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Andrea Crandall

About Andrea Crandall

Andrea Crandall is currently a junior at Arizona State University studying journalism.

Contemporary homes - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Living Environments Are More Contemporary, Cost-Conscious

Earth Friendly, Budget Friendly: Living environments are going more contemporary, and cost-conscious, too


Contemporary HomesThinking about redesigning your home? Est Est and Wiseman and Gale agree that one style in particular has been gaining popularity.

“In the last few years, we have been getting busier with the contemporary style,” says Scott Burdick, managing partner of Wiseman and Gale, an interior design firm in Scottsdale.

Contemporary can range from using retro elements from the 1950s and ’60s, or going more classic-modern, blending traditional elements together.

Going green

One design incorporated into more and more homes is layering grasscloth on walls. This adds more texture to the atmosphere.

“We are seeing more wall coverings, and they give off energy,” says Tony Sutton, owner and head designer of Est Est, an interior design firm in Scottsdale. “The background materials give off more vibrant colors and feelings as to what the room is meant to be used for.”

In addition to adding earthy and earth-inspired elements to their homes, homeowners are making room for more eco-friendly additions, too.

In order to adjust to the demands and support the trending of the LEED green movement, Est Est recently installed solar panels to a Scottsdale home using Cradle to Cradle materials, which are recycled.

“The solar panels are something called active solar; they hook up to the power meter and run backwards,” Sutton says. “This is higher technology that generates electricity.”

Saving a buck

In order to help guide clients through the decision-making process confidently, and to make sure clients receive the design or redesign they envision, Est Est has technology that allows clients to see the final product before the project has begun. This way, clients will be more confident in their decision and purchase.

“We can show blueprints on a screen for customers, and we want to make the client feels comfortable when we show them the samples,” Sutton says. “We have everything right here at our fingertips for clients to see and use before we start the work.”

Hiring professional designers can help you to avoid making costly mistakes, and if a budget is given up front, they can work with it, Burdick says.

“People are now taking a look at what they need instead of what they want for the environment they are creating for themselves to live in,” Burdick says.Contemporary homes

Proceeding with caution

Clients are beginning to work in phases when it comes to designing their home for the first time or redecorating a room. People are proceeding cautiously with their money today, and having shorter projects spaced out is a great way to save and keep track of money.

Designers say that as long as you come in with a plan with exactly what you want designed and plan a budget, getting that beautifully designed house or room can easily become a reality.

“If you can lay out some basic ideas beforehand, and then buy things you love, that to me is the easiest way to create an environment where you can come home every day and say ‘I am so glad to be home,’ ” Burdick says.

“Don’t be afraid to look at design magazines,” Sutton says. “There are creative ways to put something together that has the same feeling as what you see designers doing.”

For more information about turning your home into a contemporary living space, visit:

Est Est
17770 N. Pacesetter Way
(480) 563-1555
estestinc.com

Wiseman and Gale
4015 N. Marshall Way
(480) 945-8447
wisemanandgale.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Permanent Makeup - Sally Hayes Permanent Makeup

Permanent Makeup Q&A With Sally Hayes

Sally Hayes Permanent MakeupCan you tell me a little about your business and what you do? How long have you been working with permanent makeup?

I help people (mostly women) through enhancing their natural beauty, improving their self-image, and saving them time and effort. These are just some of the many benefits of what I am able to do through permanent makeup.

I have been working with permanent makeup since 1988 when Richard Wohl, M.D., a prominent plastic surgeon at the time, got me started in the business. Today, I still work closely with a number of doctors as they regularly recommend me to their patients.

Sally Hayes Permanent Makeup is the name of my business for good reason. This is because the business is me. When you call, you get me directly. When you come in for your complimentary consultation, you get me. When you schedule a procedure, you get me. A woman’s face is too important. And I really enjoy the personal contact with clients, and they tell me they like it, too. I’ve been told many times I could easily have a bigger business, but I take great pride in my work and absolutely love what I do.

What types of clients come into your office?

I can answer this question a couple of ways. I have some clients who know exactly what they want. These are the ones who watch my regular appearances on ABC 15’s Sonoran Living. They do their research. They’re totally prepared and ready to go. However, I also have those who know only that they want to do something to enhance their facial features. They come into consultations with me and basically ask me what they should do. So I make suggestions and show them what permanent makeup could look like by applying topical makeup to them.

The other way to answer this question is to describe the three main groups of those who get permanent makeup. There are women with active lifestyles as either moms or career women or both. While these women are interested in looking better, the daily time saving and convenience benefits they get from permanent makeup are really the main attraction.

The second group of clients is those who are solely interested in cosmetic improvement. Some of these may have lost most of their eyebrows, others are sick and tired of looking sick and tired or washed out every day, and others may just crave the idea of thicker, fuller and sexier lips.

The third group of clients are those who are looking to overcome the effects of some sort of medical condition that has had a negative effect on their appearance.

Which procedure is most common and why?

The most common permanent makeup procedure is probably eyebrows. At least, this is the primary area of interest. But really, many clients are increasingly aware of the importance of symmetry when it comes to their facial features. While they may start out simply focusing on eyebrows, they easily shift to also doing their eyeliner and lips either all at once or in stages.

Typically, how long is each procedure?

It sounds cliché, but even though I’ve been doing permanent makeup for nearly 25 years, every person’s face, features and desires are unique and every procedure is, too. The day I stop taking a personal and customized approach is the day I need to quit and do something else (and other than professional shopping, I don’t know what that would be).

Time varies but generally I can do procedures for eyes or brows in about one hour. If I’m doing all three procedures, it will often take under two hours total if the client has had a consultation with me before the appointment.

What does it feel like when you are getting permanent makeup? Does it hurt?

Back when I started in the late 1980’s, it used to hurt more. Now it doesn’t. Clients have a comfortable experience, which has advanced to more of a medical procedure. Even though permanent makeup involves tattooing, it doesn’t hurt at all like body art tattooing.

Do you personally have permanent makeup? Where and why?

