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The call of the great outdoors is irresistible to many, and in Southern Arizona you can count on nearly 300 sunny days per year. But venturing into the wilderness and exploring can mean entering into an extreme environment, where an injury can leave you stranded on a mountaintop or in the desert, hurt on a remote bike path, or severely dehydrated.
We have been enjoying some gorgeous weather here in Southern Arizona as of late, wouldn’t you agree? We all know, though, that these mild temperatures are fleeting so we best enjoy them while we can. With that in mind, here are five things you can (and should!) get outdoors and do before the mercury creeps up.
When Marana Mayor Ed Honea reaches the top of a ridge – often after hiking upwards of 10 miles – he takes a seat, peers out at the world below, and life falls into perspective.
William Wrightson, civil engineer and entrepreneur, was instrumental in Arizona gaining Territorial status in the mid-1800s.
While Marana resident Nicole Boyle was hiking though Madera Canyon back in October, she came across this ladybug gathering, which she estimated was about 2 million deep.
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During a trip to Madera Canyon, Harrison Elkins took a photo of a butterfly only to realize later that a crab spider was eating it. Typically, flower spiders, a specific type of crab spider, wait on a flowers and remain motionless for long periods of time until they ambush flower visitors such as butterflies, bees and flies.
Photos by Dave Perry, The Explorer
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Huge sycamores thrive, even when time, water and other forces have carved holes in their trunks.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, The high peaks of the Santa Rita Range were touched by clouds and rain on a recent Saturday. There was still color to be seen in the well-trailed range south of Tucson at mid-November.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Wild turkeys roam the canyon; these birds aren't on a Thanksgiving menu.
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