Leave Winter Behind: Scottsdale's Balmy Breezes Await

| 3/6/2015 4:06:00 PM

Marilyn JonesIn the distance slivers of sunlight creep over the mountains lighting the sky in crimson, faded tangerine and pale yellow, and illuminate the desert floor. This is the beginning of another perfect day in Scottsdale; a day of soaring above the otherworldly landscape in a hot air balloon with 11 other adventurers and our pilot David.



Although the desert can get chilly at night, by the time we are airborne, it’s already in the 70s as we glide over miles of cactus, shrubs and small trees surrounded by cinnamon colored mountains pushing their way skyward. The seemingly barren landscape supports its own ecosystem of birds, rodents and jackrabbits, we are told by David, as we watch a coyote sprint across the brown earth.

Scottsdale, named for the first European landowner Winfield Scott, has been attracting visitors since the early 1880s when Scott purchased the 640 acres that is now Downtown Scottsdale. Today there are nearly 220,000 year-round residents with another 8 million visiting every year; drawn by warm temperatures, resorts and spas, and a myriad of things to do.

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