Yes, I have permanent makeup on my eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. I did this because I truly believe in what I do and enjoy the many benefits it offers being able to literally “wake up with makeup” every morning.

I did the procedures on my eyebrows and lips myself which was a pretty interesting experience. I toyed with the idea of doing my own eyeliner but my eyes are way too important to my business, so I had them professionally done.

Is there down time after a permanent makeup procedure?

Yes, but it’s really minimal. Eyebrows because they are in the center of your face, may have a healing process, which lasts up to a week. However, this is from a visual standpoint only. You will not have pain. It’s just that the color of the brows appears darker until the top layer of skin changes naturally. Eyeliner is only a day. Within 24 hours you can wear mascara. Lips may be slightly chapped on the edges for a couple of days.

Does the makeup fade?

It depends on a number of personal factors such as your lifestyle, your amount of exposure to the sun or a tanning bed, the products you use on your skin, and the unique features of your face. What is important to remember is the lighter the color you choose the less longevity you will get. Naturally, you can assume darker colors will last longer than blonde. Overall, it’s safe to say clients can last years without even a touchup.

Is it possible for a client to not qualify for permanent makeup?

Yes. There are a few occasions, which are usually based on pre-existing medical conditions, such as people who are taking blood thinners. I also will not work on someone who is pregnant.

The other times a client doesn’t qualify is when she is looking to re-do permanent makeup gone wrong. Sometimes if a client went to a permanent makeup artist who was not an expert, their eyes and lips have been so badly treated that I can’t fix them right away.

These cases require surgery or laser therapy or other forms of combination treatment which are quite costly in terms of time, money and effort.

Would you consider this a practical gift for the holiday season?

Perhaps more so in the holiday season, permanent makeup is a great way to kick off a new you in a new year. Many people enter a new year with hopes and aspirations, goals for consistently looking younger and/or better, making more money and having more time to relax or do the things they want to do.

In fact, throughout the year, many of my clients get permanent makeup done because it is a gift from the man in their life. Or moms and daughters come in and get procedures done together.

 

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Sally Hayes Permanent Makeup

10201 N. Scottsdale Rd, #20
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 951-0539
permanentmakeup.com

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Rachell Hall Permanent Makeup in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Permanent Makeup Gives New Hope

Women have a chance to complete their breast cancer recovery with Breasthetics, permanent makeup

When you hear the phrase “permanent makeup,” you often think of tattooed eyebrows or lips. But did you know that permanent makeup can make a breast cancer survivor feel like a complete woman again?

At Rachell Hall Permanent Makeup and Breasthetics Clinic in Scottsdale, breast cancer survivors can have a complete Breasthetic recovery, which includes having areolas, or nipples, tattooed on after having a mastectomy. It is the final stage in breast reconstruction.

Rachell Hall has quietly been performing areola repigmentation for 23 years, ensuring that every woman who has been through a mastectomy has a chance to feel whole again.

“We help women to understand that they have rights and options,” Hall says. “It’s your right to complete breast reconstruction and symmetry and that does include nipples or the look of them, whether they work or not.”

The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, and Hall is able to create three-dimensional areolas. Sometimes the doctor that reconstructed the breast will already create a three-dimensional nipple to work from. If they don’t, Hall is able to create one with repigmentation.

“I had the procedure done and underestimated what it was going to do for me,” says Michelle, a recent client of Hall’s. “It completed me. I feel more like a woman, more sexy.”

Not all breast cancers survivors can afford the procedure, however. Hall set out to fix that after a client called her a few years ago to tell her she could not afford it because her insurance would not cover it. Appalled that an insurance company would not cover something so simple, Hall created Bridging the Gap in 2007.

Bridging the Gap is a nonprofit organization that not only educates women on complete Breasthetic recovery, but also helps educate insurance companies and everyone in between about post-mastectomy reconstruction.

“Our passion and purpose here is bridging the gap between breast cancer and beauty,” Hall says. “We want to help women in their complete aesthetic recovery.”

“At a time when doctors and tests are taking so much away from you, something like this is bringing your beauty back and makes you realize how important beauty and self is,” Michelle says.

Hall has been fighting passionately for breast cancer survivors’ rights by strongly promoting Bridging the Gap. She also encourages those educated on complete breast cancer recovery to “Bee of Service” so that every woman can be given the chance of ending their rough cancer journey with something positive.

“Every day here is an emotional roller coaster of joy,” Hall says. “This is the beauty treatment. This is the happy day.”

Hall not only helps with the healing process of breast cancer, but she performs other types of permanent makeup procedures, including eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.

Permanent makeup for eyebrows can be a great choice for those who are about to experience hair loss due to chemotherapy, Hall says.

At Rachell Hall Permanent Makeup and Breasthetic Clinic, colors are custom blended for each client, with a goal of giving the look of natural, fresh and well-applied makeup.

“My big philosophy is classic beauty, nothing trendy,” Hall says.

For more information about Breasthetics, visit www.breasthetics.com or call 1-800-343-3223. Or, for more information about Bridging the Gap Foundation, visit www.beeofservice.com.

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Rachell Hall Permanent Makeup and Breasthetics Clinic

8320 North Hayden Road #106
(480) 368-9239
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Clean Air Cab & ASU

Clean Air Cab Partners with ASU, Promotes Sustainability

Come September, Clean Air Cab will be promoting two new Arizona State University-themed cabs, which will help promote sustainability as well as raise money for scholarships.

The company, based in Mesa, is Arizona’s first completely carbon neutral taxicab service. Clean Air Cab first started in 2009 with just 19 cabs and has successfully flourished the past two years, adding 31 more. The company uses Toyota Hybrid Prius’.

Clean Air Cab has agreed to partner with ASU to assist students and their families in safety, and sustainably, getting to and from university football, baseball and basketball games.

Even on no-game days, Clean Air Cab will still be around the university. “We’re always going to have a presence on ASU,” says Steve Lopez, president and owner of Clean Air Cab. “We’re just going to spice it up on the weekends for the games and be more present.”

Clean Air Cabs partner with ASUThis partnership is not only helping ASU “go green” but scholarships also will be made available from Clean Air Cab.

