I love Arizona.
Sure, I hate the boring developments, the wasteful use of water, the conservative political climate, the lack of walkable neighborhoods, the long drive to get anywhere . . . but there is something about the landscape that speaks to me.
I love the way the mountains pop up in the middle of city, the way you can tell you've reached the Sonoran Desert because suddenly there are saguaro raising their arms all around you, the way you can be driving down the freeway - with the windows closed -- and suddenly be surrounded by the sweet fragrance of oranges. I just love being here.
Luckily I have friends and family in the Phoenix area, which provides a built-in excuse for visiting.
This month I took advantage of that excuse to make a too-quick trip to see my folks, catch up with a few friends, and soak in some sunshine.
There was a wealth of activities to choose from during our visit, including a hoop dancing competition, museum exhibits, craft fairs, Chinese New Year’s celebrations, and more. We did a few things, but we spent most of our time visiting and eating.
And that made for a relaxing trip.
My travel journal:
America’s Taco Shop (February 9, 2013)
In a Small Cactus Garden
Recreating the Past at Superstition Mountain (February 10, 2013)
A Bit of the Apache Trail
Basha’s Almost Secret Gallery (February 11, 2013)
When Snowbirds Land
Sunset: Apache Junction
Zen Yard Guest House (February 12, 2013)
All Arizona posts