Peak Water and Arizona Landscaping Practices

The Phoenix metropolitan area, with an annual precipitation of approximately 7.7 inches per year, is designated as a desert region. Nonetheless, grass lawns are a surprisingly common occurrence in the Valley of the Sun, and in those lawns, sprinkler systems are nearly omnipresent. At the same time that Phoenicians are watering their lush, green lawns and gardens, the Southwest is progressing ever closer to what is known as Peak Water, or the point at which the demand for water extends beyond physical, economic, and environmental limits on meeting that demand. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego has assessed the Peak Water situation and predicts that Lake Mead, which is the primary reservoir in the Colorado River system, the major source of water for most of the Southwest, and the largest reservoir in the United States, may run dry by 2021. Already, the water levels in the Colorado River are so low that the river no longer reaches its natural delta.

With major supplies of water reaching these dire conditions, the Southwest can no longer sustain its current water consumption.

Large industries and utilities like Intel’s manufacturing plants in Chandler, the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant outside of Phoenix, and agricultural projects on the outskirts of the metropolitan area share a large portion of the total water usage, but average citizens, particularly homeowners, also consume considerable amounts of water per year. With the Phoenix metropolitan area’s rapid population growth, homeowners increasingly share a role in the Peak Water situation. According to an article on Peak Water in Wired magazine, the population of the greater valley “is expected to nearly [sic] double in the next 20 years.”

With the understanding that water is reaching such a startling scarcity and the demand is consistently rising, time has come to rethink the ways in which water is used in the Arizona. Arizona is simply not equipped with the resources to sustain any frivolous applications of its water supply, and maintaining a lawn is, unfortunately, one of the many water allocations with which Arizonians could do without.

Although Arizona’s climate and its water resources cannot sustain most landscaping practices indefinitely, some possibilities for creative, sustainable landscaping projects still do exist. The natural biodiversity of a desert region is surprisingly high. Xerophytes (literally “dry-plants”) have the water conservation mechanisms and heat tolerance necessary to survive in a desert climate, and Arizona has a plethora of indigenous xerophytes. Brittlebush, mesquite, desert hollies, hackberries, poppies, sotols, ephedras, ocotillos, cacti, prickly pears, paloverdes, junipers, yuccas, Joshua trees, and desert pines are all xerophytes indigenous to Arizona.

The best way to limit water usage when landscaping is to conform to the limitations and demands created by the local ecosystem and climate, and try to cultivate as many indigenous species as possible. In addition to the ecological sustainability of indigenous-only planting, there are also a manifold of other benefits behind indigenous-only planting. Indigenous plants are cheaper and easier to obtain, transport, and transplant. Indigenous plants require drastically less maintenance than non-indigenous plants. Aesthetically, non-indigenous plants, such as palms, may appear exotic or paradisiacal, but indigenous plants create a more unique and authentic appearance of natural beauty and continuity with the surrounding landscape. Many Arizonian species, such as saguaros, have distinctive, sometimes bizarre colors and shapes, which, through Western films, National Geographic spreads, and postcards, have become icons and symbols of Arizona and are embedded in the popular conception of the Southwest. Perhaps the greatest reward for focusing on indigenous planting is the profound connection with the land that is engendered by studying the climate, soil, flora, and fauna of Arizona and learning how to cultivate plants under the challenging conditions Arizona presents.

Mesa, Arizona Housing Market

Mesa is a suburban city in Arizona and is the third largest one in the United States of America. It is a city located in Maricopa County and frequently flaunts its name amongst the well-known cities of Arizona.

There are approximately 147,210 households and 34% of them are children who live with their parents. Around 10% of the population is 65 years old or older. Thus, there is a very heterogeneous demographic behavior in the city. The “Marlborough Mesa” has won a community award. Homes in Mesa, Arizona for sale are mainly found in communities like Estate Grove Valencia Est, Red Mountain Ranch, United Amigos, and Fountain of the Sun.

Among these neighborhoods the highest average listing price is $950,855 and goes down to as low as $72,120. The highest average listing price has recently crept down 0.7%.

There are around 129 district schools and that clearly show the quality of the educational infrastructure. Mesa, Arizona has an average price of $195 per square foot, which was an increase of about 83% compared to the price per square foot at the same time last year.

