Explore. Dream. Discover.

The summer days I grew up with are very different than the summer days in Arizona. It was the time to be outdoors—riding bikes, going to the beach, water skiing and enjoying the longer days. Our daily activities weren’t hindered by the blazing hot temperatures, but I’m learning how to handle an Arizona summer by embracing, and tweaking, the adventures we can still enjoy.

Dive into the pages of any good book —or into the screen of a movie at the local theater (think air-conditioned!) and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into psychological thrillers or suggestions for self-discovery or improvement. You might be transformed into the world of pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships or root for the superhero as the world is saved. The list goes on and on, but the point is, adventure exists all around us if you know where to find it—and with this month’s issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle, you won’t have to go far.

The kids are out of school, the crowds have subsided and it’s the perfect time for some family time. Don’t let our hot temps dissuade you. We’ve got some local “staycation” options for you to ponder, where you can treat yourself and cool off in a resort pool or retreat inside for some delicious cuisine. Grab an ice cream or check out our Swing into Summer piece that highlights some fun places to try something different. Go about three hours southeast and spend a day, or weekend, in Sierra Vista. Explore beyond your backyard. And don’t forget a camera. There are endless possibilities for experiences to create memories that can last a lifetime.

Mark Twain may have summed it up best:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

May you stay cool, be adventurous and make it a great July!

Happy Fourth!