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Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2014
Crzy4AZ
Hiking0.10 Miles
Hiking0.10 Miles   7 Hrs      2.00 mph
   6 Hrs   57 Mns Break
 
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I spent 7 hours at The Gateway access TH finally doing the education and training to be a McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Steward!!!! I've wanted to do this since July 2007 when we took a guided tour with stewards to Brown's Ranch back when it was on State Land Trust. I couldn't get past all the training required and back then there were minimum number of commitment hours.

Now it's one day of basic trainig - then you get your Steward In-Training badge (and blue shirt of course). Afterwards to get full badge you need another 12 hours of MSC activities. Then there is no minimum amount of participation, and there are hundreds of activities each season that are bound to be interesting to someone. Some for indoor types - others for outdoor - hiking, biking, equestrian, lecturing, field institute, trail maintenance, etc. It's a gigantic organization now, and I was really impressed with their coordination and training program.

Today I was in Class 46 (Monsoon Madness) with long-time digital friend @Sun_Ray now known to me as Brian. My goodness he is tall. We sat at the same table and chatted away anytime there were breaks. He wrote on Instagram that it feels like we've known each other a long time from all the info exchanged here on HAZ. So true!

I was surprised about the Graduation Ceremony at the end (would have brought the kids if I had known -- they would have died of excitement), and really felt good to put on the blue shirt!! The Citizen Scientist program is just unbelievable, and I highly recommend that those on this site with interest in flora/fauna/geology who like to measure/collect/observe find a way to be a part of this brigade of free labor for local research projects. The number of projects is staggering and you get to go off trail (gasp!) to do all kinds of fun collecting and tagging.

This is the shortest triplog I've ever entered - the distance from the education room to the Amphitheatre for graduation - but it may be one of the most PROUD moments I've had as an Arizona hiker and lover of the McDowells since we moved here in 2003.
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