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April 30th, 2013 - Peggy-755976 said:

So sorry I couldn't make it. I hope you all had a WONDERFUL time!

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April 26th, 2013 - Michael-76823 said:

Diamondbacks game was great! Temp right around 80 with a nice breeze and great company with the 10 of us there!

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April 24th, 2013 - Allen-311949 said:

Tomorrow!!! Except for the flying part, very excited.

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April 23rd, 2013 - Michael-76823 said:

5... 4... 3...

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April 23rd, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

We have 16 people confirmed for attending CM Phx in the Spring! They are: John, Michael, Joan, Therese, Dan, Sherry, Janet, Debbie, Casey, Peggy, Brenda, Allen, Bev, Liz and Joyce...plus me.

If your name is not on this list, and you want to join the group, PLEASE, I must hear from you asap! Thank you.

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April 22nd, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

There are a number of people who listed themselves as "interested" or "attending" the event, who have not answered my messages. I don't do last-minute very well, so please write me asap to let me know what your intentions are. It may be too late to add you to the Jeep tour if that's what you were interested in......

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April 19th, 2013 - Michael-76823 said:

One week away! and with the two-plus feet of snow 'round here in the last week, a most welcome respite! See y'all soon!

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April 17th, 2013 - Casey-637092 said:

Therese and I are so fortunate to be able to attend this Event . Lina , Thank you for an outstanding job of coordinating . So excited to meet many new friends and to build new friendships ,knowing that we all have a wonderful faith that connects us . See all of you soon. Love you all :) Casey

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March 30th, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

Less than a month away now! A number of people are on the guest list here who have not contacted me yet regarding their decisions (Steps 1, 2, etc). The Jeep tour is the next deadline of April 1st (as well as the hotel discount). Jeep or State Park? Write and let me know!

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March 23rd, 2013 - John-34848 said:

The trip to France sounds quite special too. Oh well, we will miss you in the desert!

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March 22nd, 2013 - Michael-76823 said:

35 days to go! See you there!

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March 19th, 2013 - Paul-866591 said:

My daughter's birthday is the 26th. She would never forgive me if I were not here for it.

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March 18th, 2013 - Jem-889843 said:

Unfortunately I am not be able to attend . I previously booked a show to watch Reba and it's Friday night April 26 .

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March 15th, 2013 - Lisa-572677 said:

Lurking! And enjoying reading about my home away from home! I've made maybe 7 trips to Sedona in the last 10+ years. I mostly go to hike. I like the local parish and Fr. Jamie. My last trip was over New Years. I won't be making it out to join you all (my next flight will likely be to CA for my son's wedding).

If you are pressed for time and headed straight to the Coffee Pot, you might want to jump off I-17 at the Cottonwood exit and avoid the many, many roundabouts. Don't get me wrong, they are very nice along with the new 4-lane road, but you'll be driving through a lot congestion only to end up in West Sedona.

The end of April should be the perfect time to catch the desert blooming! Red Rock State Park is educational but it does not have the best views of the Red Rocks. Cathedral Rock is on around the same road loop with much prettier views. Actually, it's the most famous view! Bell Rock is flat hiking, great in milder temps like April, and had the most blooms when I was there one year in May. From the Coffee Pot, a good second stop in up to the airport which is on top of the mesa and provides spectaculars views. Many people go there to watch the sunset.

The place in Oak Creek Canyon which Lina picked for lunch is my personal favorite! The food is fresh, upscale and reasonable! I love sitting out back. There's shopping there, too - a few souvenirs in the market and a beautiful, expensive Indian jewelry store adjoining.

I am a bit worried that you all will feel rushed at the Chapel of the Holy Cross as it closes at 5. I could be wrong, but it takes a bit of time to get there and walk up to it. There's a wonderful gift shop below. Speaking of walking, count on the dirty red rock dust if you do any hiking at all.

Taliesin West should be wonderful! There's also good, tame and educational hiking at McDowell in Scottsdale. I am looking forward to hearing what a wonderful you all have!

