[Jan 20-24, 2012]
There’s a girl I’ve been friends with since 6th grade, and let me tell you: she’s one of the loveliest people I know. It easily follows, then, that her family is one of the loveliest families I know – but the thing is, her family moved to Arizona when she and I were in college, so I rarely get to see them. I’m lucky my friend stayed in the Chicago area – as I know she and her family miss living in the same city. I hope her family knows that I do my very best to take care of her as family would :)
This friend of mine is getting married soon, and as such – I booked trip to Tucson, Arizona with her for multiple purposes: to see her family. to participate in some bridal shower/bachelorette celebrations. AND… for me to finally see Tucson! Surprisingly enough, this trip marked my first visit to Tucson – and my first visit to the fine state of Arizona, too. Between my bride-to-be friend and another dear friend who also who has family there and loves the city, it’s a little crazy it took this travel-bug so long to get out there.
This four-day trip was my first true experience “inhabiting” a desert climate. [Exceptions include a drive through Wyoming on family vacation in junior high and a stop-off in the Palm Springs area on my Cali trip in 2008]. Absolute, primary takeaway? Cacti. are. awesome.