See Topia at the Desert Botanical Garden

I keep telling people that Arizona has the most amazing sunsets! Last week I watched the sky turn from blue to purple, then gold and mauve (that’s pink for you guys).

I enjoyed a spectacular Ballet Arizona performance of Topia at the Desert Botanical Garden, set to music from Beethoven. The outdoor stage is twice as wide as the one at Symphony Hall, and Artistic Director Ib Andersen created this ballet specifically for the …

Cool Off This Summer

We’ve reached that time of the year, when you just want to cool off in a pool or go to the lake!

Arizona Outdoor Fun offers some great water adventures not far from Phoenix. Head to Lake Pleasant for fun and 118 miles of shoreline. You can rent a wakeboard, jet skis, pontoon boats, fishing boats, kayaks, and canoes. Enjoy a guided jet-ski tour and learn about the plant life, history, and geography of the area. It’s the perfect way to stay cool!

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See the Wildlife at Out of Africa

I always think of Africa when I imagine seeing lions, tigers, giraffes, and zebras, but you can actually see them at Out of Africa wildlife park in Camp Verde!

If you were in Arizona 25 years ago, you will remember it as a small park on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. It moved to a much larger area in 2004 and now has over 100 acres of space for animals.

This park is not a zoo, as …

Explore the Valley with Detours

I spent Sunday letting someone else do the driving! I treated myself to a City Highlights Half-Day Tour with Detours. A custom van picked me up for a guided tour of the sites and history of Scottsdale and Downtown Phoenix.

I really enjoyed walking around the Wesley Bolin Plaza by the old Capitol building, with its 29 memorials and monuments. The ones that touched me the most were the 9-11 Memorial and the anchor of the USS Arizona. I …

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

For years, as a young person, I would drive across McDowell Road to get to the Beeline Highway to go to Saguaro Lake, without ever realizing that I was on the reservation. Trust me when I say that was quite some time ago! It wasn’t until last week that I intentionally took a trip of less-than-five miles and traveled what felt like 100 years back in time to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation.

Being on the reservation is like visiting another country, with its …