Celebrate Spring At Arizona Trails Day


Maureen Walsh is the contact person for information about the Arizona Trails Day celebration tomorrow, April 27, in Pine.

Maureen Walsh is the contact person for information about the Arizona Trails Day celebration tomorrow, April 27, in Pine. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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It’s been quite a whirlwind lately; these last few months have been anything but calm. It’s good to be back in the serenity of nature enjoying a magical Pine day. Richard and I sat on the deck on Sunday with a front row view of Strawberry Mountain, hoping to catch sight of the eight elk that passed by earlier in the morning. A slight breeze was blowing as we watched the squirrels and birds swoop and scamper about the feeders and trees.

If you haven’t been to our neck of the woods lately, springtime is a lovely time to visit the P/S area in Arizona’s beautiful Rim Country. Take a drive up Highway 87 and you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous display of nature’s spring wardrobe. The wildflower cover on the sides of the highway and strewn across the desert landscape is truly magnificent. Don’t forget your camera.

I’m really looking forward to all the events coming up in the next few months, and want to share them with you in case you want to join in. You’ll find them right here every Friday in the Payson Roundup P/S Happenings column.

Arizona Trails Day

Get yourself a good night’s rest and hit the road bright and early tomorrow, Saturday, April 27, for the Second Annual Arizona Trails Day with great activities the entire family will enjoy.

Last year’s inaugural Arizona Trails Day was a great success. People had fun and connected with nature and each other — making it a memorable experience for all who participated.

Here is the schedule and details regarding the hikes on April 27:

Begin the day at 8 a.m. at the ramada at Pine Community Center for a guided bird watching hike. This is about a one-hour hike that will teach you about our local permanent and migrating birds.

Meet at the Pine Trailhead parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for a trail building class from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will have the unique opportunity to work with the U.S. Forest Service in this hands-on class to teach trail building. Bring gloves.

At 10 a.m. there will be hiking with the llamas. This is an approximately 3-mile round trip, 2-hour moderate to difficult hike on the Loop Trail accompanied by llamas from the Ranch at Fossil Creek.

At 10:45 a.m. the Bradshaw Meadows hike will begin, an approximate 3.5-mile round trip, 2.5-hour moderate to difficult hike following the Arizona Trail.

At 1 p.m, hike the new trail in Pine, an approximately 2-hour, 3.5-mile round trip and fairly easy hike of the completed section of a new trail.

There will be information and demonstrations offered throughout the day by various organizations including the Gila County Mounted Posse, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Arizona Trail Association, U.S. Forest Service and many more. The main location is the ramada area at the Pine Community Center at 3916 N. Hwy. 87 in Pine.

Note: If hiking, you need to bring your own water, hiking footwear, sun protection and any additional items you feel necessary to safely participate.

For further information, please contact maureen.walsh@edwardjones.com or call (928) 476-6427.

National Day of Prayer

The 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer will be observed across the country on May 2. The First Baptist Church of Pine will have a Pastor’s Breakfast at the church at 7:30 a.m. The community is invited, but are asked to please contact the church by calling (928) 476-3552 so they will know how many are coming and can prepare a sufficient amount of food.

P/S Community Center Thrift Store

The local thrift shop has lowered prices on all adult clothing and additionally is sponsoring a great raffle. You could win a new picnic cooler that holds 10 pounds of ice, eating accessories, and a picnic quilt donated by the local quilting group the Strawberry Patchers.

Tickets are just $1 each or seven for $5. The drawing for the lucky winner will be held on July 6.

Come in from May 1 to May 4 for Western Days. Adult shirts will be $3 each and children’s and junior sizes are $1.

Also buy one book at 50 percent off and get two books free. Furniture and VHS tapes will also be 50 percent off.

Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. For donation pickups call (928) 476-4633.

Proceeds support services for seniors in the P/S area.

Let me know about other upcoming events; e-mail me at haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (928) 310-0884.

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