Personal Development in Marana, AZ


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  • Marana Regional Airport
    When Randy Long and his family recently went on spring break, they didn't laze around on a beach staring at the sea. Instead, they trekked around the world to China. The choice of destination isn't surprising given Randy's extraordinarily adventurous spirit—the former travel agent has trotted the globe a few times, dog sledding in Alaska and scuba diving in Bermuda along the way. Despite his eagerness to explore, Randy probably surprised even himself when he was caught by an unexpected wave of inspiration during a 1986 Rotary Club meeting in Illinois. When hot air balloonist Harold Lovelace spoke to the club, Randy was so transfixed that he immediately offered to buy one of Harold's balloons. By the end of the year, Randy had his pilot's license, was flying in the world's largest hot air balloon event, and became a pro at photo-bombing the portraits of landscape artists. Within five years, he sold his travel agency and set up shop in Arizona as a full-time balloon pilot. Since founding Arizona Balloon Safaris, Randy has maintained a perfect flight record, successfully piloting more than 2,000 flights for more than 20,000 passengers (including Shakira and J.W. Marriott). His colorful balloons ride the Sonoran Desert's breezes, gently carrying passengers as far as seven miles while maintaining a feeling of near motionlessness. From any corner of the balloons' sturdy wicker baskets, people can scan all 360 degrees of the desert panorama without a single visual interruption. Whether skimming the tops of cacti or reaching the flight's 5,000-foot apex, groups will likely spot—and sometimes hear—deer, coyote, and jackrabbits during the 45-minute ride. Passengers can bring a camera to take pictures of these sights along the way. Upon landing, the chase crew welcomes groups back to Earth with celebratory glasses of champagne.
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    11700 West Avra Valley Road
    Marana, AZ US
  • Desert Spirits Aviation
    David Guy is a certified flight instructor, but that doesn't begin to describe his depth of experience with aircrafts. Before retiring, he served in the Air Force as a C-130 flight engineer, logging more than 5,000 hours as an engineer and 1,000 as a pilot. Today, he puts this background to daily use at Desert Spirits Aviation, an FAA-certified flight school operating out of Marana Regional Airfield. He instructs students aboard his trusty1970 Piper Cherokee 140C aircraft, overseeing their advancement from aeronautical novices to recreational, commercial, and private pilot licenses.
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    11700 West Avra Valley Road
    Marana, AZ US
  • Ventures Aloft - Arizona
    Ventures Aloft offers excursions through the sky aboard hot air balloons. Passengers will watch as the crew inflates the balloon, and then lift off and spend 45-minutes to an hour soaring above the ground. What's more, crew and guests alike commemorate their journey upon landing with a celebratory toast.
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    11700 West Avra Valley Road
    Marana, AZ US
  • Desert Divers
    Desert Divers owner, Alex, has a love for diving with all who are bold enough to strike out on an underwater adventure! Over the past 30 years, Desert Divers have recruited a staff of dedicated instructors that schools nascent underwater explorers in introductory lessons and intensive scuba-certification classes. The staff members equip students with most necessary gear for the classes, which cover maritime topics ranging from first aid and fish identification to deep diving and how to fashion sleeping octopuses into temporary helmets. Many classes require that participants first take an open-water scuba course, which bestows diving fundamentals and can eventually lead to certification. The center welcomes all past open-water students back for free refresher courses, helping former pupils sharpen their skills in advance of upcoming dives and snorkel-throwing tournaments. To further refine aquatic abilities, Desert Divers leads new graduates out on field trips to such dive-friendly locales as San Carlos, Mexico, and Key Largo, Florida.
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    3110 E Fort Lowell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ US
  • The University of Arizona Museum of Art
    Scholarship and public engagement have remained equally vital parts of The University of Arizona Museum of Art's mission. By preserving collections that showcase five centuries of artistic expression from around the world, the museum promotes greater appreciation for the inherent value of the visual arts. The museum houses works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. Eye Catcher: 26 panels of Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé's 15th century altarpiece created for the Cathedral of Ciudad Rodrigo in Spain Don't Miss: "Green on Blue" by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko Hidden Gem: Plaster and clay models by Jacques Lipchitz. Also keep eyes peeled for actual tools from the Lipchitz's workshop, portrait busts, and finished sculptures Beyond the Gallery Walls: More than 40 public sculptures and integrated artworks speckle the surrounding area, providing small discoveries for visitors willing to explore the campus.
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    1031 N Olive Rd
    Tucson, AZ US
  • Adaptive Firearms
    The Range High desert sandbanks surround the outdoor ranges at Adaptive Firearms Institute, creating a closed-off training ground where instructors and their classes can fire both standing still, on the move, or from behind cover such as cars and vans. The Classes Adaptive Firearms Institute teaches immersive, six-hour classes in pistols, carbine rifles, concealed carry, and adaptive AK rifles. The programs cater to all skill levels, starting with beginner classes such as Adaptive Pistol 1 and Adaptive Carbine 1, during which instructors build a core in gun manipulation and other fundamentals. Meet the Instructors  Instructors Paul, Quinn, and Ryan make up the team here, and each one brings a wealth of experience to his respective classes, namely backgrounds in the military and law enforcement.
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    1015 W Prince Rd.
    Tucson, AZ US
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