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Everyone knows Arizona is hot. The challenge to hikers isn't the heat, but the need to never leave a sidewalk unless you're prepared and know what you're doing. Too many people, badly out of shape and inappropriately dressed, can be seen on hiking trails in the city. Sometimes, horrifically, they're supervising children on those trails as well.
When hiking in the desert, wear boots (cacti and rattlesnakes), bring several quarts of water (more if you have children along), never put your hand somewhere where you can't see it such as under a rock or in a hole (scorpians, snakes), wear a hat, sun screen, sun glasses and stay on trail (unless very experienced).
Kids should be carefully supervised and instructed on the above before starting. They should be in sight and on trail at all times. Make sure they (and you) keep drinking; thirst is not a symptom of dehydration and/or heat exhaustion. If someone appears to lose good coordination, looks very sweaty and pale and maybe nauseous, stop the hike right there, put the person in shade and rest and have them slowly hydrate; they have heat exhaustion. Take a long break so they can recover and see if they can still hike then.
One more thing; the vast majority of people in the desert will see and hear rattlesnakes over the years but never be bitten. The most dangerous superstition is that they will attack without provocation. The fact is, they only bite if you're intentionally provoking them; exceptions to this are so rare they're not worth mentioning. 6 months ago
Athletic Scholarships and 6 figure salaries for sports coaches prove public colleges are actually over funded and deserving of more cut backs to save tax payers dollars. Since they can lavish out money for such useless nonsense, they don't need to ever raise student tuition or complain about cut backs. 6 months ago