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Out of the Blue

October 7, 2015

The FIRST EVER “Cruise for Wildlife” fundraiser for Liberty Wildlife took place Saturday night on a stunning houseboat on Lake Pleasant.  Nautically dressed Scottsdale residents (just less than 60) were treated to a very memorable evening!

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Start with the houseboat “Out of the Blue”–  It’s fabulous!  Elegant, gorgeous and comfortable for your family or a group.  You don’t have to wait for a special event, you can rent this gem for your friends and family. What a great vacation option!  Plenty of space, a lake in the desert for swimming and water sports – a perfect formula for great memories.  Getting married?  Why not have your special day aboard this special vessel?  Company events? Charity events such as the one I attended?  Reward your staff or raise funds in style!

Then cruise miles of hidden canyons and the scenic shoreline of Lake Pleasant on a perfect desert evening.  The beauty doesn’t end when the sun goes down – look up.  Yes, you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye.  Stargazing away from the light pollution of the city and have some wishes handy, look – there’s a shooting star!

But this special evening was a fundraising event for Liberty Wildlife.  If you live in the Phoenix area and don’t know Liberty Wildlife, you should!  This wonderful organization rescues injured, imprinted or orphaned birds and other native wildlife (yes, even snakes and Gila monsters) with an eye to releasing rehabilitated animals back into the wild.  Megan Mosby was on hand to share information about the great work done by Liberty Wildlife as was Carol, the volunteer coordinator and of course,  handlers for “Aurora”.  20151003_183706_resized

John, Sunny & Aurora

John, Sunny & Aurora

How about getting up close and personal with Aurora, one of Liberty Wildlife’s resident bald eagles!?!  We’ve all seen pictures, eagles on television or movies but nothing prepares you for the size and majesty of standing next to one of our national treasures!   Even though she’s not a “night owl”,  Aurora seemed happy to stay up late and sail with us for the evening.

The food was plentiful and delicious – from wraps to shrimp to hummus and roasted veggies.  Great wine, beer and cocktails too.  A nice sweet treat to end the evening?  Personalized cookies!

Please, please, please make this an annual event!  But if you missed it and are interested, there are other wildlife events throughout the year open to the public and you can access the calendar here.  Stay connected to Liberty Wildlife as they prepare to move to their new facility next spring.  Once there they will be open to the public – something you’ll surely not want to miss!

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Rocky Mountain High

September 14, 2012

If you ski or snowboard you may only think of ski resorts only once the snow starts falling but they are great late summer/early fall destinations. For us, its Deer Valley, Utah in the Wasatch mountains but that’s not a song title!

Room rates are a bargain!  Lots of availability translates to discount rates.  Tons of time share condos sit empty during summer and fall offering you family size spaces for budget prices.

Outdoor concerts, parades, festival, markets and fairs. Summer through early September many resorts offer lots of family friendly entertainment.

 

More for your money.  During ski season spas are booked solid but during the shoulder season, the staff isn’t busy so you are likely to get extra pampering and some extras for free or reduced rates.  My friend spent the whole day there and is still raving about it!

Great weather.  The sun shines most of September so you can catch some late season rays by the pool and you won’t have to fight for chairs.
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Lots to do.  Hikes of all levels from tennis shoe trails to geared up mountain hikes.  Mountain biking trails.  Chairlift access to trails or just as a scenic rideZip lines are showing up at many mountain resorts.

There is likely fly-fishing, ATV rentals, kayaking, jet-skiing, tubing and more nearby.

Play golf?  Even the low cost public courses are beautiful and a great way to enjoy the emerging fall color.
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Fine dining.  Scoring a prime time reservation at the best restaurants during ski season requires planning months in advance.  Not so in the summer and fall.  Many have patio or rooftop dining options and promotional specials – especially during the week.

 

Stargaze.  Drive to the highest point you can and watch the sunset.  Bring blankets and lay down to watch the stars come out.  Away from city light pollution you can see the Milky Way without a telescope.

If you like to be active or just want to spa, lounge by the pool and enjoy fine dining – plan an early September trip to your favorite resort mountain.  You may decide to make it an annual event.


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