This sustainable cab service will be donating one dollar of every fare from the ASU-themed cabs, which will help fund scholarships for university students.

“ASU has always been on my radar with what they do with the community,” Lopez says. “I want to give the funds to young entrepreneurs that want to be challenged, that want to make a difference.”

The company has already donated a $7,500 scholarship for this year’s academic school year. As the company grows, the scholarships will grow as well, Lopez says.

Clean Air Cab not only supports ASU, but is involved in other charities as well, such as Mesa United Way and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Clean Air Cab, visit www.cleanaircab.com.

 

Arizona Green Jobs Increase

Arizona Green Jobs Continue to Increase

Arizona Green Jobs: Energy efficient and green jobs in Arizona are booming. Thanks to consumer demands for energy-saving services and products, the green workforce is increasing with multiple jobs created and available across the state.

Arizona green jobs have grown from about 29,000 in 2003 to 37,000 in 2010, according to the Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment report by the Brooking’s Institute.

This low-carbon and green economy blossoming has been a source of job renewal to many across the country, including local businesses here in Arizona that have been revitalized thanks to the products and services being created to benefit the environment.

One of these successful green businesses here in the state, WellHome, has done very well over the past few years with the rising energy-efficient economy.

WellHome, located in both Tucson and Chandler, is a business that assesses and completes home energy audits. The company has been growing since first opening two years ago, during a time when energy costs were heavily on the rise.

This business not only makes homeowners energy efficient, but also saves clients’ money. While many Arizonans currently have tight budgets, WellHome can come into a residence and improve home energy efficiency. After completing an energy audit, as well as energy-efficient upgrades, homeowners can expect to see 10-40% in energy savings.

Because green jobs are booming in Arizona, WellHome has been able to take in many employees from the distressed housing industry and teach them the new skills regarding energy efficiency demands.

Of course, WellHome is not the only Arizona business that has been skyrocketing during a time when the national economy is failing. Accel Electric and ATS Electric are other companies that have successfully adjusted to the growing demands of an economy that wants to go green.

 

Photo: Dru Bloomfield - At Home in Scottsdale, Flickr

Scottsdale’s Annual Green Building Lecture Series Scheduled for September

Green Building Lecture: Scottsdale’s Annual Green Building Lecture Series will be back in full swing come September first.

The Green Building Lecture Series is free and open to the public, and address sustainability issues such as environmentally responsible and healthy building practices and energy efficiency.

This will be the 12th lecture series event about green building hosted by Scottsdale in order to inform and educate building owners, developers and builders, and design professionals on sustainability practices.

The lectures are held on the first Thursday of every month from September 2011 to June 21012, excluding January, with the first lecture for the 2011-2012 year titled “What Happens When Green Becomes Code?”

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was recently adopted by the Scottsdale City Council and is the core of the city’s Commercial Green Building Program. The lecture in September will educate the public on IgCC and how it will make “going green” easier to obtain for developers of multi-family and commercial housing.

Other lectures in the series will include topics on reusing rainwater, cooling and heating options for the home, green projects around the Valley and water saving techniques.

The Green Building Lecture Series will feature practitioners and experts speaking on the green topics each month to address key issues pertaining to sustainability and going green.

The monthly events will take place at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Green Building Lecture Series
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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Highest grossing movies of all time

Highest Grossing Movies – Top Five Opening Weekends

Highest Grossing Movies – Going to the theater is an adventure; you get to watch a new film and escape into the story, if only for a short amount of time. Hundreds of movies are released each year, but only a few dozen are cherished and rated well by audiences.

These are the top five highest grossing movies with the biggest opening weekends at the box office; and they continue to be named as favorites by fans all over the world.

 

highest grossing movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part II

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

The much-anticipated last installment of the Harry Potter series had a record-breaking opening weekend, grossing over $169 million on the weekend of July 15, 2011.

Watch the Trailer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Highest Grossing Movies: number two is Dark Knight

2. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight comes in close second, and had a total opening weekend gross of $158 million when it came to theatres the weekend of July 18, 2008.

Watch the Trailer: The Dark Night

Highest Grossing Movies: in Third Place, Spider-Man 3

3. Spider-Man 3

The third and darkest installment of the Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man 3, was very successful. The movie grossed $151 million on the weekend of May 4, 2007.

Watch the Trailer: Spider-Man Three

Highest Grossing Movies: Coming in Fourth, New Moon

4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon 

The vampire-loving fans of “The Twilight Saga” books came to the theaters to support New Moon, grossing a total of $142 million on the weekend of Nov. 20, 2009.

Watch the Trailer: The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Highest Grossing Movies: in Fifth, Pirates of the Caribbean

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

After Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl became such a hit, it’s no surprise Dead Man’s Chest was so popular, grossing $135 million on the opening weekend of July 7, 2006.

Watch the Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Tap Insulation Being installed

Pest Control Insulation Systems – Pest Control with Home Insulation

Pests, as well as high energy bills, can be a big problem for some homeowners. However, a company called Pest Control Insulation Systems (PCIS) has introduced a new way to battle both issues, while at the same time saving energy and money.

Bill Turk, president and CEO of PCIS, founded the successful company in the late 1990s. After envisioning a product that would not only reduce energy costs but control pests, Thermal Acoustic Pest Control (TAP) Insulation was patented.

Bill Turk, president & CEO of TAP Insulation, pest controlTAP Insulation, made from recycled paper and natural borates, reduces home energy bills and noises and even eliminates common household pests.

This specialized insulation is blown-in and put on top of previous insulation in homes. For pest control, borates are used, which are mineral salts mined from the earth. Although mineral salt has minimal effect on humans and pets, it is extremely toxic and deadly for insects.

When TAP Insulation is installed in a home, less energy is used to cool or heat a home. The ability for heat to transfer through walls and attics is reduced, which means cooler homes during those hot summer months and warmer homes during winter. Thus, cooling and heating bills are lowered.

The insulated walls and attics reduce noise as well. With a thicker padding, outside noises and inside noises, such as running appliances, are lessened.

