Living in the southern state of Arizona is quite the change from the mild state of Washington.
Sometimes when I’m on the highway the change randomly hits me, “I’m staying in Arizona.” This change of scenery isn’t a vacation, we live here now, even though the first month felt like we were on holiday. The hillside scenery reminds me of the same hills of Sin City, which is only four hours from here and puts me into that vacay mindset. From the sun’s glow painting the hills, brightly colored blooms, the beautiful sunsets, to being able to play in the pool everyday; this definitely isn’t Washington anymore.
This landlocked state is really the opposite of Washington. The environment is dry, no lush trees, giant ass bugs, and not being able to see a real lake and being so far from the ocean is strange. I can’t just go for a run or a hike, unless I’m prepared to bake. I’ve been warned about the hiking here: don’t stop on the paths, if you do, the bugs will immediately climb you like a tree. This does not seem like an place where I want to try the trails. I will definitely miss the amazing hiking of the Northwest.
However, the sunshine is awesome! I love the palm trees, the people are really nice, and all the construction seems to be recent. With this new location, brings new adventures at my fingertips… if I have really long fingers though. As I said, Vegas is four hours, driving to San Diego could be up to six hours, and about three hours south is a beach in the town of Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Not to mention the Grand Canyon up north three hours and three other states surrounding Arizona that I have never visited before. I am super excited to venture into the unknown and see what this area has to offer.
I loved Washington’s landscapes, but what is life without moving around and exploring the rest of the world?! I would love to keep bouncing around experiencing other cultures; my dream is to one day move to Europe for a while. Look out England, one day I’m coming for you!
If anyone has any suggestions of must see areas around the southwest, feel free to leave me a comment!