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According to the Urban Dictionary, “Steampunk is a sub-genre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.” This may be a good definition; however the term is still unclear to many people.

The term, steampunk, was first used in 1987, by K.W. Jeter, who is a science fiction author. He used the term to describe a new science fiction genre which includes components of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history and speculative fiction. Steampunk normally includes steam powered machinery or retro-futuristic inventions with a background based in Britain’s Victorian age or in the America’s Wild West. Many steampunk stories are set in post-apocalyptic times.

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When in Sedona, it is hard to resist hiking among the red rocks. There are many trails to explore. However, if you are new to the area some trailheads can be difficult to locate and it may be hard to tell how difficult of a hike you are about to start.

In West Sedona, by Coffee Pot Rock are a couple of favorite trails. The Sugarloaf Loop travels around Sugarloaf, which is the small formation in front of Coffee Pot Rock. It has nice views and is fairly level. The hike is a little over 2 miles. This trail is popular, but not as crowded as the Bell Rock area.

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Sedona Olde Time Photos has fantastic T-shirts, as well as taking wonderful olde time photos. These t-shirts feature a caricature of the owner and the words “I got shot at Sedona Olde Time Photo.” Adult t-shirts are on sale for just $10.95, with X-Large being slightly more at $12.95. Kids’ sizes are just $9.95. All of the t-shirts are a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester. The t-shirts are available in red and goldenrod, in a variety of sizes.

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The National Day of the Cowboy will be celebrated on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd in Sedona’s Main Street District along SR 89A and SR 179. This event is organized by the Sedona Main Street Program and the Red Rock Posse to celebrate the character and values of the Cowboy. These cowboy values include honesty, stamina, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, patriotism and a strong work ethic. During this event there will be a lot of good old-fashioned family fun and western-themed activities.

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