Okay, So It’s HOT…Now What?

I know I am going to sound like an n infomercial or someone from the Tourism office but I have to tell you I love Arizona. This past weekend I played golf, yes in Phoenix, in July, in 100 plus temperatures. It was actually a great time. After the round and a cool drink we walked from the perfectly cool clubhouse outside where two steps outside the door I was embraced by the hug of the Arizona warmth. Yes, it’s hot but this place is like no other and we have so many wonderful things to celebrate during the summer months. I thought I might share a few of my favorites:
1. Air-conditioning. With it, you are always just steps from relief! Remember, we can help you get your units serviced and working great for you. Let us know if you need some help with that.
2. Less Traffic: With so many fewer people on the streets you can make it just about anywhere in the state quickly. Why not take advantage of that and try #3?
3. Day Trips: Head out of the valley and take in something new. Any direction you go you will find something special. Try Sedona, Flagstaff, Show Low or Pinetop for cooler air. There’s Tombstone, Tucson, Tubac and even Sonoita (think AZ vineyards!) to the south.
4. Monsoons: I know it has been a slow start THUS far, but my fingers are crossed and my guess is we are in for a big August show with lots of rain, those amazing thunderheads on the horizon and a little light show to entertain us in the evenings. (Note: be sure you have signed up for Storm Watch Program, our monsoons are amazing to watch but can create some troubles, be prepared and know we are here to help!)
5. The Grand Canyon: Yes, you’ve probably seen it but have you ever been to the North Rim? It’s a drive but well worth it! Such a beautiful and contrary landscape to what you might have seen before. The North Rim is only open May – November so plan your trip now.
6. Night Hiking: Have you ever been perched at the top of a mountain as the sun sets? It’s a very special time in our Valley and with a little light and some careful planning there are many hikes perfect for the opportunity. http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/7-best-trails-for-night-hiking-in-metro-phoenix-8252483
7. Scenic Chair Rides: You’ve hopefully skied our beautiful states ski resorts in the winter but in the summer (weather permitting) both Sunrise and Snowbowl offer daily rides up the mountain to see breathtaking views. Rangers are present to answer questions about the mountains and both have things to do, food and drink and good people to meet.

What are your favorite things about Arizona regardless of the season? Share with us!