I am in Arizona on a business trip. Even though I have traveled for work before plenty of times, I had never been actually in this state before. I always get a good idea of what a place is like from what people say about it, but I have to tell ya… my mental picture of Arizona and what I have encountered here so far are night and day. Bellow are some of the things that I did not know about Arizona until I actually got here.
Phoenix and Scottsdale are pretty much the same city.
The whole “dry heat” is a myth during monsoon season, right now its not just 115 outside, its also humid.
There is something called a “haboob” which refers to a huge dust storm. nothing like a coworker letting you know on your way out that you should watch out for dust storms and stay indoors if it looks like its going to rain outside… if you breath the stuff in, you can get something called valley fever that can, you guessed it, KILL YOU! that is if you are lucky enough to be able to stay indoors and not already driving when the HUMONGOUS dust cloud moves in.
There is such a thing as a desert garden.
There are people insane enough to want to grow grass in the desert.
Light brown is the color all around… I thought I love that “earth tone” color palette until everything is the same color.
The plants that grow in this climate (not just the cactus) are extremely beautiful and colorful.
The road runner and coyote do live around each other.
Even though a lot of people have lived here for 30+ years, most people still feel like they are “from” somewhere else. I have only found a handful of “locals” so far.
Everything is SUPER spread out.
The only “local” radio station I seem to be able to find is in Spanish.
… more to come