The Grand Canyon State as my New Home Base, wow!

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Arizona (Nov.2010)

Arizona is my new home base. I relocated to Arizona indefinitely. I had to learn more about the State that was to become my new home. My plan was to start with the basics; the history of the State. What was particularly exciting was the fact that I would be living in the home state of one of the world's natural wonders: The Grand Canyon that is why it is called the Grand Canyon State. With a land mass of over 114, 000 square miles, Arizona is the fifth largest of the 50 States of the Union. But the Federal government controls almost 70% of the land including all Indian Reservations which cover a quarter of the entire State. The climate of Arizona varies greatly because the seasons depend on both the time of year and the altitude of a particular area. In the southwest for example, day time temperatures can go as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but the nights are generally comfortable because of low humidity.

The Grand Canyon in Flagstaff, Arizona
In the high desert areas, especially those at 5000 - 8000 feet above sea level (mostly in the north-central areas), temperatures go as high as 95 degrees in the day and very cold in the night.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder indeed, how else do you explain the beast and the angel? How do you explain why I see beauty in something and another person does not? Well where am I going with this? I guess I'm trying to figure out if there is an end to the beauty that I see in my home state of Arizona. Every time I walk out the door, my eyes see so much beauty that I try to capture it in photos, 'a picture is worth a thousand words' you know! I find it hard to write a narrative befitting of the beauty I capture in photographs, trying to convey the variety in the landscape, the flora and fauna.

Kitt Peak Observatory
I have tried to take you on a tour of Arizona through the many blogs and photographs I have posted over the past two years, let me take you on yet another tour of this state that I have grown to love. The people, the land, the country as a whole; understanding the physical characteristics of the Grand canyon State will enhance your experiences when you decide to visit us.

Amazing what a woman will do for a man and vice versa; my family did not understand, after all the globetrotting I had done, the many people I had met , and the well placed job I had, why I ended up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. They could not locate Sonoita on a map, smile! Well the question was always "who is that guy?", does he have "manners?", 'does he even know where Uganda is on the map?, 'will he travel the distance to see your family back here?'.

Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona
Honestly, the answer was no to all the questions they asked, but I dared not tell them the truth. By back here they meant Uganda of course. Well the rest is important but I don't care to write it all down. To cut the long story short, I moved to the US to live with my hubby against the wishes of many. It took some time to adjust but  I began to like my new home, it took  two years to get the feel for things and to use Google Map (I love Google, don't you?).

Now that I liked it a little more than I did when I first moved, I feel more at ease with the roads and traffic laws. I could drive like the locals in Sonoita did, but when I got to the bigger cities like Tucson or Phoenix, the hairs at the back of my head stood the whole time I was driving.

Mount Lemmon, Arizona
Because of the distances I had to cover just to go to the grocery store, I learned to drive 60 miles as if I were going next door and driving to Phoenix felt like driving to Tucson. Naturally I took time to tour as much of the state as I possibly can. I must admit Arizona is a huge State and it will take time to see all its corners. So far I pride myself for seeing more than three quarters of the state including towns like Tucson (Home Sweet Home), Phoenix, Sedona, Safford, Gila Bend, Flagstaff, Benson, Wickenburg, Quartzsite, Casa Grande, Vicksburg, Wintersburg, Sonoita, Nogales, Wilcox, Patagonia, Prescott, Scottsdale, Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas, Duncan . . .The one place that I never could grow tired of, is the Grand Canyon.

Arizona is popularly referred to as the desert: indeed for its desert climate, exceptionally hot summers, and mild winters, but the high country in the north features pine forests and mountain ranges with cooler weather than the lower deserts.

Hoover Dam, in both Arizona and Nevada.
Did you know that the State of Arizona is also referred to as the Grand Canyon State? It is home to University of Arizona a world re-known University. Located in Southwestern United States, Arizona is the 48th state and the last to be admitted to the union in 1912.One thing I love about Arizona is the warm desert climate, I do not dance in the cold, so I embrace the warmth of the Arizona heat. O' I learned to wear Jeans and T-shirts to work and no one asked why, smile! feels righteous! 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

Africancrab says:
O yes, my favorite place in Arizona, thanks Mark.
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010
travelman727 says:
Harriet, I'm with you! i never tire of visiting the Grand Canyon :-D
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010
Africancrab says:
Oh! I do, I love the desert heat and the occassional lazy days, now I can't beat what you have with 4 hour Siestas, but I'm blisfully happy right here. Thanks for taking the time to go through my blog. Trying to clean out some photos so they can make sense to the reader, traveler, browser etc.
Posted on: Mar 05, 2010
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