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Tue, Jan. 21

Hiking class is fun and educational

Most of the classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, fondly known as OLLI by its participants, are academic. Many of the varied and interesting learning groups revolve around history, music, science and literature, among others, but there is another category designed to get participants out-of-doors and moving.

The Vigorous Hiking Class offers an opportunity for like-minded individuals to explore the many great trails in and around Prescott. The focus is on fun and fellowship, enjoyment of natural beauty, and improving overall health.

Did you know that a 50-mile trail encompasses Prescott? Newly finished trails now circle Willow and Watson lakes. White painted dots point the way on some of the trails in the Granite Dells area. Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte and Groom Creek are three very popular hiking sites in our area.

Although some trails are more challenging than others, OLLI hikes average four to five miles in length and take approximately two hours. Equipment needs are minimal: water, sun hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, hiking poles (if desired), and clothing appropriate for the weather. Hiking experience at higher elevations and over rough terrain is necessary.

There are some less strenuous hiking groups offered as well. If you enjoy a good, brisk hike with congenial companions, contact the OLLI office for further information. We look forward to seeing you for our Spring 1 hikes, starting in late January.

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is a peer-directed membership organization at Yavapai College's Prescott campus and NAU's Prescott Valley building, next to the library. OLLI offers over 200 peer facilitated classes during a five, 6-week sessions a year. For more information or to get on the mailing list, call 717-7634.

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