TAP Insulation is also the only pest-eliminating product labeled by the Environmental Protection Agency that bears the Energy Star label that also lowers energy costs.

This insulation isn’t just beneficial to homeowners because of the positive ways it saves money and reduces pests, but it is also a green and sustainable product.TAP Insulation, pest control

When looking at the product as a whole, it is very green and environmentally friendly. It is made from recycled paper, provides no post-installation waste, reduces a home’s carbon footprint by saving energy, and the cellulose insulation takes less energy to make than regular insulation.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce energy bills, eliminate pests, or reduce household noises, TAP Insulation might be a good choice for you.

For more information about Pest Control Insulation Systems, visit www.tapinsulation.com.

Photo: Firebird International Raceway

National Hot Rod Association Arrives In Fall For Arizona Nationals

Come Oct. 14, drag-racing fans will be in for a real treat. The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) will be coming to the Firebird International Raceway in Chandler for the Arizona Nationals and has added some new components to make the weekend-long event even more exciting and worthwhile.

The NHRA is famously known for its drag race contests between two accelerated vehicles on a track or drag strip over a measured distance, with the losing racer eliminated and the winning racer progressing until only one is left to be named champion.

“The product on the track itself is a phenomenal show,” says Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the NHRA. “They accelerate up to speeds of 300 mph, and they have tremendous power.”

In addition to vehicles speediNational Hot Rod Association, Photo: Logan Z. Hunt, Flickrng down the track, the NHRA also features the Pro Stock Motorcycle racing category. It may not be brand new to the racing event, but to Arizona fans that have been waiting to see it firsthand, the exciting two-wheel races that can reach speeds up to 200 mph will debut on the Firebird drag strip for the very first time.

One important thing that has been changed for the Arizona Nationals this year is the date. This is the first year that the Arizona races will be held in October instead of earlier in the year, making it a crucial race for the Countdown to the Championship.

“Putting the schedule together is always tricky, but it worked out best for the fall,” says Darcy. “It now falls into the Countdown to the Championship, so it adds an additional level of excitement for the fans in Arizona.”

The Countdown to the Championship is a six-race playoff series that plays a key role in determining season points for champions. Drag racing fans in Arizona will now be able to experience the exhilaration of the Countdown and will have the lucky chance to watch one of the most important races of the National Hot Rod Assocations, Firebird International Racewayyear.

Racing fans will also be thrilled to hear that two drag racing legends, Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney, will be at the Arizona Nationals in celebration of the NHRA’s 60th anniversary celebration. The fans will be able to sign up for meet-and-greets with the two stars, and a private lunch is also available for those interested.

Since 1983, Firebird International Raceway has become one of the top motorsport venues in the world, having an annual attendance of at least 600,000. Besides hosting the Arizona Nationals for the NHRA, the raceway also features other well-known drag racing shows, as well as the popular Monster Truck Nationals.

The Arizona Nationals will take place from Oct. 14-16; and with the NHRA adding new elements to the races, people are bound to enjoy at least one part of the high-speed event.

“We give the most unbelievable experience with motorsports,” says Darcy.

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For more information on the NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
To purchase tickets for the Arizona Nationals, visit www.firebirdraceway.com.

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Sedona, Ariz.

Exploring Around Sedona

With summer quickly coming to an end for those on summer break, my good friend Reanna and I decided to take a day trip somewhere up north to escape the Valley heat, if only for a little while. We both agreed that Sedona would be the perfect place.

Leaving in the late morning, we began driving on the highway. We blasted our music and talked about everything, making the drive go by quickly. About an hour and a half into the drive, we saw a sign promoting Montezuma Castle. I have visited the castle many times with my parents when we would go on day trips when I was younger. Reanna, on the other hand, had never visited, let alone heard of the place. We decided to check it out.

Montezuma Castle is a cliff dwelling made by the Sinagua people over 1,000 years ago. It’s one of the most well-preserved dwellingsMontezuma Castle, Ariz. in North America, and thousands of people come to marvel at how it was constructed and see how intact the apartment-like home still is.

After we walked into the state park, we headed down the path to look at the historic ruin. Even though I have seen it many times, the huge structure still amazes me. The dwelling is so high up on the limestone cliff, it’s unbelievable to imagine that people had to climb it every day.

While walking around the park, a park ranger informed us that another ranger was about to start talking to a group of visitors. Awesome, we would get to learn more about the Sinagua people and how they managed to build a house so far up from the ground. We walked and sat down, ready to be educated.

Well, the ranger didn’t talk about the cliff dwelling at all. Instead, he spoke to us about the dangers of rattlesnakes, strangely. I suppose Reanna and I are now well informed on that subject.

After taking one last look at Montezuma Castle, we got back in the car and headed down the highway. We made another stop at Montezuma Well, which is 11 miles north of the cliff dwelling.

Montezuma Well, Ariz. , Photo: psyberartist, FlickrThe well contains over one million gallons of water that flows in daily and was a water source to people and animals for thousands of years. There are smaller cliff dwellings surrounding the walls of the well, and it must have been a serene, beautiful place to reside.

After climbing down to the water and exploring around the ruins, our stomachs were growling. We agreed to drive to beautiful Sedona and get some lunch.

Reanna and I ate at Wildflower Bread Company, and the food was delicious, especially the potato cream cheese soup. With our hunger completely gone, it was time to explore the area.

After visiting a few stores, we drove to Highway 89 and went north. This winding, scenic road is absolutely stunning. It twists and curves around red rock cliffs and is so green, with towering trees and water on the side of the road.

After gazing at the gorgeous scenery, we parked our car on the side of the road and went down to Oak Creek. We climbed doOak Creek, Sedona, Ariz. wn some rocks and put our feet in the freezing water. The area surrounding the creek is so peaceful and relaxing; the water flows over river rocks and creates a soothing sound.

After spending time at the creek, we climbed back up the rocks and decided it was time to head home after spending almost the entire day exploring.