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March 12th, 2013 - Beverly-649723 said:

Tricia-Thanks for spearheading the Taliesen West tours. I hope I'm not stepping on your toes, but I wanted to know more information about the Tour costs, so I phoned them today about Senior Discount rates and Group

Tour Rates. Here is what I found out from "Laurie", at the Group Tour desk:

1. She recommended tickets be purchased online at Zerve at least 3 WEEKS in advance of tour date for late April.

2. She advised taking tours before 10am, as the late-April heat can be 90*+.

3. If purchasing tickets online through Zerve, she said tickets are $32 general admission, and $28 for Seniors, 60 and above (yay Allen--you can save $4!)

4.If the group would like to get the Group tour rate, the fee structure is as follows, and would need to be done at least 3 weeks in advance:

The 90 minute Insights Tour is based on a guaranteed price based on 15 people @ $26/person ($390) plus any tip the group wants to give. If only 10 people show up, the price is still $390. If ALL the tour people are 60 and over, then the price is based on $22/person ($330) plus tip BUT if only 10 people show up, they will check our id's to be sure each attendee is 60 or older!

5. The "Private Tour" is the regular Insights 90 min. tour with a Senior Guide, and requires 2 persons minimim for $175. Up to 6 people of any age may go on this tour, and persons #3-6 are charged at $25/each. That would make a total of $275 for 6 people ($46/person) plus tip.

6. If a group tour of any kind needs to be reserved, please email "Donna" at dweaw@franklloydwright.org.

Hope this helps others interested in this activity make decisions and reservations! Counting down the weeks until we all meet!! Bev

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March 12th, 2013 - Allen-311949 said:

I know the locals are suggesting that tennis/walking shoes will be ok, but I have hiking shoes; so that's what I will bring for Sedona. I'll have walking shoes for the rest. I have diabetes and MS, so I prefer the most support possible when walking/hiking.

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March 11th, 2013 - John-34848 said:

I'm arriving on April 23. I would be interested in going to Taliesin West on the Friday. I think one tour would be good for me, so the 10am tour sounds good. I'm going to a hockey game on Wed evening and then hope to join with some other CM'ers at the Thurs evening baseball game. Does anyone know if there is a church near the hotel with a daily Mass?

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March 11th, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

I don't use hiking shoes for regular/easy hikes. In Sedona, I'll just wear tennies--I think they'll be sufficient.

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March 11th, 2013 - Allen-311949 said:

I will be hiking in Red Rocks on Saturday. After 1 1/2 hours in a car, I don't think I could spend another 2 hours in a jeep. I am looking for something to do Friday during the day and Taleisin West sounds good; but I also might want to try and meet an old classmate who lives in Phoenix.

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March 10th, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

I'll be recruiting local CMers to help out with the driving. My car fits 5 total. Others have volunteered already. When we are nearer the event, I'll start working out this matter....

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March 10th, 2013 - Sherry-939230 said:

Will we rent the cars? :)

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March 10th, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

Those who select to go to the State Park instead of a Jeep tour will choose amongst themselves what to do once in the park. I've not been there, but the website describes a number of opportunities while there. And if a car of people want to do the Long Canyon hike instead of either park or Jeep, that's fine too! It's just the transportation logistics that needs to be worked out with the group. So far, it looks like we'll need 3 cars to fit everyone in.

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March 10th, 2013 - Sherry-939230 said:

Okay,so probably not a Friday thing. Red Rock State Park on Saturday...do we hike? I wasn't sure from the posts what exactly the agenda is for that and what we will be doing there. Just thought I'd throw out the Long Canyon Trail idea. And..when do you need to know about our preferences for meals, etc? Probably sooner than later, right? Hope to get to that this coming week. I am so excited about this trip! Thank you once again for your work in bringing this all together.

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March 10th, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

Sherry, the Long Canyon Trail is right there in Sedona, where the group will be on Saturday--just over 2hrs away from Scottsdale.

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March 10th, 2013 - Sherry-939230 said:

I too am arriving Thursday, about 5:00 pm and leaving early Monday. Hope to go for a hike/walk on Friday. Has anyone in the Phoenix area heard of the Long Canyon Trail near Sedona? It's a 6 mile round trip easy hike and sounds like a wonderful red rock walk! I just read about it in January's Arizona Highways magazine. I haven't checked out just how far from Phoenix it is but sounds like a possibility if anyone else is interested.

