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Hiking, exploring nature and enjoying fresh air. Discuss outdoor activities with your neighbors.

 

Profile Photo: A group of hikers look over a sign on the Nature Trail identifying peaks across the valley. Photo by Bill Hill

Banner Photo: Hikers always enjoy this rock outcropping on the Nature Trail portion of Madera Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains. Photo by Bill Hill 

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Free money. No, really.

I met recently with BAJA, the people who have run the winter softball leagues. They're a lot more than that. For the first time, they're looking at granting money to youth sports organizations. Here's the story link, and included is the grant form. Know a group? Here's where to send them: 

https://www.gvnews.com/sahuarita/baja-looks-to-make-grants-to-youth-sports/article_0b4a5be0-1e9d-11ed-a025-9fe1e93c57a9.html

 

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What a shot

Love this photo by Connie O'Malley, taken in Canoa Ranch. 

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Not your typical lawn game

Dave Ellringer — a past national champ — competes at the U.S. National Kubb Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, this month. His team finished third out of 128 teams.
Dave Ellringer — a past national champ — competes at the U.S. National Kubb Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, this month. His team finished third out of 128 teams.

If you are searching for a new hobby and like to get outdoors and be social, the Scandinavian lawn game kubb may be the game for you.

With ties to the Vikings, the game is a cross between horseshoes, bowling, bocce and chess. It involves throwing wooden batons (kastpinnar) and knocking over all of the opposing team’s kubb blocks.

There's even a past national champion that organizes a weekly kubb gathering in the area that can show you what the game is all about.

Here are the kubb rules and advice from Big Game Hunters.

Want to play?

Contact Dave Ellringer at ringer@usa.net

IF kubb isn't for you, or if you're looking to expand your lawn game repertoire, here are 10 popular lawn games from Popular Mechanics. 

What is your favorite game to play with friends and family?

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Milestone on the mountain top

George and Anna Jones have seen this breathtaking view on Mount Wrightson 600 times. They marked the occasion May 14. (George and Anna Jones photo)
George and Anna Jones have seen this breathtaking view on Mount Wrightson 600 times. They marked the occasion May 14. (George and Anna Jones photo)

George and Anna Jones of Green Valley have scaled Mount Wrightson a remarkable 600 times in 15 years. 

What began as a way to get outdoors and exercise soon became a passion for the couple, who have also scaled hundreds of peaks in Southern Arizona. 

Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun intern Christian Alexander Alvarado talks with the couple about their latest milestone and love of hiking. 

If you're interested in exploring the many hiking trails in the area, I put together an interactive map with 20 hiking trails in the Green Valley-Sahuarita area.

Screenshot of the interactive map. Click on the hyperlink above to view.
Screenshot of the interactive map. Click on the hyperlink above to view.

What are some of your favorite hiking trails in the area?