Other than Mesa new homes for sale in Arizona, presently 5698 pre-foreclosure houses, bank-owned stages or auctions and 2825 resale homes are available for the interested buyers in this area. The median sales prices for Mesa have gone down by 16.5% or $132,000 according to the latest updates.

Amenities and entertainment centers of the city are quite attractive when compared to the other areas of Arizona. The transportation network in the city is quite well developed. Freeways like Superstition Freeway, buses and Metro rails make commuting very convenient.

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To Sail the Arizona Sea

Once during a weekend getaway as a child, I took notice of the changing flora around me. While heading to the Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson, I paid special attention to all of the differences between the saguaro studded desert floor of the “Valley of the Sun” where I am from, (a.k.a. Phoenix and nearby settlements), and the constantly differing recently encountered landscape biota. The green candle shaped “:desert trees” were soon accompanied by large Yucca plants and rather large fields of grass.

It was if I had been almost instantly transported to some other strange world. The mountains nearby transformed from merely hills near where I live, to those dwarfing the medium sized Superstition Range nearer my house. Even the mountain boasting lofty “Four Peaks” was no match for the prominence of these beasts! Passing around the side of one of these giants, we we were soon in the city that was sought out.

Throughout our stay I, my brother and sister, and our parents spent over half the day at the desert museum, then we shifted our attention to the famous western filming location, Old Tucson. Regrettably most of the buildings on those grounds have since burned down is a furious fire. The attraction has been rebuilt, however.

After leaving both places and heading home, which was about half an hour prior to the sun setting, again those hues of gold, green, and the distant blue of the mountainside presented themselves with unrelenting grandeur! Another thing that stood out, was that unlike many of the mountainsides near my home, these were not fully carpeted with trees on the upper slopes, but gigantic rocky exposures dominated a good percentage of the surface area. This gives these ranges kind of a mottled appearance. I love the way they look!

From observing the various vegetation derived landscape surfaces, it was easy to see in action what I had read about, and had seen in a much more limited quantity in the Matazal range, or almost undetectable slowly varying phases of slow gradual ascents from my residence to Mogollon Rim upper levels. These were drastic, no nonsense steps into higher altitudes. How much could these different biological communities be? Clues pointed to the answer being that they were quite large, as the banded transition zones were very visually pronounced.

A few days later, when gazing into the depths of a few maps and my parent’s Arizona atlas, I studies the elevation changes in not only the Santa Catalina Mountains, the ones which had caught my attention while on the prior visit south, but to many other characteristically similar nearby ranges. It was apparent that a dozen, then afterword perhaps twice that many, were present in this region. The Pinalenos fascinated me the most, as that steep mass of mountain represented the greatest vertical relief in all of Arizona!

Mount Graham, which is the highest named peak of the range, rises over 6,3000 feet, (1900 M) above it’s base, however on the other side of the mountain,the town of Safford, just ten miles away, lies almost eight thousand feet (twenty four hundred meters), below the mighty summit! Much of the ridge crest is within a one thousand feet, (300 M), of the highest peak,, making the silhouette all the more impressive, and the hiking a lot more enjoyable. Although the tallest, (prominence), and possessing the highest summit, (elevation), these mountains are far from being the only spectacular wonder scattered about this section of the North American landmass.

Others with names such as the Santa Teresa, Chiricachua, Santa Rita, Huachuca, Rincon, and Galiuro, just to name a few, were introduced to me. A few I had heard of before, but had not noted their significance, or understood their closely interrelated proximity. Apparently these masses of the Earth followed a dispersion pattern tapering from the glorious Sierra Madres of Mexico, as if in an almost vain effort to reach out and provide a bridge to the next massive geographical feature along their path into Arizona, the Colorado Plateau. This is why some of the mid to northern of these mountain ranges exhibit biota indicative of both the Rock Mountains and more southerly oriented ranges of Mexico.

The confluence of geographical features allows for this irregular geology, giving rise to not only variances in latitude specific species, but to those which greatly differ from one elevation to the next! These distinct miniature biomes exist only on certain heights of the mountains. Roughly on the same elevation plains one other, life zones exist on each of the mountain masses which make up what is commonly, or often uncommonly referred to as Arizona’s “Sky Islands”.