We hopped back on the highway and began heading home, but first we stopped at a stand on the side of the road and bought organic apple cider. It was delicious, and we drank it on the way home, reminiscing about our fun and enjoyable day we spent sightseeing.

Photo: Puggles, Flickr

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Located in Flagstaff lies the impressive Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, which was once home to two of the community’s most prominent businessmen while Arizona was still considered a territory.

The mansion was built to house two Riordan families and was made in 1904, when the town of Flagstaff was just starting to blossom.

Riordan Mansion is composed of 40 rooms with over 13,000 square feet of living area, including servant’s quarters. The beautiful arts-and-crafts style architecture features volcanic stone arches, hand-split wooden shingles and a rustic exterior of log-slab siding.

The house was designed by Charles Whittlesey, the creator of Grand Canyon’s El Tovar Hotel.

Timothy and Michael Riordan were part of Flagstaff’s leading pioneer businessmen and successfully developed Arizona Lumber and Timber Company, a logging business.

The two brothers married the Metz sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth, who were cousins of the Babbitt brothers, another influential Flagstaff family. The two families decided to build a house that they could share together. The Riordan Mansion resulted, comprised of two separate homes connected by one large common area that joined them together.

The second generation of the Riordan family decided to donate the mansion to Arizona State Parks, and today it is used as a way to educate people about early Flagstaff, how the Riordan family helped shape the community of the town, and show the architecture and style of that time period.

For more information on the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, visit www.azstateparks.com.

Fresh Water is Becoming Scarcer with the Planet's Changing Climate

ASU To Host Climate Control Discussion On Water Sustainability Practices

 Climate Control Discussion  – With the world’s fast-growing population and climate changes, fresh water has significantly become scarcer. On August 25, Arizona State University with be hosting a climate control discussion where a group of panelists will discuss how we can create better water sustainability practices.

The Changing Planet: Adapting to Our Water Future event will also be hosted by National Science Foundation, DISCOVER Magazine and NBC Learn with Anne Thompson, NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent, moderating it.

With hopes of addressing the impact of climate change on water resources, challenges of achieving sustainability and how we must adapt to those changes, panelists that include scientists and policymakers will discuss how shifting climate patterns are stressing the world’s fresh-water resources.

This will be the last installment of a videotaped, three-series production from NBC that focuses on climate control and is expected to be aired in the fall on the Weather Channel.

Panelists for Adapting to Our Water Future will include Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico, Patricia Mulroy, general manager of Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Heidi M. Cullen, correspondent of Climate Control.

Come explore the effects that climate change is having on our planet, and learn how to change your water sustainability practices.

ASU’s Adapting to Our Water Future is free and open to the public, all with the hopes of educating the community about the problem of finding fresh-water resources with the ever changing climate.

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Climate Control Discussion, If You Go:

Changing Planet: Adapting To Our Water Future
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe Campus
www.asu.edu

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ASU Gammage, Tempe, Ariz.

ASU Gammage Broadway Season 2011-2012

ASU Gammage Broadway Season 2011-2012 Starting in September, Tempe’s ASU Gammage will be back in full swing to provide some of the best Broadway shows and musicals to the community. With 10 to choose from, one is bound to catch your attention and pull you into a theater seat.

West Side Story

Sept. 27 – Oct. 2
Set in New York City, West Side Story is about the rivalry between two teenage street gangs with different ethnic backgrounds, the Jets and the Sharks. Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Shark’s leader. The musical explores social problems during the 1950s, and includes entertaining dance scenes and sophisticated musical lyrics by Stephen Soundheim, including “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Tonight.”

Blue Man GroupBlue Man Group, Photo: cliff1066, flickr

Nov. 1-6
With no spoken language during the show, the Blue Man Group is a popular theatrical performance that combines technology, comedy and music to give the audience a unique form of entertainment.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Dec. 6-11
Complete with laughter, dancing and great songs, this musical tells the story of two friends at a Vermont Inn putting on a show and trying to find their perfect mates in the process. Berlin hits include “How Deep is the Ocean?” and “Blue Skies.”

Stomp

Dec. 28-31
Stomp is an eight-member troupe that uses everything from wooden poles, garbage cans, brooms, and hubcaps to give fantastic rhythms for the audience to enjoy.

Rogers and Hammerstein’s South PacificSouth Pacific, Photo: moniquewingard, Flickr

Jan. 10-15, 2012
South Pacific tells the romantic and enchanting story of two couples on a tropical island during World War II and how their happiness is put at risk by their own prejudices and the realities of war. The well-known score includes “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.”

Wicked, Photo: yumiang, FlickrWicked

Feb. 15, 2012 – March 11, 2012
Before Dorothy ever dropped into Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One is born with green skin and misunderstood. The other is beautiful and popular. Wicked takes the audience on a journey of how the two girls grow up to be Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Green Day’s American Idiot

April 24-29, 2012
With popular songs from Green Day, such as “21 Guns,” Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Holiday,” the musical tells the story of three friends who have to choose between the safety of suburbia and their dreams.

Rain a Tribute to the Beatles

May 11-12, 2012
Rain is a Beatles cover band that performs and dresses up as the Fab Four. The band takes audiences through all stages of the Beatles career, from their early beginnings to their hippie days. With historical footage and commercials displayed on video screens, the audience will not be disappointed with how closely the group sounds and looks like the originally British band.

La Cage Aux La Cage Aux Folles, Photo: AndyRob, FlickrFolles

May 15-20, 2012
La Cage tells the story of Georges, the owner of a popular nightclub in Saint-Tropez, whose son brings home his fiance’s parents to meet the flashy pair. As feather boas fly, the show is about one family’s struggle to stay together.

Million Dollar Quartet

June 5-10, 2012
Set in 1956 on a day when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis are gathered by Sam Phillips to hold one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Songs include “Hound Dog,” “I Walk the Line”, “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Who Do You Love?”

For more information about the ASU Gammage broadway season, visit www.asugammage.com.

Florence, Ariz.

McFarland State Historic Park

Florence claims to have the oldest standing courthouse in Arizona, which is now home to the McFarland State Historic Park. Today, the park gives visitors a chance to take a look into the state’s past, and see how the building has been used since the late nineteenth century.

