I grew up in the Arizona desert and have transplanted to Northern Utah. Both lands are considered desert but I love the variety of Utah and the range of places where we can go to play.
There are not many things I miss about living in Arizona but there are SOME things I miss a lot. A short list includes:
1. MY FAMILY – the majority have chosen not to make the trek to Zion and have continued to live in the land of heat and more heat. I miss seeing them a lot and know they are happy where they are. For me, Arizona is too hot and too much like how I envision -- well, think of where it is always supposed to be hot -- but the family sure makes it worth a trip down there once in a while.
2. DESERT SPRING—yes, this may seem weird, but I miss the beauty of the desert in the springtime. When the cactus is blooming, the desert becomes a thing of beauty (as opposed to a desolate place the rest of the year) that shows off something amazing. Our desert in Utah is barren and has little that could be considered beauty (unless you are interested in mesquite brush and cheat grass). There are some small flowers but nothing to rival the blooms I remember from my days in the confines of the 48th state.
Though I miss the colors and vibrant images, I will simply look on the Internet when I want to remember the beauties of the desert. No sense giving up something great for 1 month of really nice and 11 more of misery.
Here is a small sample of what we miss:
|Beautiful orange from the Ocotillo cactus|
|Mom made us pick the pears these flowers make. She|
would make a jelly from them -- didn't taste good to me
but some like it.
|Another pretty orange flower but this time from|
a prickly pear
|Saguaro is the state tree and the flowers are harder|
to see but when the desert is blooming it is
|Even the bees like these flowers|
|Yucca plant in bloom|
That’s about it for what I miss from my old home state. Hope I didn't offend too many with my personal opinions but after nearly 6 decades of life, I think I have got what I like and don’t like figured out pretty well.
And to those who live in St. George, Utah, you are just wannabe Arizonans. J