The flora and fauna develop in tandem, however isolated by great distances and seas of baking desert floors below. This sea of aridity surrounds these communities dynamically thriving in parallel, prohibiting any cross-range travelers, save for a few birds and drifting spores. These conditions could as well describe an ocean bound archipelago like the Galapagos for example, for the similarities are astounding. Oh, if Charles Darwin had only spent his life in Arizona! I believe he would have come to the same conclusions that he had on those shoreline harboring worlds off the South American coast.

Maybe in the very near future I will be making no plans to sail the oceans or walk on some distant untraveled hidden island chain, but with a little free time and a manageable amount of gas money, then a visit to some of the members of the Madrean Archipelago, another name given to the biologically distinct sky-reaching mountains which I have been describing, would not be out of range. I shall don my life preserver and climb into my boat, er truck, to sail the seas of the little known islands of southeastern Arizona!

Hello, I am both native to and am a current resident of the great state of Arizona. I would like the world to know just how amazing this “kingdom of differing biomes” really is! I grew up going outdoors as much as my family desired to, which was quite often. There are literally many differing worlds here. I encourage all to read my pages and ponder the significance of the outdoors and the impact it has on our lives. Perhaps one day humankind will understand why we should not abandon hope of preserving it’s pristine nature!

Riding Arizona, Experiencing the Desert on Horseback

The dramatic beauty of Arizona is hard to match. Seeing it on horseback is electrifying and far more satisfying than glimpsing it from cars and planes.

The emotional experience of Arizona’s ancient geological marvels can be overwhelming. Some of them have inspired paintings, literature, music, movies, marriages and visions. The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly are stunning enough to warrant separate rides.

– The Grand Canyon covers approximately three thousand square miles, most a mile below sea level. The Colorado River flows through this colorful and massive rift in the Colorado plateau, which is also host to hundreds of vertebrates.

– The iconic sandstone buttes of Monument Valley rise a thousand feet above the Colorado plateau just west of the four corners area. These famous rock formations have been used in many commercials, movies and videos.

– Canyon de Chelly, meaning the canyon in the rock, consists of Navajo lands now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. One of the park’s most distinctive geologic features is Spider Rock, a sandstone spire 800 feet tall.

But there’s more.

Arizona is also a state with strong cowboy traditions. This is plain to see in the old working ranches that dot the countryside. Some of them boast fine horses and many borrow from the tradition of the vaquero. The western saddle used by American cowboys today came from Spain via Mexico to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

The Navajo, whose traditions dominate this area, have preserved their ancient culture here for centuries. Their lasting important influences include handcrafts, music and animal husbandry.

Riding Arizona on horseback gives you the chance to see the country upclose while enjoying a historic and natural mode of transportation. Some of the best terrain for invigorating gallops is in the west, and Arizona has more than its share. On horseback, you can get into the heart of a place at a comfortable pace to see what the mass of tourists miss. It is their great loss and your gain.

Around the world, local people are far more likely to open up to horseback riders than to tourists spilling out of buses and cars. A ride in Arizona is a chance to experience geology, flora, fauna, culture and legend that simply cannot be apprehended in a flyover or a drive by.

Bayard Fox has been riding for 70 years on six continents and has ridden enough miles to circle the globe several times. He is owner and founder of Equitours Worldwide Horseback Riding Vacations. He and his wife also own the Bitterroot Dude Ranch where they raise and train Arabian horses.

Canadians Buy 2nd Homes in Arizona Community

For Canadian retirees, Heritage Highlands in Southern Arizona provides the perfect second home. An active adult golf community, it is nestled in suburban Tucson, Arizona, in the magnificent Sonoran Desert. It provides the perfect balance of a warm dry desert climate and small town feel, world class golf, and a wide variety of cultural entertainment, dining,and sport opportunities. Canadians from Ontario, British Columbia, Calgary, and Alberta currently call Heritage Highlands their winter home.

