Summer is a time for vacation, families, barbeques and friends. But our toasty temps often keep friends and family – and even many of us – far away from June through August.

This summer we were thrilled to have our 7-year-old granddaughter come stay with us for a week. It was the first time she had been away from either parent for that long, and therefore was quite the big adventure. She talked about the upcoming journey for weeks and started packing six days in advance. The only thing heat meant to her was shorts, dresses, and three different bathing suits.

For a full week in August, we got to rediscover our Desert home through the eyes of a child. We had a crazy fun time at Wet ‘n’ Wild and cherished our local treasure that is The Living Desert. We took fishing poles to the pond on Hole 12 of the course and relived the sheer joy of learning how to drive the golf cart. We took an early morning golf lesson with Papa T and escaped to a movie in the middle of the day. And certainly a highlight for me was falling in love with ponies all over again at our very first riding lesson.

Lounging in the pool planning our next adventure, the last thing we thought about was the heat. It was just another day for sunscreen, water, and wonder.

We enjoyed seeing our little Bella try (and like) so many new foods. From cashews to green smoothies, our healthy routine wasn’t a stretch for the child who asks for fruit and vegetables at every meal. (Very proud of Mom Erin!).

Bella cannot wait to come back to spend next summer with Lolo and Papa T. She had an incredible time and so did we. It shouldn’t take the energy of a 7-year-old to get us out to enjoy all this incredible Desert has to offer.

Next time you wake up and say, ‘It’s too hot to do anything,’ listen to that inner child and plan your own adventure. You may just view our hot Desert days in a whole different light.

Here’s to your health – and your next adventure!

Lauren Del Sarto

Lauren Del Sarto

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