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Activities for November, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:45pm

England’s Coast-to-Coast Walk

Did you think that England was flat? That it rains all the time? Learn otherwise as AHTC members Cat Colby and Dan Rothman take you on a 195-mile hike (or “walk” as the English call it) across the country from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

The famous Wainright Coast to Coast Walk passes through beautiful mountain peaks and waters in the Lake District; rolling river valleys and farmlands in the Yorkshire Dales; and expansive heather plateaus and scenic woodlands in the North York Moors. Along the route, you’ll see postcard villages, famous historic landmarks, farms with seemingly never-ending stone walls, and stunning landscapes throughout. Not to mention the dramatic coastal cliffs on the west (St. Bees) and east (Robin Hood’s Bay) ends of the journey.

Cat and Dan will describe the hike itself, including preparation and provisions, as well as the logistics regarding travel, lodging and dining.  

Come and join us for a great combination of travel and trekking.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00am
Varies, but rewarding!
Mark Miller -, 623-640-5375
Nancy Spence -, 480-357-0996

Our segment: Black Mesa Trail in the Superstition Mountains.

The trail originates two miles from the First Water Trailhead and extends for three miles. We'll be trimming brush and cacti back from the trail using tools provided by the forest service. 

The event will start at 8AM at First Water Trailhead, where there will be an orientation and sign in. From there we will divide into several groups based on desired hiking length (5 to 9 miles) and hike to Black Mesa Trail, where we will begin the trail maintenance. We will return to First Water by 2PM for sign out, and to enjoy a lunch of sandwiches and drinks provided be the club.

Bring and/or wear: long sleeve shirt, sturdy gloves and hat. Also bring 3 liters of water and snacks to enjoy while working.

There will be a car pool lead by Don Mowry. Meeting place will be at the Holiday Inn at Country Club and US 60. Meet at 7AM leave at 7:15.

Please RSVP to one of the leaders by Thursday, Nov. 2

Last year we had a great success with two teams of hard-working people! Join us for this opportunity of exercise, camaraderie, and FUN, contributing and getting dirty while improving our own special hiking trail.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:00am
Regina Marie Miskewitz - 602-448-0684,

Meet at Tovrea Castle Visitor Center/Gift Shop at 8:45 AM. Address: 5025 East Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. There is good parking. Tour starts at 9 AM and will be ~ 2 hours.

COST: $15.00 a person. Contact the leader to reserve a place on this tour (limited to 12 individuals, first-come basis.) Payment is due as you reserve your spot, make checks payable to AHTC. Due to popular demand (the February 9, 2017 filled-up almost immediately after it was announced) we have added another tour date for this historic site visit here in the valley.

Have you ever wondered about the wedding-cake-like structure one sees when driving along the 202?? Then join us for a tour of Tovrea Castle and Cactus Gardens and get a first-hand look at the Castle and surrounding Cactus Gardens and Outbuildings as we learn about this unique and historic Phoenix landmark. Tovrea Carraro Society Docents will guide us back in time as they introduce us to the three families that homesteaded the land, designed and constructed the Castle and Cactus Gardens, and made the Castle their home while sharing interesting, fact-filled stories about the property and its history.

We are able to bring water on the tour as long as it is in a closed container. Photography is allowed; Flash photography is not permitted within the Castle.

For those interested, after the Tour, we will enjoy and early-lunch at Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical Garden.

This activity is currently full. Please contact leader if you'd like to be put on a waiting list in the event there is a cancellation.