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Checking out the great outdoors

Arizona's natural beauty
GALLERY : Sunrise and Sunset in Southern Arizona
Posted at 7:55 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 10:55:59-04

Getting out of the house may seem limited, due to worldly circumstances; however, we do still have the ability to get some fresh air. Lucky for us, the 48th state has a whole lot to offer. Here are a few quick tips to make the most of your future explorations.

Starting with an app

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You know you want to get outside, but where? Well, there’s an app that can help you with that.

All Trails—FREE on iPhone and Android—helps you discover the best hiking, biking, and running trails based on your location. The app offers thousands of trail maps, reviews, and photos—crowdsourced from users just like you.

Gearing up

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Now that you’ve had help with knowing where to go, do you have the appropriate attire?

There are three ways to go, locally owned: Summit Hut, National Co-Op: REI, or delivered straight to your door: Amazon. I prefer one of the first two since I like knowing that my money is going straight to the local economy or getting cash back on my purchases. All three of these stores have exceptional gear from clothing, hiking sticks, flasks, sunglasses, sunscreen and more, for those of us looking to get our adventure pallet wet.

Worth a thousand words

GALLERY : Sunrise and Sunset in Southern Arizona
Tonight's southwest sunset with the monsoon. More at gerrycosta.com

We all want to get that perfect picture for social media as a memento on our hikes. So don’t forget your cell phone and if you’re looking for a lens to attach to it, or even a gimbal, I highly recommend a company called Moment. They sell several professional-quality lenses for far less than a DSLR camera would cost. Or you can also find equipment—like tripods—at all three stores mentioned earlier. Note: please take your selfies/photos at appropriate times and in the proper areas, to not put yourself or others in danger.