The state park is named after Ernest W. McFarland, a man who successfully contributed to Arizona history through an active public service career. He served his state in the highest branches of government, the only known Arizonan to do so.

McFarland helped with the modernization of Arizona, the region, and the country, serving as majority leader for the U.S. Senate, governor, and Arizona Supreme Court Justice. He ultimately witnessed the growth and success of early Arizona.

The historic building has held many roles in the last decade, but first served as a courthouse after being built in 1878. The structure was made out of native materials, with local soil used to make adobe brick walls. The lumber used for the building’s floor was hauled down by wagon from northern Arizona.

In the rear of the building was Florence’s first jail. In the center of the building, prisoners were chained to a large boulder that was buried in the ground.

On the first floor of the building, the courtroom, sheriff’s office, jail and the judge’s chambers were located. The jury room was on the second floor, where visiting lawman also gathered.

The courthouse was the center of activity back in the day, where townspeople would gather to socialize and conduct business. The building occasionally served as a dance hall as well, always with a big attendance.

When a much larger courthouse was constructed in 1891, the adobe structure was then used as a county hospital. For almost 50 years, doctors provided up-to-date care for their patients. In 1938, the hospital became a welfare and public health center.

The Pinal County Historical Society secured and maintained the building as a museum from1963-1970. In 1974, former governor McFarland purchased the building. It was then donated to the Arizona State Parks Board to be a historic park.

Today, guests are able to tour and see how the historical building has been utilized over the past 130 years. Visitors to the adobe structure can see the history of Arizona, as well as the people who helped shape it.

For more information on McFarland State Historical Park, please visit www.azstateparks.com.

Light Rail Station On Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Takes On Two More Solar Power Projects

With sustainability practices continually increasing with popularity, it’s no surprise that Phoenix is expanding its go green tactics and introducing new ways to put solar energy to good use.

On July 6, the city launched its first solar-cooled light rail station. One of the most popular and well-used seating areas for the light rail, 3rd. St and Washington, recently went through a remodel and now provides free, on-demand cooling to those waiting for transportation.

The seating area was designed and constructed by NRG Thermal, and provides an environmentally-friendly system that uses solar energy. The company also uses its downtown district cooling system, which cools 34 major buildings downtown, including Chase Field.

The constructing was finished in record time, and fans that went to the Major League Baseball All-Star event were able to try out the new cooling station during one of the hottest times of the year.

With the first solar-cooled light rail station now available for citizens to occupy, another solar power project is in the first sPhoto: Toy Dog Design, Flickrtages of beginning at the Burton Barr Central Library.

Construction has already taken place at the library by SKY Renewable Energy and will occur in two phases to reduce inconvenience to library visitors. The construction will provide power for the library from canopy SolarWings that will be installed in the parking lot.

SolarWing is a Phoenix-based green company that provides covered parking solutions that deliver solar energy.

The installation of 42 SolarWings in the north lot will be able to cover 84 parking spaces, offering both energy to the library and lighting at night.

This $1.3 million project is funded by an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Photo: dougtone, Flickr

Lost Dutchman State Park

Famously named after a lost gold mine, the Lost Dutchman State Park, located 40 miles east of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, is a great place to escape to, especially for those looking for adventure and a chance to strike it rich.

According to legend, Jacob Waltz located a gold mine in the 1870s. He and a fellow comrade supposedly hid one or two caches of gold in the Superstition Mountains. In 1891, Waltz died and the location of the glorious gold mine died with him as well. Clues were left to where the location allegedly is, however, no one has been able to find the mine for the past hundred years.

The gold mine has drawn thousands of visitors that hope to get lucky. All searches end in disappointment and questions as to if Waltz really hid gold inside the mountains.

Besides the infamous, rumored gold mine, the park also offers a variety of trails that lead into both the Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains. Visitors can hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of Flatiron. Those wanting a leisurely stroll through the park can walk along the Native Plant Trail and take in the desert scenery.

While camping or enjoying a picnic at one of the park’s facilities, one of the many native wildlife, including coyote, mule deer, jackrabbit and javelina are bound to be seen. With 72 campsites, the wide-open space is a great place to enjoy the natural wildlife and star gaze at night.

With a plethora of hiking and biking trails, nature walks and a chance to find gold, the Lost Dutchman State Park is a great place to visit for a few hours or even a few days, just don’t get lost trying to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine.

For more information on the Lost Dutchman State Park, including driving directions and park fees, visit www.azstateparks.com.

GGI distributes food scraps to local pig farmers

Local Business Utilizes Extreme Recycling Techniques, Feeds Pigs

Did you know that the leftover foods you leave on your plate at some first class resorts here in Phoenix are saved to help feed pigs? No? Well, one company has taken “going green” to a new level, with not just recycling plastic bottles and cardboard, but going one step further to salvaging recyclable food scraps.

Global Green Integrators (GGI), a local business, is on the prowl to help reduce landfill space and reduce their carbon footprint; and they’ve come up with a unique way to do it.

The company uses “extreme recycling” techniques, with hopes of minimizing food scraps from convention centers, events, resorts and large employers.

Food scraps are sorted out and donated to Arizona pig farms, who then use it as animal feed. The scraps that cannot be used can then be composted, which in turn decreases the amount of waste that would ultimately be dumped into a landfill.

GGI can compost up to five tons a day. Once the food scraps are sorted to remove meat and protein, it’s then given to non-commercial pig farmers, who then feed it to Lisa Pérez, founder of GGI, Photo: Global Green Integratorstheir livestock.

The idea of using pigs as a way to reduce food waste came to Lisa Pérez, founder of GGI, in 2009, while working at the NBA All-Star event. She was asked what her company did with food scraps that were obtained at these events. This got Pérez thinking.

Pérez and her business partner, Chris Garcia, started brainstorming and came up with the idea that local pig farmers might possibly want their help. They did, and today, GGI assists four pig farmers in the valley with donating food scraps, according to Pérez.

