Just Beat It…

April 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm (Around Town)

It’s sneaking up on us like a lion hunts its prey. You know it’s coming, but it’s too late to do anything about it except brace yourself and hope you survive. That’s right my fellow Phoenicians. I’m talking about the one, the only…the rising heat. Can you feel it coming? I definitely can. I’ve lived in the Valley for several years now, but I’m still trying to perfect the Desert Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Heat. While every other state stores their snow boots and waits for their 75 degree weather, we’ve already had our “summer” and now extreme heat is on the horizon. So far, the fact that we have pools on practically every corner has been my saving grace, but this summer, I plan on expanding my fighting tactics against the heat. We can’t let the approaching 120 degree temperatures scare us. Let’s just stock up on sunscreen, bathing suits and hats and take a look at the summer tips I’ve gathered so far. As it gets hotter and we start seeing visions of a beach in the desert oasis, I’ll contuine to add to my guide on ways to beat the heat this summer.

Beat the Heat – Part I

Day trips close to home but away from the heat.

Slide Rock 

F.D.D. Note – If you’re planning on visiting Slide Rock this summer, be sure to visit early in the year rather than August. It’s a much better experience in May or June!

The Flintstones missed out on this treat in Bedrock. Slide Rock makes its home in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona and is a popular water spot for residences and traveler’s alike. Visitors experience a natural rock formation that allows you to actually slide down a natural water slide. It doesn’t get much better then this! In addition, it’s only a couple hour drive from Phoenix, so you can take a day-long trip, explore Arizona and make it home to sleep in your own bed before night fall.  For more information, visit: http://azstateparks.com/Parks/SLRO/

Hours of Operation:

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend: 8 am – 7 pm

May and September: 8 am – 6 pm

October through April: 8 am – 5 pm

Fossil Springs

Would you like to go to Hawaii? Me too. 🙂 But, for those of us who are unable to make the tropical journey this year, we have an alternative option right in our own backyard. Ok, technically it’s an hour and a half away from Phoenix, but compared to Hawaii, it’s a stone’s throw away! The name is Fossil Springs and it’s a secret wilderness and water oasis in Arizona. Located near Strawberry Arizona, hikers have the option to do the long hike (around 8 miles) or the short hike (just a couple miles). But, either hike has a similar pot of gold at the end – a beautiful waterfall just waiting for you to jump into! When I first heard about Fossil Springs and the similarities between Hawaii, I thought Pinocchio was telling me a lie, but once I arrived and did both hikes, I realized that this wasn’t a tall tale. The hike is gorgeous. Imagine a combination between desert beauty and lush wildness and creeks. The longer hike had a better ending, but both hikes were gorgeous. At the end of the eight mile hike (roundtrip), hikers find several springs, a natural lazy river and water holes all situated within trees and shade. It’s the perfect getaway in July, but promise me you check the monsoon weather report before you start. 🙂

Sweet Tooth Note: On your way home from the long hike, stop by the Goat’s Milk Farm and try their Goat’s Milk Fudge. We couldn’t resist seeing if goat’s milk fudge was eatable and not only is it eatable, but it’s delectable and melts in your mouth! After you’ve had a taste, let me know what you think.

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