I grew up coming on family vacations to Phoenix to visit my dad’s side of the clan. I’ll never forget the Christmas we spent here that didn’t quite feel like Christmas due to the lack of fluffy white stuff and 75 degree weather or the summers we spent jumping in and out of the pool only to jump right back in because the sun had quickly soaked up every last drip of water on our sun-crisped bodies. Although I find myself feeling nostalgic for those days, I’m happy that this is the place I will call home.
Just three days before arriving to Phoenix I was outside running in Iowa in 34 degree weather. When I stepped out of my car in sunny Arizona I was happy to say the least. I’m one of those naturally cold people so the heat doesn’t bother me. Now, that doesn’t mean I’ll be doing the happy dance when the thermometer hits 120 degrees next summer but after last years winter in New York, I’ll take three sweaty, miserable months any day.
Our country is such a wonder is so many ways. It’s amazing that we can travel state to state and experience completely different cultures, climates, food and people. One of the reasons I decided to move west was to experience something totally different and so far, Arizona has not disappointed!
Here are my first impressions of this beautiful State:
Unique, diverse landscape/terrain
It’s hard to picture a place where Pines and Maples aren’t plentiful after growing up in Upstate New York. What’s amazing about Arizona is that you can find Pines and Maples but you’ll also find a million other types of trees, shrubs and other living organisms. Cacti fill the front “yards” (no grass, just rocks!), streets and mountains. Coyotes hang out on the local golf courses, rattle snakes can be found while hiking and there was just a bob cat siting in a local neighborhood! I visited a friend in Tucson last week and I got my first taste of real Arizona hiking. I kept my eyes on the ground. In Bali I fell in a hole. Now I had to watch out for holes and poisonous creatures!
I arrived in mid-October and continued dressing like it was mid-October in New York. It’s a weird adjustment waking up knowing that “winter” is right around the corner but it’s still 90 degrees and sunny everyday. With that being said, it’s a very nice change to adjust to. The mornings are cool and the evenings are perfect. No wonder every one is so happy out here!
I’ve seen some absolutely stunning sunsets around the world and I have to say Phoenix certainly gives Bali a run for it’s money when it comes to nightfall.
My Arizona bucket lists grow daily and I’m so excited to explore every corner of my new city and new state! I’m taking a mini trip to America’s Finest City tomorrow – San Diego! I’ll be visiting a friend, devouring fish tacos, riding trolleys and soaking up rays on the beach. Cheers!