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March 8th, 2013 - Dan-882797 said:

It's nice to see that so many people are planning to arrive on Thursday. I hope most of the local people will be able to join in early as well. The long weekend sounds really exciting. Lina, thanks for the terrific job getting us all organized. John, don't worry about the tan, most of us aren't too far ahead of you in the winter months. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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March 7th, 2013 - Michael-76823 said:

I, too, am flying in on Thursday morning, backpack and I arrive at 10:41 am.

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March 7th, 2013 - Allen-311949 said:

I should be flying in on Thursday morning and leaving early Monday. I can't wait for what looks to be a fun-filled weekend and to meet many new friends and a couple old friends as well. Thank you Lina for all your hard work in putting this together. Can't wait to meet all of you.

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March 6th, 2013 - John-34848 said:

Thanks for the kind words, Patricia. the warm weather is certainly enticing, but the real attaction is the opportunity to meet fellow CM'ers. I hope other Canadians join the group. Regardless, I'll be in a minority...no tan!

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March 6th, 2013 - John-34848 said:

I'm really looking forward to this event. It sounds like a great get-away weekend plus a chance to meet so many fine CM people!

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March 2nd, 2013 - Danyel-948542 said:

my mom would never let me go to this,she'd freak out! especially since I'm on alot of medication for life threatening grandmal seizures,I haven't had any seizures for almost 4 years now and I believe God is healing me,but I might get weaned off some medication this year if my neurologist okays it,this sounds like alot of fun though and definately interested in going even though I just joined this site almost a week ago and no one on catholic match knows me and the only problem I have is transportation to fly there since i don't drive and my mom would never let me fly alone and never be interested in going with me since I'm the first in my family to have become catholic.she's afraid that if she attends a catholic church then she'll be considered catholic and I told her it doesn't work like that and she just doesn't seem to understand.also I have no catholic friends here in florence oregon and alot of my friends are really busy with work,another problem for me is all my income goes toward my rent and bills so I have no money to buy a plane ticket to go there.

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March 2nd, 2013 - Kevin-571492 said:

What a wonderful event! Thanks for doing so much planning Lina. If my parents weren't visiting that weekend I would attend for sure. We actually did a day trip to Sedona the last time they visited and loved it.

Suggestion: I saw in the discussion thread that someone suggested a comedy show. Jesterz in Scottsdale in a terrific, family friendly Improv show (much like "Whose Line Is It Anyway") for only $12.50. There is a show at 7 P.M.

Thanks again Lina.

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March 1st, 2013 - Sherry-939230 said:

I'm very excited for the weekend and am so impressed with Lina's hostess expertise!

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March 1st, 2013 - Jennifer-933207 said:

I live in Phoenix (well, Mesa) and can't believe that I won't be available that weekend! Hope you all have a great time!

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March 1st, 2013 - Stacey-101742 said:

I'm checking my schedule . My sons birthday is the 24th and need to see when he is available and need to see if someone can babysit my 2 golden retrievers . I won't need to spend the night , but this sounds like fun ! Wonderful idea !

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February 27th, 2013 - Lina-796057 said:

I had Red Rock State Park in mind, Tricia, as an alternate site/activity for those who will not want to do the Jeep tour.

I am still working on the schedule, and when all details are worked out, I will post it all on this page.

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February 26th, 2013 - Janet-62904 said:

Arizona here we come... see you all soon!

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February 25th, 2013 - Dan-882797 said:

Lina, thanks for organizing another fun weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting some new friends and seeing the returning group from the Fall gathering. I know we'll have a great time.

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February 25th, 2013 - Beverly-649723 said:

CM Phoenix Fall was fantastic! I am SOO happy that Lina is hosting this event again, now in the Spring! Can't wait to share more great activities, fellowship, and memories with both old and new friends. Please come and join us, even if just for one day!

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February 25th, 2013 - Debbie-168656 said:

Looking forward to meeting some new CM friends and having a great time in Phoenix. Thanks Lina for hosting this. I look forward to meeting you!

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