Yep, you guessed it–already showing my love of hairband 80’s music with that title. 3 years into this adventure company business and some days I feel like I am burned out and others I would love to just fade away. You feel me?
It was just 3 years ago I began this crazy journey of attempting to own a adventure company. Yep, I was not “going to take it anymore” from the company I was working for. I always felt like I could never get anywhere but where I was. I was done. By done- I meant scraping together the money to buy liability insurance, legit permitting, an LLC and purusing my own damn thing….my way. Keeping my personal joy alive. Guiding people on 2 feet or 2 wheels was something that made my heart smile. I loved every single tour I had done, was going to do and still do to this day. As you can see hugging a cactus is swanky, trendy and a must do while out with my team #hugacactus.
These are my tales. The stories I have told over moscow mules, the stories I have attempted to drown out with moscow mules and a shot of fireball once in awhile never hurt anyone. Who does not love a shot of fireball?
Wild Bunch Desert Guides came to be in 2016. Get ready to laugh with me, cry with me, ask yourself “What the fuck?” “Are you kidding me?” “That really happened?” Every single day in business I can answer each of those questions. You would not believe what goes on behind the adventures.
Get those moscow mules or whatever you fancy ready. I am going to take you on a RAW, uncensored, honest adventure that will make you wish you had this much fun owning a boutique, private hiking and mountain bike adventure company. “It is better to be WILD than BORING.”
Laurel Darren, owner of Wild Bunch Desert Guides, Scottsdale, Ariz., demonstrated during a hospitality industry meeting in McDowell Sonoran Preserve the advanced features of a brand-new Marin mountain bike, the cutting-edge standard ride for the guiding outfit’s mountain bike tours in the Sonoran Desert. For the upcoming tour season, Wild Bunch Desert Guides recently acquired a full line of the 2019 Marin hardtail mountain bike model, which features plus-sized tires to better grip challenging desert terrains, 1X drivetrains for quick pedal-power acceleration, high-strength frames and additional features to enhance the mountain biking experience for visitors to Scottsdale and the Metro Phoenix Area. Darren was host and helped organize the meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the National Concierge Association at Gateway Trailhead, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, May 22, 2019. Adventure guides from Wild Bunch Desert Guides lead hiking tours in the preserve preceding the meeting. Officials from the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy presented updates on the 30,500-acre Sonoran Desert preserve to the audience of concierge and hospitality industry leaders and business owners. During the meeting, Darren presented to Justin Owen, executive director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a $500 donation to the organization. MSC works to promote and protect the pristine public land in Scottsdale’s preserve, which is the largest city-owned preserve in North America and includes the McDowell Mountains with more than 200 miles of trails for non-motorized use accessed from multiple trailheads in Scottsdale.