One thing that was really exciting for her was the saguaro cactus. She loved seeing them everywhere. It was so fun that we could drive from the Sonoran Desert up to the forest where we live and during the trip you can see all the different ecosystems along the way. It blew Sam away!
Thinking about loving this aspect of Arizona, I started thinking about other things I love about Arizona. It just happened to fit in perfectly with Keeping up with Kelsey's "The Good Life" linkup topic this week.
Five Things I Love About Arizona:
2. Recreation. This state is full of recreation opportunities. Arizona has over 50 wilderness areas and over 1/4 of the total land is considered to be forested. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, backpacking, and camping are all possible within an hour of where we live. There are lakes everywhere for fishing and boating. Lots of rivers for tubing. There are so many outlets of recreation all over the state.
3. Anthropology. Plain and simple, Arizona is an anthropological gem. It is great knowing you are surrounded by so much history.
4. Community. This one is specific to Flagstaff, but our community is great. Even though the total land is 64 square miles, our total population is approximately 65,500 people. That is a lot of land but not a lot of people. By comparison, the town I grew up in California has a population of 99,000 in an area that is only 27 square miles. There is definitely a small town atmosphere and sense of community.
5. Climate. One of the 5 "C's" of Arizona economy! This is another one that pertains mostly to Flagstaff. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area our weather was hot and humid in the summer and cold and rainy in the winter. In Arizona, is a dry and arid environment. One of reasons I really love the climate is my oily complexion. Since moving here (most of) my acne cleared up, and my hair got really healthy. In Flagstaff, it is sunny all the time. Even during winter snow storms and summer monsoons, the storm comes in and does its thing and then the clouds move on. It is always beautiful!
During Sammy's visit we were able to share all of these aspects with her. Her visit was short so she didn't get the full experience but we did fill our days with awesomeness! I am so glad she came to visit and even more excited that she had a lot of fun. I cannot wait until the next time she'll get to visit us. Hopefully, by then we'll be in small house so that she doesn't have to sleep on our living room futon.
Interested in learning more fun and fascinating facts about Arizona? Click here for 100 of them complied for the Arizona Centennial this past year.