And Here’s Why….

City viewWe Face Timed with our kids and grandkids in Vermont the other night, and they were anticipating an upcoming 25 degrees below zero. Actual temperature. They didn’t even seem fazed.

“Yeah, we get about 4 to 5 inches of snow every night,” our daughter said. “The studs on my tires work great and they keep the roads pretty well plowed. “And it’s really good for the skiing.”

I’m glad that they can look at life that way. As for me, I’m happy that today’s temperature neared 70, the sky was blue and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen. This, my friends, is why we have a house in Arizona.

Bec and I, in fact, took our first stab at a hike yesterday. And it was a good one.

Unlike Colorado, southern Arizona doesn’t have huge mountain ranges. Instead it has red sandstone buttes that sort of pop out of the earth in random spots. A beautiful outcrop of these sandstone buttes is located in Papago Park, a city park that is right across the street from the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens in the city of Tempe.

Bec and I had attempted to hike in Papago Park last year, but were fairly unsuccessful. It isn’t a difficult hike, but the trails are also not particularly well-marked. Being spacially and directionally challenged –the both of us – we appreciate clearly marked trails. But she had hiked in Papago Park a couple of weeks ago with her son, daughter-in-law, and grands, and was pretty sure she had it nailed.

Papago Park

And she did. We walked the two-mile trail with almost no problems at all. There is a now-unused amphitheater that once hosted a variety of events; however, the development of a fairly busy road running right past it has brought events to a screeching halts. Ah, progress….amphitheater 2

We even took a quick run through the zoo before we headed home. Actually, before I headed home. When I left, she was continuing her walk through the zoo.

But I had to come home for a very fun reason. Our son Court and his family are coming for a visit, and I needed to get the house ready. They should have arrived by time you read this post. They are driving, and planned on leaving after school Wednesday and drive straight through. Yoiks.

It will be the first time Kaiya, Mylee, and Cole see our Arizona house. We will have loads of fun showing off our desert surroundings.

2 thoughts on “And Here’s Why….

  1. Yay! I’m so glad you did the hike and found the theater. What an awesome find. Our kids loved it. The hole in the rock is cool too…although Beckie and I wished we had a leash to put on Carter. Haha.

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