We had the good fortune of connecting with Edgar & Monique Millan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edgar & Monique, what’s your definition for success?
We view success as a combination of achievements in all aspects of life such as personal (investing our health and well-being), professional (ensuring business growth and industry impact), community (giving back), and family (spending time with those we love). And recognizing that you ‘can have it all, just not all at once. We also attribute success to creating a community that preserves our environment while exploring safely and discovering or challenging ourselves to step out of the norm.
However, we believe that success happens when you identify and live out your true purpose and feel fulfilled as a result. And for me, my purpose is to motivate, inspire, and engage our community and create a meaningful impact on the lives of people around us. We also understand that success is a process that encourages us to look at things from different perspectives and find creative ways to grow our brand.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
More than just a social media platform, Arizona Adventure Group (AAG) was created in 2016 due to this passion and way to connect and create a community of Arizona enthusiasts who genuinely value our beautiful state. AAG represents a lifestyle, a sense of community, respect for nature and is an expression of enjoyment of all Arizona has to share. From adventure seekers and outdoor explorers to those new to the adventurous spirit, the homegrown name positively impacts our community by creating an outdoor culture forming a culture of understanding, diversity, inclusion, respect, and fun.
The long-term purpose of our community is to create social and environmental awareness while partnering with local nonprofits to educate and empower members to support each other and ensure we minimize our footprint so that future generations of adventurers can continue to enjoy our state. We recognize that when people are connected, they can achieve extraordinary things.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Growing up in Arizona, the Superstition Mountains were our playground, the rivers and lakes were our pools. With a shared passion for the outdoors and a spirit for adventure, we have a deep appreciation for all that Arizona offers. Arizona is an outdoor- lover’s dream, with deep canyons, dramatic landscape, and a whole host of adventures where the land formations are the star of the show. However, some don’t even realize that Arizona is a lot more than just the Grand Canyon — it’s an incredibly diverse state made up of red rocks, desert landscapes, water-carved canyons, and our famous saguaro cacti fields.
Arizona’s most incredible things to see, some of which are mega-famous and some of which are lesser-known, this would be our Arizona itinerary for our guest:
Arizona Itinerary Days 1 – 3: Explore Old Town Scottsdale
If you’re looking for a fun place to stretch your legs without the commitment of hiking a mountain, head to Old Town Scottsdale, which is just a 25-minute drive from Phoenix. Made up of nine walkable neighborhoods, Old Town Scottsdale has a great collection of shops, art galleries, contemporary public art installations, world-class museums, and historic sites from the late 1880s.
Arizona Itinerary Days 4 – 5: Immerse in Red Rock Sedona
From Phoenix, it’s just a 2-hour drive to our next stop: the red rock town of Sedona, one of the best-known places in Arizona. The buttes all over town are a brilliant red color, making for such a picturesque setting. Sedona is famous for artists, spiritualists, and nature lovers alike.
Arizona Itinerary Days 5 – 6: Stay in a Stargazing Dome
People want to connect with nature and be outdoors in beautiful spaces. Far from the usual camping philosophy of “roughing it,” glamping involves comfortable beds and modern conveniences such as electricity. All of this is offered while glamping in the Domes of Versatile Properties.
“Location is everything” Just 20 miles south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, 30 minutes from Snow Bowl, and 45 minutes North of Bearizona. There are plenty of options to visit while you stay at a Dome.
Arizona Itinerary Days 7 – 8: Visit Tucson
Tucson is a better choice for those who love the outdoors as the hiking trails are more stunning & easily accessible, desert plant life is more abundant, and the mountain vistas are more exquisite. From exploring the country’s most unique national park to enjoying authentic Mexican fare to shopping for handmade native products, there is a bit of something to do for everyone in Tucson. Places to visit include Saguaro National Park, Tombstone, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac, and Barrio Viejo.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, we would like to give cheers and an acknowledgment to our community, volunteers, and members of our Social Media Platforms. Because of a shared vision and belief of what we stand for, AAG has created a platform for those who desire to get out and enjoy what Arizona has to offer. A forum for others to come together to not only showcase their adventures but provide education such as hiking and camping precautions and leave no trace, as well as connect those with little to no experience with those that have advanced experience for a safe adventure.
AAG continues to have the privilege of working with incredible brands on the cutting edge of visual storytelling. So we want to take a moment to give a special Shoutout to both local nonprofit and profit organizations in our community: Natural Restorations, Makeitcount4Dani, State Forty Eight Foundation, Thrive Construction, Versatile Properties, Riverbound Sports, The Strawberry Inn, and Tombstone Adventure Co.