Located at an elevation of about 3000 feet, Heritage Highlands at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, northwest of Tucson is a gated, 24/7 controlled-access community. With only 1,297 homes, it is a friendly, low-density community. It is a part of the greater 6,200-acre, scenic, Dove Mountain master planned community, overlooking Tucson and the home of the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort. Residents enjoy their own private golf course, lighted tennis courts, salt water pool and spa, 5,500-square-foot fitness center, club house, restaurant and the benefits of the larger Dove Mountain community.

Canadians appreciate the ease of flying directly into Phoenix, Arizona’s Sky Harbor Airport and the short hour and a half car or shuttle ride south to Dove Mountain. Many Canadian homeowners considered buying in metro Phoenix prior to discovering Heritage Highlands. Reasons for their choosing Heritage Highlands over Phoenix include the wonderful golf, relaxed lifestyle, young demographics, and outstanding desert and mountain scenery. Traffic jams don’t exist in Dove Mountain and golf carts are a popular mode of transportation.

The most attractive aspect of the Heritage Highlands country club lifestyle might be the cost. Single family resale homes currently are priced between US$160,000 and US$500,000. Monthly homeowners’ association dues are US$160, and real estate taxes are approximately one percent annually of the sale price of a home. Construction of homes in was completed in 2008, and many resale houses have been “gently” occupied as vacation homes and are re-sold partially or fully furnished. Homes feature low maintenance private yards and patios, and many enjoy mountain and golf course views.

The strong Canadian dollar and the weak Arizona real estate market currently provide Canadians the perfect opportunity to purchase a luxury winter home at a bargain price.

Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Bill SB1070 – Our Nation Divided

One of the most controversial provisions in Arizona Senate bill SB1070 made being an illegal immigrant a state crime. That provision was struck down last month, and an appeal by the State is pending.

Before the bill reached the floor of the Arizona Senate, local law enforcement was already conducting random immigrations sweeps. Supporters of the immigration sweeps argue that all illegal aliens should be detained because it is unequivocally a crime to be in the country illegally. Anticipating that SB1070 would duly authorize law enforcement to arrest people for the new state crime of being an illegal immigrant, new tents were erected in the Maricopa County jail to house illegal immigrant detainees. Associated Press reported that spots were made for 1,000 additional prisoners and more tents could be added as necessary to house those newly arrested of the state crime.

Opponents, on the other hand, view construction of the new tents as further evidence that SB1070 was intended to target Mexican immigrants. Others equate the tents to random immigration sweeps: a squandering of county resources. They argue that if the United States Border Patrol has the resources and jurisdiction to prosecute the federal crime of being in the United States illegally, then county resources should be ear-marked for crimes under Arizona state laws or local ordinances – not federal crimes. The constitutionality of the random immigrations sweeps is still under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Argument that the new state crime of being an illegal immigrant is necessary because violent crimes have increased is not supported by the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Crimes History published by the City of Phoenix. While Phoenix’s population has increased from 1,276,510 in 1999 to 1,679,895 in 2009, crime has decreased from 94,880 to 74,786, respectively. Violent and property crimes which previously peaked at 110,423 in 2002 have reduced over 25%. Further, the nonpartisan Immigration Policy Institute found that (1) crime rates have been falling in Arizona for years “despite the presence of unauthorized immigrants, and (2) “a century’s worth of research has demonstrated that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native born.”

While the Courts determine the fate of the controversial SB1070 provision, Arizona law enforcement continues to detain illegal immigrants at the local level by charging them with the felony crime of “Conspiracy to Commit Human Smuggling and Conspiracy,” for having transported themselves illegally into the United States. Although being an illegal immigrant is not yet an official state crime, it is identified as a “crime” on the Maricopa county web page. At http://www.mcso.org/ individuals can search “MugShots” by type of crime, including “Illegal Immigrants.”

For now, it appears that the citizens of Arizona and the United States will remain sharply divided on SB1070. Hopefully the Courts will shed some much needed clarity on this controversy.

Gilbert Town, Arizona Hotels Reviewed

Hotels in Gilbert Town, Arizona: Gilbert Town is one of the fastest growing communities in the US, this has led to a good, diverse, economy; but I hear you shout “What can you do there on holiday?” So here are some good ideas and great days out while you are here in Gilbert Town. If you and the family like to see birds then a must do has to be the Riparian Preserve; where you can see some 200 different bird types as well as walk the four mile trail. If you like to fish they have that here also; at the lake at Water Ranch. They offer you bird walks and the chance to learn more about the balance of nature and mankind.

