I moved from the northeastern part of the country to Gilbert, Arizona, about five years ago.
I was anxious to get away from the sub zero temperatures, record-setting snow accumulation and brutal wind chill.
I was tired to shoveling snow, scraping ice and dealing with all of the challenges of a long northern winter. Situated in Maricopa Country, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Gilbert is a friendly community and weather is wonderful. We enjoy over three hundred days of sunshine. There’s lots of opportunities to get outside, breathe fresh air and appreciate the stunning scenery. Gilbert offers hot, dry summers and mild, temperate winters. Instead of being stuck indoors on a treadmill, I can get outside at all times of the year. I hike, bike and jog local trails. I can swim, kayak and paddleboard. There are numerous parks with a network of well-maintained paths and varying levels of difficulty. There are lots of lakes for water activities. Even in the winter, there’s no need for heavy sweaters and wool coats. The daytime high temperatures climb into the sixties and seventies, which is perfect weather for a workout or a fun adventure. I often go golfing, take walks in the evening and get together with friends for tennis. In the spring and fall, high temperatures in the seventies and eighties are comfortable. I look forward to the wildflowers and color foliage. I don’t even mind the monsoon season. Typical between July and August, we get a break from the dry heat. The thunderstorms bring needed rain and are refreshing.