As many of you know, I live and I work in Mesa, Arizona. I am minutes from two lakes, a short trip to mountains where cooler weather is available during the warm summer months - all within a two to three hour drive. Whether we drive east through Superior, Miami and Globe north, or north through Payson, or west and then north to Flagstaff, there's never a lack of places to see and spectacular views in Arizona! Being an "almost" native, there's very few places I haven't explored in our beautiful state.
Recently, on a trip north - two hours and 40 minutes from our home in Mesa - we happened upon Rainbow Lake near Show Low and Lakeside in the White Mountains. It's a fishing lake, and absolutely beautiful. I LOVE the clouds shadowing and reflecting in the water!