Thanks to social media I get a chance to talk with people from all over the world. I always get a chuckle at the misconceptions about Arizona. I decided it would be fun to start an Arizona series of blog posts. Not only will this be really fun for me but I hope to also clear up a little bit about what Arizona is, and mostly what it is not. I was born here and I love it here. When I was in my 20’s I would go on a road trip just about every weekend I had off work. I have explored around pretty much every nook and cranny from California to New Mexico and from Utah to Mexico. Having kids just makes me want to head out and rediscover some of my old favorites. If you are a regular reader you know I also love food and music, so I am sure some of that will overflow into my posts. Arizona has a really good food & music scene in most of it’s cities and towns.
I am going to start with the easy stuff. Yes Arizona is a Desert – Sonoran & Mojave not Sahara! The Sonoran Desert has beautiful landscapes, geography, plants and flowers. We also have a lot of wildlife which is pretty accessible just outside the city limits if you know where to look. We moved into their territory so you can often find them inside the city limits too. I lifted these facts from Wikipedia because I think they are pretty impressive: The Sonoran Desert includes 60 mammal species, 350 bird species, 20 amphibian species, over 100 reptile species, 30 native fish species, over 1000 native bee species, and more than 2,000 native plant species.
In some future posts I am going to get into Road Trips in Arizona. Obviously the Grand Canyon is a pretty popular state attraction. But I can be up in the mountains and in a National Forest within just a few hours. Enjoying a cool breeze under the Pine, Spruce and Fir trees. In the winter I could be snow skiing within three hours time. We also have somewhere around 50 recreational lakes that offer boating, fishing, hiking and camping.
In some future posts I would also like to discuss Farming. We have a really awesome farm community and some fantastic farmers markets. This always really seems to surprise people, “You can grow crops in Arizona??!” YES we can and we have a pretty wide variety of crops that do well in our climate.
It is very hot here during the summer and we sweat and complain and burn our hands on the steering wheel when we go anywhere. But we do so dreaming about the winter months when it is all sunshine and mild temps. We spend as much time as we can outdoors in the winter just soaking up the beautiful sunshine! It has snowed a few times in town but it pretty much melts as soon as it hits the ground. Some of our higher elevations get substantial snowfall. The old saying “It’s a dry heat” is very true, except for late summer when the Monsoon storms roll in. Hopefully I can get some good pictures this year of the storms and then I will do a Monsoon post.
I hope to share with you all some great Arizona photos! Here are a few I have taken in the past few months. What do you want to know about Arizona?