Today we continue our Why I Love My State series. Last week I talked about Why I Love Kentucky and today my blogger friend Kelley talks about her favorite state of Arizona. Though I’ve personally never had the opportunity to travel to Arizona, this post makes me even more excited to get on the road and see something else amazing here in the United States. Welcome Kelley!
I was born and raised in Orlando Florida loving the green plants, the rain, and beaches. I mention this because it is funny that where I ended included none of those things. We have lived in Florida, New York, Virginia, and now Arizona. I have been living in AZ for almost nine years now, and have no desire to live anywhere else. Here are some of the reasons Why I Love Arizona.
Why I Love Arizona
The first time I visited Arizona I fell in love with the landscape right away. I think I tried to get my picture with every cactus I came across. There was cactus as far as the eye could see, and mountains are a panoramic view where ever you look. If you have never visited Arizona you might assume it is all desert, dry, and cactus. While that is partly correct we also have many lakes, mountains, snow, and water falls.
Some of our favorite Arizona activities are hiking, camping, kayaking and fishing. I love the dry heat, the fewer allergies, and the natural landscape. At night, we hear owls hooting, bats flying, and coyotes running. We even have a bobcat living on our roof.
Whenever I look out at the desert I wonder how the western pioneers did it. Packing up and taking just enough to survive and head out to a new beginning. I see the landscape and think that we are just as wild and free as when people started to first settle here. We have our large cities and towns, but citizens passionately fight to keep our National forest and Areas wild and untouched for the wildlife. It is a natural rustic beauty and I love to see it preserved and taken care of.
Every night as the sun sets it’s like the sky is on fire with reds, yellows, purples, and sometimes pink. Every night it is different and special. As the night draws closer the temperatures drop, the bats come out to eat the bugs, the owls start to hoot, the coyotes are running and howling in their packs, and there are more stars in the sky than I have ever seen before. The desert is alive with beauty and I love it.
See more pictures of our Sonoran Desert Museum.
There’s so much more to tell you about Arizona…. I think I’ll just have to write a follow up with more about my favorite state! Be watching!
Kelley blogs about current Health, Green Living, and Nutrition News and like to help bring a relaxed simple awareness to my readers. You can find her on her blog Kelley’s Nutrition.