Sunday, March 31, 2013

razing Arizona

I've been thinking a lot about Arizona since we've returned home. It's a place that digs deep into your psyche, because it is so very removed from normal life. A place of contrasts and extremes, a place that should not support human existence, but a place that many people love nonetheless. Full disclosure - I could never live in Arizona. I could never even spend a month there, like my sis and bro in law do, but the five days that we spent there was perfect. I could do five days anytime.

Arizona has the strangest flora. Cacti, of course, but far more varieties and species and weird shapes than I ever dreamed possible. It also has trees like the palo verde (which are bright green thanks to the chlorophyll in the bark), palm trees, and citrus trees growing right outside your door. 


Arizona is coffee on the deck in the morning sun, early sunsets, cold nights and dinner outside around the outdoor fireplace to ward off the chill of the desert evening. 
  Arizona is the ballsiness of building cities where none should exist, and the joy of spring training baseball on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon. Arizona is taking pictures of fountains and cacti coming out of people's heads.  It's a weird place that keeps calling you back.


Vol-E said...

...and from the air, it looks like a big pile of dirt.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are so right, Vol-E. I remember being shocked flying into Calgary for the first time from Ontario, wondering where were the trees. That had nothing on flying over Arizona.

Allison said...

I felt the exact same way about Arizona when I visited last year. Such a curious place. I definitely could never ever live there, but it's nice to say I've been. Too landlocked though. I need my water!

Lesley said...

I have loved every trip I've taken to Arizona, as well. I could live there for a month, probably (but I tend to think that about anywhere). As long as that month isn't July or August. Good grief.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Water and trees, Al, neither of them on the Arizona flag, as far as I could tell.

I could not even imagine July and August there, Lesley. It would be like spending your vacation on the surface of the sun.