Last week I spent some time on the West Coast, going from the beautiful, lush green imagery of the Northeast on down and over to the brown deserts of Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. I was there for my day job but managed to enjoy a bit of the landscape while visiting.
First thing I noticed? The heat. Holy crow, I went from getting on a plan at 0630 hours EST and it being all of forty degrees outside to that of ninety plus when I landed at 0930 hours MST. It wasn’t a humid type of heat we’re used to here in New Jersey but more so a hot, dry heat. Immediately my skin screamed for hydration and I couldn't down enough water throughout the day. Yes, it was pretty dang bad.
Next thing I noticed was that my eyes were starved for color. Everywhere I looked, all I saw was brown desert, sand, tumbleweeds and more sand. Have I mentioned the heat yet? It wasn't a dank type of environment but different from what those of us on the East Coast are used to. It reminded me of when I was in the military and was deployed to the Middle East. That kind of desert, where it's so pretty cause it is just that different. Yet, still, my eyes were starved.
Well, yes, the first day was quite a shock to the system; however, after day one I took a moment to slow down, step out of the busy shoes of always being on the go NE style and look around. What I saw was pretty phenomenal, and I’ve attached a few pictures below.