GGI has previously contracted with big-name businesses and events, including the NBA All-Star events in downtown Phoenix, FireSky Resort and conventions at the Chase Field, providing ways to also recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, glass and organic material.

“Our goal is to be everybody’s forethought for anyone that has a recycling idea,” Pérez says. “I want them to think of us.”

This local business simply charges clients a fee to remove the recyclable waste, takes everything that can be either recycled or composted, and then provides the recyclables to companies that can reuse the materials.

With a zero-landfill mantra, Pérez’s company has certainly come a long way from when they first started off shredding paper and recycling electronic media.

“We’re innovative,” says Pérez. “We come up with new ideas on how to recycle and reuse. Nobody has ever done what we are currently doing. We want to show you how you are saving the planet.”

Phoenix Convention Center, GoGreen Conference 2011

GoGreen Conference Comes to Phoenix, Educating Business Leaders with Sustainability

Deciding to make your business more sustainable can be a challenging task, especially when profitability is in question. Luckily, Phoenix will be hosting its first GoGreen Conference come Nov. 15 at the Phoenix Convention Center, where business leaders and owners will have a chance to be inspired and educated on sustainable business practices.

The GoGreen Conference is a one-day sustainability event for business owners and leaders. This event program addresses key issues pertaining to sustainability, and gives businesses and organizations a chance to learn how to take these tools and use them in their business practices, according to Ericka Dickey-Nelson, founder of GoGreen Conference and president of Social Enterprises, Inc.

The conferences have been taking place for the last four years, with a goal to educate business leaders with the most recent sustainability practices, and in turn, to put their businesses on a sustainable path.

Derrick Hall, President/CEO Diamondbacks, GoGreen Speaker, Photo: Brian FiskeThe event works with all types of businesses, and each previously held event has been sold out, with each conference educating 600-1,000 attendees.

Some of Arizona’s most successful business leaders working in sustainability will be speaking at the GoGreen Conference, as well as promoting some of the best business practices and tactics to achieve sustainability.

Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been chosen to be a keynote speaker for the event in Phoenix.

“It’s a challenging task to pick a keynote,” Dickey-Nelson says. “Keynotes are a big deal, and we have to choose the ones that are the best. We chose him because of the industry he is in.”

Hall is known for his green tactics, which include the new solar shade outside the Chase Field that generates solar energy for the stadium.

Of course, there have been challenges in promoting sustainability practices and the GoGreen Conference in this improving, yet rocky economy.

“I think the most important thing is relating sustainability practices to businesses,” Dickey-Nelson says. “It deals with money, and we make sure in every session we address profitability and long-term saving.”

The conference has plans for business leaders and owners to leave with an idea of how to successfully change their business practices.

“We want to make your business more sustainable,” Dickey-Nelson says. “We want you to walk away with a tool chest of strategies.”

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GoGreen Conference ’11 Phoenix:
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center, West Building
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Verismic Software Helps Businesses Conserve Energy, Save Money

With the technology era continuously booming with new inventions and ways to make our lives easier, the question of “What will they think of next?” always seems to follow after the unveiling of a new product. With the launch of their new creation, Verismic Software has reached a new level of tying technology in with efforts to “go green” simultaneously.

A leader in PC Power Management, Verismic has recently introduced a completely new way for businesses around the globe to save both energy and money with an application that can be downloaded onto a smartphone.

With the company’s new Verismic Power Manager (VPM), information technology personnel can enable a Wake-on-Web function all with a click from their phone. This function is for computer workstations within business environments and wakes up computers recently turned off to conserve energy by the VPM.

With this function, the IT department in a business is able to gain remote access to a workstation and use it from anywhere, at any time. This, in turn, conserves energy costs. 

Those on the Power Manager 3.0 are informed of their personal contribution to PC energy efficiency. These users are able to compare how efficient they are with their peers, and in turn it increases overall energy effectiveness.

This software works on PCs, Macs and servers, and it manages on both laptops and desktops.

With the goal of promoting the management of PC energy consumption with flexibility, Verismic Power Manager plays an important role with any business that has plans of going green. In this computer age, Verismic is making it easier for businesses to benefit from carbon, energy and cost reductions.

For more information on Verismic, visit www.verismic.com.

Wave Pool, Big Surf, Tempe, Ariz.

Big Surf Now in Full Swing for Summer Months

Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe, Ariz.It started with a fascination with surfing. Phil Dexter wanted to bring the waves to Arizona; and so plans were made, designs sketched and within a year of construction, his dream waterpark Big Surf opened to the public — with just one wave pool.

This was the first of its kind to ever be built in the country, and the park has recently opened for this summer season.

Since the park’s opening in 1969, Big Surf has been expanding and adapting to meet the needs of their park guests. And this season, they’ve added various features and specials.

While its the wave pool that attracts visitors, according to Jeff Golner, spokesperson for Big Surf, the waterpark has something for virtually everyone.

Surfer at Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe, Ariz.“Our wave pool is obviously our main feature,” Golner says. “We have everything for every age, from the toddler that wants to splash around in Captain Cook’s Landing, to the wave pool being relatively advanced; and we have some other slides that are really serious and quick, but very steep and thrilling.”

Not only does Big Surf offer water activities, including surf sessions every day at 5:30 p.m., but corporate and group outings have become a big hit as well, Golner says.

“We’ve seen a lot of interest in major corporations and small business utilizing the park as employee outings or event consigning tickets for employee’s use,” Golner says. “We’re up 35 percent over where corporate and group outings were last year, and it’s continuing to trend up.”

In order for Big Surf to reach its goal of 150,000 attendees, the park is offering specials during the week via social media in order to attract, increase and connect with its audience.

“We’re also focusing a lot of our advertising with deals,” Golner says. “We know that the economy is rough right now so we’re definitely engaging in putting out lots of coupons.”Wave Pool, Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe, Ariz.

Two specials include two-for-one on Tuesdays, and on Wednesdays all Big Surf attendees pay the children’s admittance fee.

“This is a great water park,” Golner says. “It’s a great place to cool off but the atmosphere is extremely family friendly; it’s very affordable as well.”

