Our journey takes us to Phoenix, Arizona, aka Valley of the Sun, the capital city of Arizona. This sprawling city sits at an elevation of 1,117 feet surrounded by the Sonoran Desert.
Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the United States and boasts a population of 1.47 million people. I’m sure the population increases substantially during the winter months as the subtropical climate attracts thousands of retirees otherwise know as “snowbirds” – folks escaping the cold and flocking to the desert southwest for the winter.
Winter high temperatures range from 60 to 70 degrees with 85% sunshine. Phoenix gets on average a mere 8 inches of rain per year. During our second week in Phoenix we encountered a couple of overcast and rainy days.
Al and I watch the local news and weather on our television. The rain was the main news story. Folks on the street were interviewed…..Did you know they actually had to use their windshield wipers? I know, wow – now that was news worthy!
I will admit after the good drenching of rain, the desert appears more brilliant. The cacti more colorful. The trails no longer dusty. The sky clear and blue. The rain made everyone and everything smile (moi excluded).
The warmth and sunshine are always quick to return making Lake Pleasant, located northwest of the Phoenix valley, the perfect spot to call home for a few days.