The short list of urban areas to call home after 12 years of wandering included Tucson. Tucson was chosen for my settled existence because it has nine months of good weather. The remaining three months are June, July and August. (data courtesy of weather.com)
When I settled into my Tucson home, I considered staying for the summer. It's all about adapting to the temperatures -- and the summer monsoons. There are residents of Tucson who live, work and play here year round.
The non-working locals adapt by beginning their outside play at sunup and by ten they are back home as it heats up. Siesta time and relaxing fills the time until the sun goes down when they enjoy the cooler hours of the evening.
Leaving town for those summer months is also an option. It would be a good time to travel to higher elevations or northern latitudes in the US. The list of places in the US and Canada that would qualify in those categories is endless.
After more thoughts and internet searching, I was looking at numerous options for summer travel. Some options: a self planned Alaskan tour via the Marine Highway; a train tour of US and Canada; an extended stay in a northwest city; an extended stay southwestern Colorado; and others.
Another attractive option was a stay in a park model at an RV park in Prescott Valley, AZ. Just bring my stuff to a furnished unit. So I made the deposit for a three month stay. About 200 miles from Tucson, and at 5000 feet, it was a good choice for cooler weather. The RV park home would be a home base for local exploring and the possibility of an overnight trip or two to other northern Arizona exploring.
Summer travel for 2014 will be northern Arizona. It is too early to make firm plans for 2015, but it will definitely include a swing through parts of Colorado and the Colorado Front Range.