the committee meeting when they happen. Getting involved after is too late. If you can’t attend, maybe your HOA can send a representative and report back to your membership.

Know this. Once our beautiful open desert is developed it is gone for good. Scottsdale is known for our open space. It is a huge draw for residents and visitors alike. Many have worked very hard over the years to maintain the little space left. Let’s keep it open. Scottsdale Development

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Scottsdale: Pinnacle Peak Park Hiking

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Pinnacle Peak

Hiking at Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale, Arizona

Hike along with me on the Pinnacle Peak Park Trail.

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You can access the Pinnacle  Peak Park trail from Alma School and Jomax roads. Go West on Jomax past the Pinnacle Peak Patio just before the back gate to the Estancia community turn left into the park.

The park closes at dusk. Park times are posted at the entrance. Park volunteers begin to clear the trail from the West side of the trail. They begin, typically, 45 min. before closing. Don’t get caught after closing with your car still in the parking lot or get a fine.

Want to participate even more in the trail? Join Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park. An all volunteer organization to support the trail and the maintenance of the trail. Over a quarter million people use the trail each  year. That takes its toll. Many organizations participate in maintaining the trail. Near and dear to my heart are the Eagle Scout Projects held at the park. So many, in fact, that a new plaque designated to those scouts who held their project on the trail will be installed this fall (2013). If/when you see a volunteer, thank them. they work  hard to keep the trail open and working for you.

Enjoy the video and the view.


Pinnacle Peak Park and Trail

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Isolated Thunderstorm In Scottsdale

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Scottsdale, Arizona Isolated Thunderstorm

What does an isolated thunderstorm look like in Scottsdale, Arizona?

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Take a look below. This photo was taken from Pinnacle Peak Park July 24th, 2013. There were three isolated thunderstorms that I could see from this spot. One to the East, one to the North (in photo), and one to the North West. The storm you are looking at was coming South toward Pinnacle  Peak as it crossed over Carefree, Arizona, through the community of Legend Trails then Troon North before finally reaching Estancia and Pinnacle Peak.

It was fascinating to watch the progression. And, yes I got wet. It was fast moving and  had no lighting thought. This is just one of many evening thunderstorms that have popped up due to the moisture from the gulf region heating up by afternoon and releasing in the valley.

Photo taken from iPhone 4, so it will be a smaller image.

Visit Pinnacle Peak Park

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Hiking Scottsdale

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Hiking Scottsdale

Tips for Scottsdale Mountains

Hiking Scottsdale: local mountains is a common outdoor pastime here in scottsdale. We are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful mountains protected within one of the countries largest preserves. The preserve is full of moderate to difficult hiking paths. There is one for every level of fitness.

Here are just a few tips I’ve learned from my years of hiking both with family and as a volunteer with my son’s Boy Scout Troop.

Start with the obvious:
1) Let someone know where you will be and when you plan on returning. Stick to this plan.

2) Take plenty of water. Dehydration sneaks up on even the most experienced hiker. Symptoms can be dry lips, puffy hands (your internal organs are trying to pull water in toward them), and headache. If you are no longer sweating it can be a very serious sign. Drink water even if you think you don’t need to.

3) Know where you are going. Take a map. Know the trail. Know how long it should take you to hike the trail. Dont get caught out in the desert at night unprepared.

4) Dont hike alone. Hike with a buddy of similar fitness level to make it more fun.

Additional tips:
1) Wear proper hiking shoes. I like shoes that are ankle high. They support the ankle better (personal preference).

2) Shoes that have a harder sole (some brands call it Vibram sole). This will help your feet to NOT feel every stone you step on. Over time you will be less tired. Don’t loosen your shoe laces on the trail. Wait until you are done hiking. Your feet will swell.

3) Get shoes that are as light as possible. Weight below your knees can make you more tired and after miles of hiking you might feel like your shoes are bricks. Keep them light.

4) Depending upon the terrain, use hiking sticks. They help take pressure off of your knees, they help keep your balance, and help both going up or down the trail. Get light poles. As light as you can afford. Over time, these too can feel very heavy.

5) Wear a hat. Again, this can help reduce water loss and keep the sun off of your face. Scottsdale can experience 4% humidity. This makes hotter temperatures feel… well… not as bad. But, it will sneak up on you.

6) When walking a trail, be careful of loose gravel. It is easy to loose your footing. Trail wind and water erosion and use can degrade the trail. If erosion runs down the center of the trail, loose gravel may accumulate in the center. Walk to the outside.

7) There are many trailheads to the Sonoran preserve. Utilize them. Get a map. Plan your hike.

8) Take a small first aid kit with you. A fall on the trail and you may need a large bandage or some wrap or an aspirin. Be prepared.

9) Take a protein bar or snack with you. It is easy to have your sugar levels drop along with your water lose. Stop and take a bit.

Most of all, enjoy.  I like to hike towards a goal, like a perfect place to do some archery, for example. Ever since I read the The Best Compound Bows of 2018: The Definitive Guide (In-Depth Reviews) – I take my bow with me on hikes and practice from epic vantage points, send an arrow flying and then that’s my new goal to hike to. Our trails are well maintained and can take you to some breath taking views of our valley. Try different times of the year to check out different lighting. Don’t forget your camera.

Enjoy Scottsdale Hiking Trails

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Arizona Game & Fish Department

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Arizona Game and Fish

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is having a fantastic FREE event this weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting complex in North Phoenix. This is fun for adults and kids alike. There is plenty to see AND do. I visited yesterday and was able to test several different shotguns as I tried my luck at Trap shooting. Afterwords the crowd was treated to a great show of trick shooting and experts answered all gun related questions. Then it was on to see the fish in the large portable fish tank that allowed the crowd to see the fish from all sides. Other critters included 13 different Arizona rattle snakes, lizards, raptors (hawks), owls, turtles and much more.
The event is still going on today (Sunday) until 4p.m. I suggest that you grab the family and head out for a day of fun (I only described a fraction of it here).

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