Arizona has been my home for my entire life and I wouldn’t change it any other way. I was born in the “Valley of the Sun” and moved to the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona when I was three years old. I have always loved living in the White Mountains. The forests, lakes, mountain peaks, and abundant wildlife set a tranquil mood for the residents of the White Mountains. I believe that my town, Show Low, is the epicenter for everything that someone needs in order to live a quality lifestyle.
Show Low is nestled in the majestic Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest which is the home to hundreds of species of wildlife. Tall, ponderosa pine trees can be found at every corner and avenue in Show Low. The White Mountains also experience four seasons from breath-taking snow capped peaks in the winter, to orange and yellow fall foliage, to meadows covered with tall grasses and flowers during the springtime, and finally hot summer days with cool breezes during the night.
Show Low has everything you need to live a proper life. The town is just only a three hour drive from the hustle and bustle of the city of Phoenix, only an hour drive to the border of New Mexico, less than an hour drive to one of the best skiing mountains in the state, and just a short five hour drive to the top natural wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon. Like I said before, Show Low has to offer everything.
Our town possesses a rich, cultural history that involves the stories of cowboys and Indians, the journeys of the pioneers, and the expeditions of the conquistadors. The White Mountains has a very diverse population as well which can show you, the reader, that anyone can live in Show Low. Our town is very involved with the outdoors. We have some of the best fishing lakes, rivers, and streams on the mountain that are the home to Arizona state record walleyes and the Arizona state record smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Our lakes are small but give the typical fisherman the feeling of comfort and calm while trying to snag the fish of a lifetime. The national forest also borders our town and is home to some of the most prestigious and exciting hunting in the entire southwest region of the United States. Our forests are the home to elks, deer, antelope, big horn sheep, brown bears, and mountain lions and an abundant variety of birds, just to name a few.
Show Low is also a hot zone for most snowbirds from the Valley and Tucson areas and attracts many other tourists from around the country and even the world. Our town is a service industry that focuses on the tourist season to increase our town’s economy and annual revenue. The White Mountains offers a variety of leisure activities for the typical tourist. We have excellent restaurants with great service and food, four star hotels, hunting and fishing, the number three RV Park in the entire country, one of the best casinos in the entire state, and don’t forget about the best skiing and snowboarding in the state during the winter season.
I love Show Low and the White Mountains so much that I am going to stay in the area and attend college for a year at Northland Pioneer College.
I suggest that if you want to get away and stay away from the stress of the metropolitan areas, then move to the White Mountains and still live fairly close to the city. Our town has everything you need to live a stress free life and is perfect for the elderly couples that are ready to settle down and retire. Show Low is an excellent area to raise a family. I can say from experience that our schools can give your children a great education in a friendly and professional atmosphere. Many people live in Show Low in the summer and stay in a warmer part of the state like the Valley, Tucson, or Yuma but they are missing the beauty of the fall and winter seasons in the White Mountains. This time of the year is just as pristine and awesome as any other time of the year.
When you look at other parts of the country, you always notice the residents of these areas experiencing the wrath of Mother Nature in the form of hurricanes, tornados, hellacious winter blizzards, devastating mudslides, torrential thunderstorms, and blinding fog. Then, if you look at Arizona, you really don’t experience any of these natural disasters. The only thing that Arizona residents experience is a very dry, excessive heat and maybe a few dust storms. I think that the weather in Arizona is one of the main aspects that influence residents from other states to move and stay living in Arizona.
Another factor that people look at in Arizona is the amount of population. Arizona has become the second most-growing state after Nevada in the entire country. This scenario signifies that Arizona has become a haven for new residents. I strongly feel that if someone does move to Arizona, they should contemplate and seriously think about moving to the White Mountains and experiencing a perfect lifestyle. Our town is the ideal size to retire, raise a family, and experience the great outdoors all at once.
Finally, I believe that the greatest factor that influences a person to move to a different place is a change. Being a resident of the White Mountains for more than fourteen years of my life, I can say from experience that Show Low is a unique town that you can’t find anywhere else in the state. I guess you could say that any Arizona town is unique but still not as great as Show Low. Our town is one of the few places to experience four seasons, a diverse population with different cultures and customs, crisp and invigorating scenery, a tranquil atmosphere, abundant wildlife, and great people with an overall optimistic outlook on life. There is no other place like it! I don’t know about you, but these descriptions sound really fresh and appealing to me and I even live here!
Like I stated above in the essay, the White Mountains have everything anyone needs to live a great life. I truly believe that the home where a person resides affects their entire outcome and outlook on their life and their future. Don’t wait any longer. Experience everything that Show Low and the White Mountains have to offer and see what I am talking about!