For more information on Big Surf in Tempe and the other deals the park offers, visit www.bigsurffun.com or call (480) 994-2297.

 

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Big Surf
1500 N. McClintock Dr. / Hayden Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-994-2297
www.bigsurffun.com

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Old Town Scottsdale Sunset, Photo: seantoyer, Flickr

Seven Top Summer Events in Phoenix

Summertime is officially upon us, which means it’s time to relax and enjoy all that Phoenix has to offer. Phoenix has fun and exciting ways to celebrate the weekends during those hot summer months, whether it’s for a holiday or for no reason at all. These seven events are sure to get your mind off the scorching sun and the triple digits, and each are (thankfully) timed just right, when the sun is just beginning to set.

1. Music in the Garden

From 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 10, 17 and 24, head over to the Desert Botanical Garden, where live bands play and guests the chance to dance under the moonlight as well as indulge in the beautiful night weather on the professional ballroom dance floor.

Admission: $21 General, $15 for DBG members

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1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
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2. Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Come hear live bands for free on High Street at CityCenter of CityNorth. A Kids Club Zone is also available with face painting and balloon artists, while adults can take advantage of exclusive restaurant and shopping deals. Open to the public from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on June 11 and 25 and July 9 and 23.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id="grey"]CityCenter of CityNorth
5455 E. High St., Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ, 85054
480-347-1313
www.citycenterofcitynorth.com[/stextbox]

3. Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo

Kids and adults have the chance to experience the zoo like never before! Guests can enjoy animal meet and greets, take part in Squirt Gun Water Wars, and even visit the sting ray exhibit. When the sun begins to set, you can sign up for a guided night hike where you can visit some of your favorite animals and see what they do during the night. Prowl and Play is available from 6-9:30 p.m. on June 11, July 9 and August 13.

Admission: $6

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455 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-273-1341
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4. 5th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest

This festival celebrates Irish author James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses, with Irish food and music, readings from the novel, and of course, beer tasting. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, June 11.

Admission: $25 presale, $35 at the gate
Price includes all activities plus 16 token tickets which can be used towards food and beer.

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1106 North Central Avenue
Phoenix Arizona 85004
602-258-0109
www.azirish.org[/stextbox]

5. After Dark in the Park

From 7-9 p.m. on June 25, community members and families are invited to celebrate an evening full of live music, enjoy cuisine from local food vendors, and watch fireworks.

Admission: Free

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4420 N. 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85031
602-262-6275[/stextbox]

6. Light Up the Sky

At the Maryvale Sports Complex, guests are able to enjoy a night full of different activities, food, entertainment and an outstanding fireworks display to end the night. This is a family oriented and non-alcoholic event and is free to the public. Light Up the Sky takes place on Friday, July 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

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19602 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ, 85027
602-495-3735[/stextbox]

7. Fourth of July Fireworks in Tempe

The Tempe Town Lake offers a patriotic and fun-filled Fourth of July. The event promises local live entertainment, face painters and the Splash Playground for children, as well as a rock climbing wall and rides. The Budweiser Beer Garden will also be open to adults. A spectacular 40-minute firework show will take place from the Mill Avenue Bridge and will be choreographed to patriotic music. The event starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

Admission: $6 at all Fry’s Food Stores, $8 at the gate

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S Rural Rd & E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, Arizona 85281
www.tempe4th.com[/stextbox]

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Boating Adventure at Saguaro Lake

With the start of summer freshly upon us college students, my friends and I decided to start the much anticipated break with a memorable trip. What better way to celebrate our hard work than to pack up our truck and boat and head to beautiful Tonto National Forest here in east central Arizona to relax and swim in the refreshing water at Saguaro Lake?

Starting early in the morning, our group drove to the east side of the valley past Tempe in search of our summer destination. After the 45-minute drive full of rowdy college students talking, laughing and singing to the latest tunes on the radio, we made it to the dock where we unloaded the boat into the water.

After everyone was situated, and after we were unpleasantly surprised by the wind’s decision to direct the sunscreen’s blasts in our mouths, we departed for the east side of the lake to start our fun. The brisk, cool wind whipped our hair on our faces as the boat flew across the water.

The temperature was perfect; the Arizona heat wasn’t too hot for May, and the water was refreshing to the touch. Saguaro Lake, Tonto National Forest, Arizona, Photo: Andrea Crandall

The boat came to a stop, with the group deciding that our first water adventure was going to be wakeboarding. One by one, all 10 of us took our turns, some more experienced than others. This was my first attempt at wakeboarding, and to be honest, I found it quite challenging. I would successfully get pulled up to be on top of the water, only to fall over a split second later. My good friend Miranda boarded the water with ease, making the sport look all too easy to do. Nevertheless, we all had a good time in the water.

After a few hours of wakeboarding, our stomachs were growling with hunger. We pulled over to an area between canyon walls, which offered shade from the now scorching sun. We all ate, relaxed and bobbed our heads to the loud music, resting our bodies before our next activity took place.

With our minds and bodies recharged, our next course of action was to go tubing. With a rope connecting a large water tube to the boat, two by two we went out with our life jackets and faced the adrenaline of being whipped around the lake with the fear of being thrown off and a chance to become airborne while hitting a wave.

Without a doubt, tubing is unbelievably fun, and even more humorous to watch. To watch the faces of pure excitement turning into concentration and fear is amusing. It is a good idea to wear tight shorts while tubing, however. Getting thrown off and hitting the water at an angle gives you a high possibility that those may come completely off, which a few of us experienced that day.

The tubing left us all exhaustePhoto: hydrollix, Flickrd. We laughed about the wipe outs and how much fun it was. With our recently sunburned faces and tired bodies, we cleaned up the boat and headed to the dock. We easily hooked the boat back up to the truck and headed home just as the sun was setting, remembering all the fun moments we had just previously shared.

Wakeboarding, tubing and swimming at the lake was successful, with everyone having a great time. It was a perfect way to start off the summer break and left us determined to do it all again sometime very soon.