Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A is for Arizona

Zzzz...Huh? Oh, hello. I'm just waking up from hibernation in time for the A to Z Challenge. Actually, I'd originally been planning on writing about books, but at the last minute I changed my mind. It should be more fun to write about places I've been because the pix will be prettier. Okay, I haven't figured out Z yet, but there's time.

Arizona was the first Southwestern state I ever visited, back in 1997. We went to Tucson in February of all months, and the temperature was warmer in our home city of Boston. Television weather reports said that the roads to Sedona were snowbound. We went into a Burger King in Apache Junction, a city noted for its retirees, and all the customers seemed to have white hair. There was a news account that a young kid tried to rob a Burger King (not while we were there), and an 80-year-old man took out a gun and shot him.

At Sky Ranch in Sedona
Welcome to the Wild West. But we were still entranced by what we saw, and we came back in better weather. It was the beginning of our love affair with the
Southwest; less than a decade later, we moved to next-door New Mexico and take fairly frequent trips to Arizona. We've parked our RV next to orange and grapefruit trees ripe with fruit, and we've seen breathtaking landscapes. No doubt we'll keep going back for many years to come.

Since you've stopped by, please leave me a note in the comments section. I'll make a point of returning the favor.


Nicole said...

Beautiful photos! My friend just got back from Arizona and enjoyed it. Stopping by from the A to Z. :)

debi o'neille said...

Nice to see you in the Challenge as well as IWW. I envy you living in warmth. It's cold today in Minnesota, and it's supposed to be warm now for a few months. I enjoyed your article, and I'm looking forward to your new posts. Now I know who to ask if I have a question (for a story)about another state.
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

betty said...

I loved when we visited Arizona; my favorites of course the Grand Canyon and Sedona. We too lived in New Mexico for a bit (2 years in Santa Fe); that is beautiful too!

good luck with the challenge!


jaybird said...

Ashamed to say all I've ever seen of Arizona was the airport! Looking at your photos makes me want to remedy that quickly! Happy A-Z. Best of luck.

Sally @ Breaking Cover said...

Great photos, will look in again. Stopping by from the A-Z challenge.

J Hanna said...

I think A to Z Travel can be a fun topic, and who knows, maybe it will inspire you to write a book about your travels. I love the red rocks in Arizona, and the large cacti. Anyway, I hope you have fun during the challenge.
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Donna B. McNicol said...

As a former full-time RVer, Arizona is on the top of places to be in the winter. Loved it, miss it.

This should be a fun blog theme...will be back!

D.B. McNicol
A to Z: Romance & Mystery...writing my life