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Flagstaff Trailheads: Celebrate the Arizona Trail

Flagstaff Trailheads: Celebrate the Arizona Trail

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The Arizona Trail will be celebrated for the extraordinary achievement of reaching the goal of a totally connected passageway through our state at the Buffalo Park Ramada on Saturday. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Flagstaff is described as Arizona's premier gateway community for the trail and everyone is invited to attend the exciting celebration. Please join us and show your support for this amazing track that now covers over 800 miles of our Arizona landscape.

There will be live music from the Diamond Down String Band, a memorial tribute to Dale Shewalter and a raffle with fantastic prizes. An outdoor gear swap, bikepacking demonstrations plus free maps, informational booths, and a walk/hike to the Arizona Trail's new southern access on and off McMillian Mesa.

And this is just the Saturday activity of an inspiring trifecta that will feature an Arizona Trail talk by thru-hiker Sirena Dufault. It's a photo tour of her recent two and half month adventure. The date is Friday starting at 8 p.m. at the new Eddie Bauer location on 19 S. Regent St. in Flagstaff.

On Sunday there will be a showing of the film "Unbranded" at the Orpheum Theater. This stirring documentary starts at 7 p.m. and is a moving epic that follows four men as they ride free range mustangs from Mexico to Canada.

And to broaden the Arizona Trail conversation in regard to Flagstaff, there will be a meeting about the McMillian Mesa/Buffalo Park segment of this prominent trail route through our city. The date is Monday, Sept. 21 in the Adult Center at 6 p.m. We'll be looking for your ideas and suggestions for the promotion of Switzer Mesa as the outdoor recreational heart of the city of Flagstaff.

Let's all work hard to keep our discussion on subject and inside the realm of the possible. Esoteric dialog, while sometime entertaining won't contribute very much to these considerations. Being civil at every conversational twist and turn will be wholly supported.

And on a different subject, it's time once again for the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (they're a part of the Flagstaff Transportation Commission) fall walk series. It's called "Flagstaff Walks" and this year will feature Geologist Marie Jackson, the author of "Stone Landmarks: Flagstaff Geology and Historic Buildings." Marie will lead a downtown meander exploring differing aspects of her book. The date is Sunday, Sept. 20 and will start at 9 a.m. from the Pedestrian Advisory Committee's booth in the Farmer's Market next to City Hall.

The following week, Sunday, Sept. 27, Community Design and Redevelopment Manager Karl Eberhard will use the Flagstaff Public Art Map as a guide and lead a walk through our downtown. This trek will also start from the PAC booth in the Farmer's Market at 9 a.m.

For a complete schedule of all the "Flagstaff Walks" events, check out the Pedestrian Advisory Committee's website. And if you enjoy good food please join us for the Progressive Breakfast Walk on Thursday, Oct. 1, starting from the Bus Transfer Station on Phoenix Avenue. The epicurean amusements begin at 8 a.m. And don't forget to bring some money!

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