Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vacationing in Tucson

Last week Angie announced that as part of Wordful Wednesday she was going to offer a prompt for our posts and photos that we could chose to use if we wanted to.

Hmmm.... I thought. I guess that could be fun.

Then I read the prompt: What is your favorite travel destination? Show & Tell us about it.

My first though was... Well, I guess I will opt out of this week's prompt!

You see, I have never traveled anywhere exotic or interesting. I have never been out of the country... who am I kidding?! I've only been in about 10 states in my entire life (some of them only briefly).

Then as I got thinking about it, I realized that the destination did not have to be somewhere foreign or exotic. It just has to be a place that I love to visit. So I decided to participate in the prompt this week, and my chosen location is Tucson, Arizona.

I met my husband while attending graduate school in Tucson. It was so different from what I was used to! No leafy trees, very little grass, and so many sharp plants! I wasn't sure if I liked Tucson at all. Then I met my Honey Daddy, we were married six months later and I ended up living in Tucson for a couple of years.

Needless to say, my dislike turned into a love for the desert and its unique beauty. Now we live in Utah, but every Christmas we return to Tucson to spend the holidays with my husband's family and I look forward to the trip.

Last year as we traveled to Tucson, my oldest son was excited to see the "funny trees" they have down south. Somehow I know my vacation has started when we see Joshua trees and tall palms:

It is so nice to leave the snow and cold to travel to the city with over 350 sunny days per year. Last year my husband and I brought our bicycles with us so we could get some cycing in while we were on vacation. There are so many great places to ride, and some pretty nice views along the way.

I love to be able to take my boys to the park and play in the middle of the winter. The weather is spectacular, and so are some of the local plants.

These plants command respect, don't they?

Not all the plants are sharp and spiny, see:

I love the sunshine in the middle of the winter. I love to go hiking and biking in and around Tucson. I love to see the saguaros, ocotillo, palo verde trees, prickly pear cactus, and the orange, lemon and grapefruit trees. I love the sounds of the desert and the warm breezes. I love to visit Tucson.

Every year we somewhat reluctantly head home from out vacation loaded with Christmas presents. Inevitably we also bring home a ton of pecans and grapefruit from the trees at my in-laws house. Yummy, huh?

How could I not love to visit Tucson? It is my summer sun in the middle of the cold winter. It is one of my favorite travel destinations. What's yours?

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  1. Travelers can still enjoy even on a tight budget. Just try to do some research on cheap airfare since most airlines offer lower price. Doing some outdoor activity can also save some penny. Enjoying the scenery is an adventure itself.
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  2. I think heading somewhere warm every winter is a splendid idea!! And yes...a cactus DOES demand respect!! :)

  3. I once visited Scottsdale...it was also very nice!

  4. Beautiful pics!!! TFS!! I love the last one! It looks just perfect!

  5. Thanks for the sneak peek into your area. It's beautiful!

  6. Gorgeous photos. I have not ben to Tucson in a long, long time. Happy WW!

  7. oooo i love it!! great shots!! we traveled to santa fe NM this past summer and LOVED it! love that cactus!

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  8. Lovely pictures of your home area. I love the juicy grapefruit pic the best.

  9. You had me looking up what a Joshua Tree looks like. :) Great pics!

  10. I have always wanted to visit Tucson. My hubby got to go there for a meeting, no wives and kids. He took one picture off his balcony. I was not pleased. He saw so much and got no proof of it. I'd love to se Red Rocks too. Happy WW and take care.

  11. I think that would be a great place to go, especially when its cold outside.

  12. I love Tucson. One of my best girlfriends lives there.....and I love to visit her in the winter time to escape the cold winter months here in Minnesota.
    And yet, since I've had the kids, I am sad to say that my trips out there have been too few too mention. WAH!!

  13. I lived in Tucson for 6 months and Phoenix for 6 months. I thought I would love it....I didnt. A great place to visit though. Goods pictures!

  14. Sounds amazing! I don't travel much, it gets my anxiety going so I just stay home.

  15. Ooh, lovely photos -- would love to visit there one of these days!

  16. Beautiful photos!! enJOY your day!!

  17. I've only ever visited like 10 states as well, so I know how that goes! I haven't been to Tucson but would love to go someday! I would love to live there; I enjoy warmth!!

  18. We lived in Tucson for 6 years. When I first moved there I thought it was too brown and ugly. Soon I began to love it and find it beautiful. I really miss the mountains.