Congrats on the job! Sounds like a great opportunity. Now, about Phoenix... Many years ago when I was unemployed and living in San Diego (about 2 mi. from the ocean, also), I had a job offer in Phoenix. I had never been before, and was excited by the prospect of desert mountain biking. I was there for about 3 weeks in May and...well.... I. Could. Not. Deal. The heat, OMG! It was 95 to 105 degrees EVERY day....AND NIGHT. Relentless. Oh, "but it's a dry heat," they say. Yeah, like standing in front of a hair dryer on high and trying to breathe. The crappy apartment they put me up in had an air conditioner that just blew air around. No sleep in that oppressive heat. I told the company I just couldn't deal with the heat there and ran back to San Diego, where I found a job about 2 weeks later. On the drive back, I had a cooler full of ice and had to keep melting ice cubes on my head to keep cool. Maybe the heat won't affect you the way it did me, but since you're coming from San Clemente, near the ocean, my advice is to get a really good humidifier and make sure your place has really good air conditioning. If you have a patio or deck, get one of those mister things like they have at all the restaurants for the outdoor tables. And bring plenty of ice for the drive. And a towel. On the plus side, I ate at the best Mexican restaurant ever in Phoenix and the desert terrain is spectacular. I rode at South Mountain and some other place and it was a blast, despite the heat. There's a big hill everyone hikes up...can't remember the name of it...but that was really fun. I love the desert. Just can't take the heat. If you need relief, head to Flagstaff. The higher elevation keeps it cooler there, and it's a great place for hiking and trail riding.