Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

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  • There Are Many Ways To Help Our Veterans

    Carol L. Allen|Aug 1, 2023

    Editor's Note: Although there are many ways to help and honor our veterans, here is a summary (in no particular order) of some. Even though there are some ratings -- by letter -- below, this publication does not recommend any one above another; that is for individuals to decide. Some Top Choices Among Veterans Charities Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A) Who We Are: The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is the constant in a military family’s life: on the home front and during deployment, when t... Full story

  • On The Cover May 2023

    Carol L. Allen

    You - the people, the citizens, the patriots, the Americans - all are the wind beneath our country's wings. With your loyalty and support, our eagle flies free, unencumbered by a divided citizenry, destructive politics, and weak leadership. It is up to you: Be a strong wind beneath our country's eagle or let it falter and fall. This Memorial Day we salute those who did not let the eagle fall: our veterans. Be Heard! These are five ways to get help when you need it. Lake Powell, Lake Mead Rising... Full story

  • On The Cover July 2022

    Carol L. Allen

    This pontoon boat at Lake Pleasant displays a great combination: freedom to enjoy the outdoors and our waterways in particular. In the middle of June we celebrated Flag Day (June 14) and the birth of the U.S. Army (June 14, 1775). This month, of course, is Independence Day on July 4. All these are reminders of the good fortune we have to live in this country -- even with its flaws and shortcomings. The United States of America offers us opportunities to accomplish all we can be, and she needs... Full story

  • On The Cover April 2022

    Carol L. Allen

    This is worth celebrating: The Arizona Game & Fish Department's Outdoor Expo is back! After a two-year hiatus, the popular family friendly event returns. I am taking this as a sign that our past couple of years of restricted activities are finally coming to an end. I hope I am right and that we will be able to cheer on "normal", be it the new or otherwise. The Expo, in a sense, kicks off the spring season in the Southwest, and as you will note in this issue, the focus is on such great outdoor... Full story

  • Hall of Flame

    Carol L. Allen

    The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting was honored today [December 20, 2021] by a visit from Carol Allen and her daughter Chelle; Carol comes in every year at this time to commemorate another daughter, Rural Metro Firefighter/EMT Lisa "Spooky" Brookes-Haws, who passed on eight years ago today and who is memorialized with a brick in our Hall of Heroes (she got her nickname because she was born on Halloween):... Full story

  • American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

    Carol L. Allen|Sep 1, 2019

    Urge him/her to enter this contest and have a chance to win a scholarship. From VFW Auxiliary National Organization: 'Unwavering Support For Uncommon Heroes' Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary's Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. Publisher's Note - Consider joining one of your local veterans organizations. Who Is... Full story

  • On The Cover August 2019

    Carol L. Allen

    The bass tells this story well. It will be the target of some veterans and their pro-angler partners. Hopefully, all will enjoy this very special event that combines community involvement with gratitude to all our veterans for their service to our country. All this is encapsulated in an upcoming event that honors and remembers an outstanding man, a vet himself, and an avid fisherman. Read on to learn the details of the Ivan Nelson Veterans Fishing Classic on Sunday, Aug.25. To all participants... Full story

  • Arizona Game and Fish Seeks Nominations For Commission Awards

    Carol L. Allen

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for its 2019 Commission Awards. The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. There are 12 award categories (see list below). Nominations may include individuals, organizations, clubs, foundations or government agencies. Arizona Game and Fish Department employees are not eligible for nominati... Full story

  • On The Cover - July 2019

    Carol L. Allen

    As Margie Anderson says in her article "Walks with Water" in "Land Cruising", " Summer is tough when you live in the Valley. However, if you're up for a casual stroll and you go very early or very late in the day, there are some great places in and around Phoenix where you can take a pretty flat walk and be near water the whole time." Her photo of Arizona Falls on this month's cover is just one example of that refreshing idea. It is a wonderful 20-foot waterfall on the canal right in town (56th... Full story

  • On The Cover - June 2019

    Carol L. Allen

    As much as we all enjoy the Southwest and much of the year in Arizona, we do have to endure the soaring temperatures of summer for a few months. There are out-of-state "escape routes" such as San Diego, of course, but some of us choose to cool off in Arizona's high country instead. Places such as Flagstaff, Payson, Show Low, and Prescott are four examples of cooler places to visit at this time of year. The ultimate outdoors woman, Margie Anderson, suggests two hikes that offer a respite from the... Full story

  • Honoring Old Glory

    Carol L. Allen

    HONORING OLD GLORY -- In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Angie, if you use the vertical pic, please add the following text to the above portion. This poster commemorates the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917.... Full story

  • Lost Our Home Furkids

    Carol L. Allen|Jun 1, 2019

    1. Six-foot Adopt Me Leashes ADOPT ME Yellow Color Coded 2 4 6 Foot Padded Handle Dog Leash, $13.95 at Amazon 2. Hartz Pet Nursing Bottle for Newborn Animals, $6.63 at Amazon (need 5) 3. Miracle Nipple Mini (Mini 10-pack) includes Syringe, $38.95 at Amazon (need 1) 4. Etekcity Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Multifunction Weight Scale with Removable Bowl, 11 lb 5kg, $18.99 at Amazon (need 4) 5. RIOGOO Pet Heating Pad, Electric Heating Pad for Dogs and Cats Indoor Warming Mat with Auto Power Off... Full story

  • On The Cover - April 2019

    Carol L. Allen

    You already know our "cover girl", Margie Anderson (and thanks, John Anderson, for this great photo). She is the ultimate outdoors woman and an expert on fishing, hunting/shooting, hiking, wildlife (including birds), wild flowers, Arizona destinations — you name it. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have Margie as a regular contributor. Besides our appreciation of her knowledge and talent, others have recognized her as well: three times "Outdoor Writer of the Year" from Arizona Game & F... Full story