There is the Heritage District, which marks the original Gilbert Town and here you can find great restaurants, unique shops and shopping opportunities. More shopping can be found in the Gilbert Town Square but this is more your normal retail shopping. There is the local museum that is housed in the original school; this is called the Gilbert Historical Society Museum and tells you about the areas history. Freestone Park is going to be a great hit with the children as here they not only have playgrounds but Gilbert’s Skate Park as well as a train and sports courts. If you all like a good trail then here you have some great choices, as you can walk the canals or bike and multi-use trails, there is loads to see and do from horse trail to unmarked bike trails.

Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix

Gilbert 3265 South Market Street

Gilbert, Arizona 85297 USA

This hotel offers the guest a complimentary beverage area as well as a good complimentary breakfast. There is an on-site gift shop for the guests to use as well as having a coin laundry. This hotel offers the guest local area transport and this can help you see and do more this holiday. Here there is a nice size outdoor pool as well as having space to sit, or lie, in the sun. There is also a spa near the pool. The guest can also use the fitness room in the hotel. The lobby has comfortable seating as well as the guest room seating. The rooms are clean and well decorated with great beds and lovely bedding. There is high speed internet access in all the rooms as well as a lap desk. The room has good in-room entertainment with HBO as well as the clock radio having MP3 compatible for your own music. There is movie channel availability in all rooms. There are restaurants nearby, so eating out is not a problem. At the hotel they do a good breakfast as well as great fresh cookies and coffee throughout the day.

Hyatt Place Phoenix

Gilbert 3275 S. Market Street

Gilbert, AZ 85297 USA

This hotel offers the guest a good free breakfast as well as having free Wi-Fi in the whole hotel. There is an outdoor pool for the guests to use as well as an e-room that has computers and printer. There is free parking on-site and this hotel is new so the decoration and furnishings are very good. The rooms have a good size and the beds are really comfortable, with great in room entertainment. You have all the normal items, like coffer makers as well as things like their oversized cozy corner sofa beds. The café offers the guests made to order meals and there is a Starbucks coffee house on-site as well. This hotel has a 24 hour guest kitchen. The whole hotel is very stylish and modern with luxury all around. This hotel has self service check in and check out kiosks.

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Phoenix Arizona and Its Hotels

Phoenix is also known as the valley of sun. It is named as Phoenix because this place was created from the ruins of ancient civilization. It is the capital city of the state of Arizona and is a major transportation hub in North America. This city has got everything like from arts, museums, events to parks and various recreation areas. It has a warm climate and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is a beautiful city that is growing rapidly. It has hot summers combined with mild winters. Phoenix is both a pleasant place to live and work, and a fun place to visit. While the atmosphere in Phoenix is hot, yet it is a nice thing to be for various outdoor activities like golf.

Going to Phoenix but consider the problem of looking a hotel, then the fact is that it is not at all a problem. There are a number of cheap price hotels, and the elegant and budget hotels. Various hotels are scattered over the city. So, you can have the best hotel at an affordable price. Searching the perfect and suitable hotel in Phoenix is not very hard. Hotels can be found at the downtown part of the city, surrounding the airports and to some distant places that surrounds Phoenix.

The hotels here offer the most pleasurable and relaxing services equipped with modern and complete facilities. You can even look out yourself for the best hotel that will be available at an affordable cost with no compromise in the services. You can browse online.

Cheap Hotels

These hotels are for those who can’t afford to spend much while on tour. There are a number of cheap hotels in and around phoenix and some of them are Hilton Garden Inn Airport, Budget Lodge Downtown, Courtyard, Hampton Anthem, Sleep Inn Airport etc.

Luxury Hotels

The luxury hotels are also here and they offer world class services to their customers. There are a plenty of luxurious hotels and some of them are- the Phoenician, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Destination Hotels, the Boulders Resort, JW Marriott Desert Ridge etc.

Airport Hotels

Many people wish to stay around airport. And even there are various hotels surrounding airport. There are a number of excellent lodgings available near to airport and some of them are Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and Hilton etc.

