Having a visitor in town was the perfect excuse to do a lot of sightseeing, hiking and road tripping in the past seven days. Showing a first-time visitor around Arizona was a great way to see this beautiful part of the US with new eyes and our itinerary included revisiting old favorites of mine, like Saguaro National Park, road tripping to nearby towns such as the Old Western town Tombstone (including its hilarious cemetery) and the charming mining-turned-artist-town Bisbee, and escaping the hot desert summer to cooler temperatures up on top of Mount Lemmon, where I hadn’t been since 2010.
I find road tripping through the barren desert scenery both liberating and calming, the wide open plains and big skies that imply the land in front of you is yours to discover, evoking a true feeling of freedom which fills my heart with joy. Driving down the empty country roads that cut through the land like a never ending straight line made me wish I’d be road tripping for longer – I am dreaming of an epic road trip across the entire U.S., lasting at least three months. While I won’t have enough time to do it this year (and after a scary accident yesterday I am not sure if I’d have the guts to do it right now – but more on said accident in Sunday’s post), I am hoping to make this dream come true in the near future… I am dying to see the Pacific North West, drive across Texas, see Mt Rushmore, Montana and drive down the Florida Keys. Plus, I think a return trip to my favorite canyons in Northern Arizona is long overdue, combined with the National Parks in Utah I’ve been wanting to visit for years. So who’s up for a road trip?