Happy Monday, friends!
I super love writing favorites posts, because I get to share a little piece of what I have been loving. My standard favorites posts from back in the day (click here for examples) would have me all up in my personal day-to-day, and you know I have been getting down with some T-Swift and Gilmore Girls these days, but what I want to share with you today are four things we have loved the most so far in Arizona!
My new life goal is to only eat Mexican food for the rest of our time in Arizona.
No but seriously, the tacos are out of this world. My parents grew up in southern California, I have lived in San Diego, and have been to Mexico twice. I am well versed in consuming authentic Mexican food. Any time I move somewhere far away from the border, I get a little sad about leaving the legit carnitas tacos and sopapillas behind!
When Will and I found out we were temporarily relocating to Arizona, the FIRST thing I got excited for was Mexican food. My first taco that I bit into was pork and pineapple and I never ever want to eat anything else ever again.
Okay well… maybe I’ll make an exception for In-N-Out, because their animal style burger satisfies my soul, and I cannot get away with a trip to this iconic California dining experience without one of their chocolate shakes. It may stick to my hips temporarily, but it will live in my heart forever.
We are dead in the middle of monsoon season, and it is to die for. Every roll of thunder, every crash of lightning, every gust of wind has me running to the window or outside my suite to get a peek at the incredible weather sweeping across the desert valley that we are blessed to call home.
The air quality is so exquisite that as you drive across the plains, you can see the billows of clouds for miles and miles. You can see a rain storm from a great distance because it looks like a great black cloud has been smudged down to earth.
There is lightning almost every day, whether near by or far off, and it slices through the sky and clouds with an incredible ferocity. Unlike Florida’s typical afternoon storms that make you feel like you need to get indoors immediately otherwise you will be drenched and electrocuted, the monsoons here are more of a spectator’s storm. Usually.
Mountains vs. Beach.
I PICK MOUNTAINS! Everywhere you go, they are different. Will grew up in a Utah valley and I was born in Nevada, in the shadow of the Carson and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. The desert mountains have their own unique beauty and characteristics that just scream home for us. We both love camping, hiking, national parks, and lakes. Mountains are just home.
There are some great mountains right around us here on the Arizona-Mexico border. We had the blessing to explore Ramsey Canyon a couple weeks ago, but we also have a great mountain right behind our hotel that we love to climb in the evenings at golden hour.
#4—The friendly neighborhood dinosaur
Last but certainly not least, is this dinosaur we discovered one day as we were driving home from Tucson. He lives outside a McDonalds in Benson and we pulled over immediately upon seeing him so that we could introduce ourselves.
According to the internet, this ravenous raptor is not the only prehistoric dino that lives at Arizona McDonalds across the state. Apparently there is a T-Rex at a Tucson location and he has lived there since 1994, shortly after Jurassic Park came out. I definitely think he deserves a visit next time we go to Tucson!
If there’s anything to love about Arizona, it is that the state appears to share my love for dinosaurs.
As Will and I marvel at how fast our time in the desert is slipping by, we are definitely trying to take advantage of this opportunity to explore a new place. There’s so much to love here! If you have been to southern Arizona, let us know what your favorite things are!
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