So, if you are in the city of phoenix then there is no need to worry as there are a number of hotels that will be available to you at the affordable rates. The city of phoenix will never disappoint you. There are plenty of hotels in various areas of the city.

Sedona, Arizona – The Center For Spiritual Awareness and Personal Evolution

Lovers of the Arts, the Spiritual and New Age enthusiests all come together in Sedona, Arizona.

This colorful, mostly beautiful Red Rock landscape has been referred to by many as, ‘The most beautiful place on earth.’

Now while this is a broad statement the mere fact that so many have made it means there is at least something of interest going on in this Northern Arizona travel destination.

Sedona, Arizona offers a rich mix of jaw dropping scenery, courtesy of the beautiful Red Rocks carefully placed by Mother Nature throughout the Verde Valley that attracts a collection of some of the Southwest’s most talented artists; painters, sculpture, writers as well as followers of all things spiritual and metaphysical.

Combine the magnificent natural beauty Sedona, Arizona is famous for along with the area’s natural centers of positive energy, called vortexes, and your visit to Sedona will be a very elevating experience. It is estimated that perhaps half of the people who live in Sedona are here because it feels so good to be here.

A variety of spiritual and personal growth oriented groups and businesses thrive in the Sedona area bringing with them a diversity of spiritual practices, health, and self-improvement and healing modalities.

Sedona’s Creative Life Center presents programs emphasizing personal growth and development processes, metaphysics and spirituality, consciousness-expansion and creativity enhancement, uplifting musical performances, and alternative approaches to health and well-being.

Those that appreciate fine art can explore the more than forty local art galleries. Sedona is considered to be a premier destination for art lovers from all over the world. Many artists choose to live and create their art in Sedona surrounded by the natural beauty Mother Nature has created. The Sedona Gallery Association represents the collaborative efforts of the premiere galleries in Sedona to ensure that art lovers and artist alike experience the best art environment imaginable. The association provides a unified voice to advance standards of excellence and raise awareness to ensure high quality for all Sedona patrons.

Alternative Healings:
Sedona is a Mecca for alternative healers. Living this close to the beauty of the land has inspired many profoundly holistic approaches to health. Our body-temples are complex multi-dimensional organisms, and Sedona healers apply their gifts to every level of the body/mind/spirit spectrum. You will benefit from their intuitive skills and compassionate hearts as well as their intellectual training and hands-on experience. So, whether you’re currently troubled with health issues — or are simply seeking more wellness, pleasure and balance in your life — a visit to one of these dedicated practitioners could open up new worlds for you.

Spiritual Awakening:
Sedona offers many wonderful guides into the invisible realms of heart, mind and soul. Their approaches vary from cutting-edge technologies like Life Coaching and Human Design, to the ancient arts of Astrology and Shamanism. These guides can help you become more conscious and clear about your secret patterns and motivations. While you’re in Sedona, let them show you how to use the red rocks and the vortex energies to deepen your experience.

The Spirit of the Land:
The natural beauty of Sedona is extraordinary from any perspective, but the closer you get, the deeper your experience will be. Special Sedona guides can transport you through the physical landscape and into the heart of the wild. Let the spirits of the land speak to you. Our Native brothers and sisters are sharing their tribal wisdom, showing us how to live in harmony with the earth and all our relations. Some of the most profound spiritual experiences in Sedona are to be found out on the land.

Sedona Vortexes Made Simple:
Sedona Vortex sites are popular tourist attractions. What are these Sedona vortexes? Vortex sites are enhanced energy locations that facilitate prayer, meditation, mind/body healing, and exploring your relationship with your Soul and the divine. They are neither electric nor magnetic (although these words are often used to describe the vortexes, along with the other nomenclature such as masculine or feminine sites). The explanation for vortexes lies more at the boundaries of known science, rather than in electromagnetic descriptions or gender related labels.

Recently the PBS program Nova, featured a breakthrough in physics called “String Theory” (also known as super-strings) that is revolutionizing all of science on the same order of magnitude that Einstein’s discoveries did in the early 1900’s. The key spiritual implications of Super-Strings are that the world’s top scientists agree that all things exist in a minimum of 10 or more dimensions. Simply stated Vortex sites are locations having energy flows in those deeper dimensions that the Soul can soar on.

