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Tours, golf & spouse events

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Saturday, April 26, 2014  
5:15 am – 9:15 am Hot Air Ballooning
9:00 am – 11:00 am  Tennis Round Robin 
9:30 am – 1:30 pm Desert Botanical Garden Tour
   
Monday, April 28, 2014  
6:45 am – 7:30 am Sixteenth Annual Fun Run/Walk
9:00 am – 10:00 am Morning Yoga Spouse Activity
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cosanti Tour
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Cattle Drive
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Taliesin West Tour
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tomcar Tour with Firearms Experience
   
Tuesday, April 2, 2014  
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Spouse Shopping Shuttle to Scottsdale

 

Hot Air BallooningHot Air

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 5:15 am – 9:15 am
Price: $325 per person

Ballooning is an exhilarating experience for everyone - from the neophyte adventurer to the seasoned veteran, from the young to the more mature. "A magic carpet ride" and "riding on a cloud" are two phrases that have been used to describe the beauty, exhilaration and gentleness of ballooning. Even though you travel at speeds of five to six miles per hour, there is virtually no sensation of motion because you are flying with the wind.

Your balloon adventure begins upon arrival at our Sonoran desert launch site. You will receive a "pre-flight briefing" where you'll learn more about the hot air balloon and how it flies, plus other facts you should know to make your Arizona flight as enjoyable as possible. Upon landing, guests are greeted with flutes of champagne and scrumptiously prepared gourmet food. And finally, to prove your difference from ordinary mortals, you will be inducted into the ballooning society and awarded the Certificate d'Ascension En Machine Aerostatique.

Tour requirements: Dress in layers. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Not recommended for pregnant women or those who have had recent back surgery.


Tennis Round Robin

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Price: $45 per person

The JW Desert Ridge Tennis Center features eight premier hard, lighted courts and a full-service pro-shop carrying the latest selection of apparel, equipment and same-day racquet stringing. Enjoy a fun, casual Round Robin of tennis in this beautiful facility. No partner is required.


Desert Botanical Garden Tour

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Price: $74 per person

The Desert Botanical Garden is home to more than 10,000 plants from deserts around the world, including more than half of the world's total number of cacti species. During your walking tour of the garden, group members will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the desert.

The Garden is a natural environment located on 145 acres within the beauty of Papago Park and is home to jackrabbits, squirrels, desert tortoises and other small animals. For bird watchers, there are dozens of species of native and migratory birds, from darting jewels like hummingbirds to the desert hawks. Desert succulents found throughout the garden include Agave, Barrel, Prickly Pear, Aloe Vera, Ocotillo, Saguaro, and literally hundreds of others.

Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert is a three-acre permanent exhibit which takes visitors through a saguaro forest, a mesquite thicket, a desert stream and an upland chaparral habitat with historic and prehistoric structures along the trail.


Sixteenth Annual Fun Run/WalkFun Run

Monday, April 28, 2014 – 6:45 am – 7:30 am
Price: $16 per person

Explore the trails of Desert Ridge at your preferred pace. All participants will receive a NAHAD 2014 tee shirt.


Morning Yoga Spouse ActivityYoga

Monday, April 28, 2014 – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Price: $12 per person

Enjoy the benefits of outdoor yoga with this class, perfect for all levels of experience. Large towels will be provided, or you may bring your own mat if you prefer. This is a good chance to meet other NAHAD spouses and get a workout at the same time.


Cosanti Tour

Monday, April 28, 2014 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: $58 per person

The wind performs magic at Cosanti. When the air is still, a hush falls over this bronze bell foundry started by visionary architect, Paolo Soleri. Then, like a maestro conducting a symphony, one gentle desert breeze signals hundreds of Soleri windbells to delight in concert.

Guests find themselves in a most unique environment fueled by one man’s vision and design. Half domes called “apses” replace box-type buildings in this tribute to ingenuity. Olive and Palo Verde trees are filled with music as choirs of bells dangle from their branches. To the left is the Cosanti Gallery filled with sketches of futuristic cities and an amazing array of projects. Bells and bronzes of all sizes fill the rooms accompanied by printed information as well as monitors with video loops of Arcosanti, an “arcology” created by Soleri.


Cattle Drive

Monday, April 28, 2014 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: $259 per person


Designed for all skill levels, you will travel to a private ranch and have a brief orientation before mounting up and heading out. The professional wrangler will explain some of the finer points of rounding up cattle on the open range, while still maintaining control of your horse.

Arizona’s unique desert landscape makes the chore of rounding up cattle a work of art and something that can only be accomplished through teamwork. Rocky terrain, cacti and desert ravines challenge even the most abled wrangler. Watch out for one wily cow that may not cooperate. You will be working with real range cows...not mechanical bulls or feedlot imitations.

Tour requirements: Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.


Taliesin West TourTaliesin

Monday, April 28 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: $85 per person

In 1937, Frank Lloyd Wright created a remarkable set of buildings at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Taliesin West, set amidst 600 acres of Sonoran beauty in North Scottsdale, was Wright's personal winter residence and studio. It was also the home of the Taliesin Fellowship, a group of 23 young "disciples" who built the complex under Wright's direction. Long regarded by architectural critics as a masterpiece, the U.S. government declared Taliesin West a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

This guided tour gives an intimate and in-depth look at Taliesin West. In addition to the seminar theater, music pavilion, cabaret cinema, and Frank Lloyd Wright's private office, this tour includes a visit to the dramatic living room where you will sit in Wright-designed furniture and experience first-hand the drama of being a guest in Wright’s famous living room.

Tour Requirements: Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


Tomcar Tour with Firearms ExperienceTomcat

Monday, April 28 – 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Price: $378 per person

Answer the call of the wild! Take control of your own exclusive Tomcar. The Tomcar is a type of commercial off-road utility vehicle. It uses a CVT transmission system, and a chain driven final drive system, giving the vehicles a ground clearance of 15”. The Tomcar's chain-driven swing arm system allows the vehicle an above average ground clearance and suspension articulation, and also creates "anti-squat" or lift. Under acceleration, a vehicle usually squats in the rear due to the physics of conventional drive-trains.Unmatched for off-road drivability, safety, and performance, the Tomcar will insure a thrilling experience!

Now you can drive in the Sonoran Desert while learning how to off-road in the most eco-friendly manner possible. Our Tomcars are amazingly comfortable and if you can drive your car, you can easily operate our automatic vehicles. And you get to have all this great fun while learning about the indigenous plant & wildlife that populate our living desert, visiting our proprietary attractions like our turquoise mine, see amazing scenery and learn the incredible history of our surroundings.

In addition to the Tomcar tour, you will participate in a custom firearms experience. Our comprehensive course goes beyond the ‘point & shoot’ experience that has been conventionally offered by tour companies or local ranges to date. Our team of training professionals offers a chance to experience the sensations and skill required to either reinforce, or reassess your position on this very important issue. In addition to real skills gained during live fire exercises with semi-automatic M16s and Glock 9mm handguns, upon completion of our course, the guest will have practical knowledge of the importance of gun safety.


Spouse Shopping Shuttle to Scottsdale

Tuesday, April 29 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Price: $36 per person

Scottsdale now ranks among the finest cities for shopping! Spend several hours exploring the fabulous retail and dining outlets at the Scottsdale Fashion Square. This easy shuttle option allows you to travel with a group of NAHAD spouses, so that you can share the fun together.


The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please visit our Join page.