I didn’t always live in the desert. In fact, I have lived in many places and climates, but I spent the majority of my formative to young adult years in the mountains of Colorado.
Well, by the mountains. The eastern slope, but the mountains were a part of daily life and if you knew where you were in relation to the mountains, it was like having a map, or knowing how to follow the stars.
The mountains were west, and there ya go. You always kinda knew where you were.
And there were seasons. Very distinct, summer, fall,winter, spring. We don;t really have that here, it’s just pretty much hot, and not so hot.
While most of the US and Canada is starting to feel the approaching fall, with a coolness in the air and the leaves maybe starting to change, here we can expect at least another month and a half of over hundred days before it changes to not so hot then down right cold.
By the standards of those who enjoy the balmy southwest winters, yes it does get cold. Just because you live in -10 degrees and think 50 is tropical when you come to visit does not make it so for the natives.
Just saying…If you ever do come here in winter, look around and I will bet you can spot the residents vs the tourists and Snowbirds.
That is neither here nor there at the moment. Thing is I have been here around 8 years, this time. The first time was back in 97 for a year before I moved to Las Vegas (not much better weather wise by the way.)
I didn’t come here because I chose AZ, I came because this is where my family was, is, and I needed to come home.
Colorado home was no longer an option, with Mom and Dad here so… I moved here.
Just for a while.
After all, I am a Colorado girl and hate the desert. I get all mixed up with no seasons and no direction. (although I have mastered the ability to instinctively know which way I am going here and if I get lost I have learned tricks to figure it out.)
So the kids and I just bided our time. We haven’t been anywhere or done anything here in this state because it was either, do it next year or we will be gone before we have the money or the time to go places like;
The Grand Canyon
Anywhere at all
Eight years are a long time. That’s like common law marriage, so if I wasn;t already a declared resident, because you have to do that within 30 days of moving here or face deportation to Mexico to make room for the illegals who declare nothing, Id be a legit anyways.
Lately, I have felt restless and unsettled. I just got back from an epic road trip to Oregon, where I would also move in a heartbeat, and it’s September, a month I am always a little off anyways. A lot off to tell the truth.
I just turned 45 not too long ago. Time marches on and the opportunity to do instead of dream is getting smaller and smaller.
I talk about how much I hate this place, how I wish I could go anywhere, do anything, do SOMETHING.
It occurs to me, I may live in AZ a long time still and instead of hating on it and wishing to go anywhere else, maybe I should start trying to find things I like about it.
Places to go, food to eat, things to see. Not everything costs money and the prime time of the year for hiking and outdoor activities is right around the corner, with the kids also getting off school for two weeks in Oct for fall break.
Kind of a Mental Moment, with a brick attached to it actually.
I have never really explored or tried. I just always looked at the Phoenix Metro area as a huge contributor to global warming (hey all that concrete is what keeps the temps above a hundred in the middle of the night some months, why wouldn’t it heat the globe too? just saying..) and a time and money suck with almost all the fun activities costing money or needing to be inside and anywhere worth seeing hours away by car (again, money)
Piss poor attitude I know. Most of its true (for me) , but I decided I am going to find things about this place to enjoy and to change my mind. Mostly to keep me from turning to a cranky old shut-in who only dreams of doing things and mistakes pinning it on Pinterest as living it.
Starting local and free is starting small but its better than not at all and better than hating this place I may live in for another however long I live here for.
No more waiting. Life is happening while we plan on other things.
With that in mind, I am going to challenge myself to find one new place, or activity or whatever within a 45 mile radius of where I live every week. Any greater distance, we are getting to places I already know I want to go, but cant’ or haven’t because or time, or money constraints.
Instead of dreaming of the farthest away I can be from here, I am going to do what’s here and then share it with you.
Share the wealth I always say, and there is a lot of it Living up the AZ…I just have to find it.