Up flow Vortexes (also called electric or masculine sites) have energy flows that help you soar to higher spiritual perspectives. They enhance prayers or meditations for blending with the Universe, feeling one with the divine, or facing a problem from a Soul level. Inflow Vortexes (also called magnetic or feminine) have energy flows that help you go inward. In them you will be more successful with meditations or prayers about your life purposes or how to heal hurts in your past. There are also Combination Vortexes that have aspects of both energies. These allow the seeker to experience more advanced or in depth spiritual skills and meditations.

A wide variety of lectures, texts, and Guides are available through Sedona’s bookstores and Spiritual Centers to assist you in experiencing the power of Sedona’s Vortex sites. Give yourself the gift of tapping Sedona’s potential for spiritual renewal and advancement.

Christmas Events in Arizona

The Mesa Mormon Temple is best known for its annual Christmas light display along with its nightly live performance with many live animals (including camels). The two block area of the temple is decorated with over 3 million Christmas lights and draped over tall palms, ponds and rose gardens. It’s a big draw for people from all four corners in Arizona every year as well as visitors from other states. The event runs nightly from the last week in November through the first week in January. The temple is located just east of Stapley Road on the south side of Main Street in Mesa.

Glendale Glitters will celebrate its 10th year with a month long festival including over a million lights sprawled over 12 blocks in the heart of the city. There is a shuttle service to transport visitors from the parking areas to the center of the event. The lights and decorations are breathtaking. There are many live concerts and performances, food, live entertainment, visits from Santa, hot air balloons, horse and buggy rides pulled by Clydesdale horses and plenty of shopping opportunity. The event is located at 56th Avenue and Glendale Road in Glendale.

The Gilbert Islands Community located on Warner Road just west of Cooper Road in Gilbert holds its annual lighted boat shoe at it’s three man-made lakes. Santa and Mrs. Clause also make a visit for photo opportunities. Cookies, hot cocoa and coffee are served to guests. The event is free of charge. Each of the three lakes hold its own boat parade on a specific Saturday night at sunset during the month of December. The residents homes sit on the lakes and many own house boats. Residents decorate their boats and enter the competition. The residents on the boats are known for tossing candy onto the shores where the spectators line up to view the parade. Many boats have families playing their instruments and singing Christmas songs.

Rawhide located in Scottsdale holds its annual “Christmas on Main Street” the month of December through the first week in January. Festivities include live music, fudge making, carolers, old wild west gun fights and falling snow along Main Street. There is also a petting zoo, many boutiques and interesting shops, fabulous steaks, old salon, and children’s activities. This is a must for anyone visiting Scottsdale. Reservations are highly recommended.

Payson, Arizona is a wonderful place to head for exciting Christmas events. The festivities start with a courthouse tree lighting which takes place the first week in December. Main Street is lined with Christmas carolers, falling snow, live music and entertainment and local vendors with their artistic creations. Hot cocoa, coffee and cookies are offered along the Main Street walk-way. There are many shops filled with excellent gift items and tons of things for the kids to do.

The second week in December they hold their annual Christmas Tree decorating contest where guests can purchase tickets to go on a home tour which usually consist of 14 Payson homes. Then visitors can vote on the best decorated tree and home. Horse and buggy transport guests from one area to the next.

The city of Chandler holds its annual “tumbleweed” lighting ceremony the first week in December along with A.J. Park’s 25 foot Christmas Tree lighting event. The evening starts out with a large light parade down Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler and ends with a surprise visit from Santa on top of one of the town’s fire trucks. The festivities also include food vendors, bounce toys for the kids, live entertainment, lots of shopping opportunities, live performances and plenty of fun things for the kids to do.

The annual Phoenix Light Parade sponsored by Arizona Public Service takes place in the downtown area at 19th Avenue and Indian School Road. This is one of the valley’s largest Christmas Parades. The parade begins at sunset the first weekend in December.

Greasepaint in Scottsdale and Hale’s Theater in Gilbert open their Christmas live performances the end of November and run through the first week in January. Some of the past plays have included, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.