  • On The Cover - March 2019

    Carol L. Allen

    Thanks again to Bob Brown of Media Direction for the featured photo. The "cover girl" for this issue shows the form for fun in the water as the weather warms. Yes, it's boating season again in the Southwest, and the Lake Havasu Boat Show is the place to be to get a head start on what's new in craft and accessories this year. But wait; there's more! At Lake Pleasant, the second annual Lanterns at the Lake event is just around the corner. It's a beautiful and meaningful time to launch memories,... Full story

  • AZBW/WOT On The Cover - Boats Play A Big Role

    Carol L. Allen

    First, thanks to news@martinflory.com for the cover photo. Second, from kayaks to high-performance boats to fishing craft - and more - spring shows in the Southwest are starring all kinds of watercraft. Check out Downstream for events. AZBW/WOT March 2018 AZBW/WOT March 2018 Boats Play A Big Role - First, thanks to news@martinflory.com for the cover photo. Second, from kayaks to high-performance boats to fishing craft - and more - spring shows in the Southwest are starring all kinds of... Find... Full story

  • Carol L. Allen

    This is where to find the outdoor activities that will be taking place. You'll find boat shows, RV shows, camping, fishing, kayaking and more....  Website

  • ON THE COVER - Come To Cool Places

    Carol L. Allen

    This issue's photos and article from Margie Anderson highlight one of the "coolest" areas of our state: Payson and its nearby delights, including fascinating trails, water falls, cool pools, and well-known destinations such as the Tonto Natural Bridge. She reminds us all that we need not stay put in the Valley of the Sun all summer long. We have options. Wonderful, refreshing options! Land Cruising - Rainbow Bridge Gains Designation - The National Park Service has designated Rainbow Bridge a... Full story

  • We Highly Recommend This Place - Boat, Dine, Celebrate, Cool Off At The Watershed

    Carol L. Allen

    It's hard to believe, but yes, there is a lake and there are boats right in the middle of Tempe, Ariz. My husband and I were residents of this beautiful area, The Lakes, for four years and enjoyed every minute of our time there. Now, years later, we love returning to The Lakes with a special destination in mind: The Watershed restaurant. It is one of our favorites. Being lakeside, it is also a cool alternative for escaping the summer heat. Besides this great feature, you can enjoy modern... Full story

  • San Diego, CA - Yellowtail Derby 2017 Is A 'Reel' Success Story

    Carol L. Allen|Jul 1, 2017

    Another year and another successful Yellowtail Derby has ended with awards going to these winners: Harry Okuda, overall (49 lb.-11.2 oz. yellowtail); Mike Mooradian, second place overall (41 lb.-.8 oz. yellowtail), and Laurie Chambliss, third place overall (34 lb. yellowtail). The winners were honored at the Bali Hai Restaurant, Shelter Island, San Diego, Calif. This concluded the ninth annual YTD, which had 118 anglers competing in the derby.... Full story

  • RV's From The Past

    Carol L. Allen|Jun 1, 2017

    Today, the 2017 versions of recreational vehicles, camping and diving equipment are a far cry from these early versions. We have progressed to the stage of "near-luxury" in all of these products for enjoying the outdoors. But, are we having more fun? We may be safer, faster, and better looking, but my guess is that that the folks shown in these photos were loving the chances they had to be with nature - maybe even more so because less was done for them (think electronically) and they had more... Full story

  • ON THE COVER - Happy First, Happy Fourth

    Carol L. Allen

    Having lived in Canada for over two decades, I like to add its early July holiday (Canada Day, July 1) to the celebrations I enjoy for my native land on Independence Day, July 4. Happy Birthday to these two wonderful countries that remain good neighbors and friends. About Canada Day Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British Nort... Full story

  • Phoenix, AZ - Lost Our Home Pet Rescue Welcomes Emily Vivian

    Carol L. Allen, AZBW WOT Editor|Jun 1, 2017

    WELCOME -- Please join us in welcoming Emily Vivian to the Lost Our Home Pet Rescue family! Emily will manage the volunteer program, adoption events, and our foster program.... Full story

  • AZBW / WOT Editorial Calendar 2017

    Carol L. Allen

    JANUARY: AYC Birthday Regatta and Leukemia Cup AZGFD Awards Banquet Great Canadian Picnic LA Boat Show San Diego Sunroad Boat Show FEBRUARY: Arizona Game & Fish Expo Bass Master Cruising Season Groundhog Day Mardi Gras Presidents’ Day Valentine’s Day MARCH: Ash Wednesday Dana Point Festival of Whales Daylight Savings Time Dragon Boat Festival Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show - Long Beach - San Diego International Sportsmen’s Expo and Arizona Boat Show Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Saint... Full story

  • On The Cover May 2017 - So Many Watersports, So Little Time

    Carol L. Allen

    If one were to fill a "bucket list" with all the Watersports he or she would like to try, it would no doubt overflow. Have you ever stopped to consider how many ways - besides traditional boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing, and swimming - there are to enjoy the water. Starting just with categories, we have "in the water (e.g., snorkeling and water polo), "on the water (e.g., cable skiing, body boarding)", "under water (e.g., diving and spear fishing)", to name just a few. That list... Full story

  • Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

    LOH Presents New Pet Parent Dog Behavior Seminar

    Carol L. Allen, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue|May 1, 2017

    You've just adopted your new best friend, now what? There is so much to learn! Where do you start? Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is offering a free Pet Parent seminar at the shelter to help answer those questions. Our amazing trainer, Dennis Miner from Omega Dog Training volunteers his time at Lost Our Home to work with some of our more challenging dogs and he also provides training and guidance to staff and volunteers. What each seminar will cover: • How animals learn, • Effective... Full story

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