Arizona has been long cherished in my heart of hearts: the huge sky gives my soul room to breathe, the morning birds sing a familiar only-in-African tune, the year-round wall of warm air outside every door is delightful. My college roommate lives in Phoenix. My brother lives in Tucson. My cheerleader-adopted-mom lives in Yuma. Last spring, I photographed among the peach blossoms an elegantly fun wedding And this trip? I got to celebrate a tractor-and-desert wedding while adding an excursion to roadtrip to all three beloved cities.
As #thankfulthursday rolls around again, I am marveling at the opportunity this trip was and the delight of each new adventure, especially the time I had with my brother, sister-in-law, and sister in Tucson. Sisterfriend and I visited the Mission San Xavier del Bac and felt like we were transported to another country. I drove a long, straight road through the desert and eventually ended up driving past Saguaro National Park. We almost toured the Titan Missile Museum (our timing was a little off). And I definitely spent many many minutes acquiring as much straight-from-the-sun Vitamin D as I possibly could.
For my Canadaland friends who experience border lineups and 0 Avenue on a regular basis, I would also like to point out the unsightly WALL that separates Mexico from Arizona. I’m awfully thankful that we just have a ditch between Canada and Washington, but the juxtaposition is almost too much for my little brain to fathom; it was a different world down there along the southern border of Americaland, that’s for sure.