I’ll admit, I wasn’t always a fan of Phoenix, Arizona. Quite frankly, if our son hadn’t moved here eight years ago, I’m not sure how much time we’d actually spend in Phoenix, but let’s add in the fact that our daughter also lives here now …. well, need I say more … this place has definitely grown on me.
With that said, Phoenix, Arizona, has since become our ‘home’, our home base so to speak. We always manage to find some place in the Phoenix valley to park the RV for a lengthy stay and get in as much parent/child time as possible. Although, from Al’s and my point of view, there never seems to be enough time spent with the kids.
Gosh, they are adults after all and do have demanding jobs and lives of their own. Thus, we take what time we can get.
Our two favorite pastimes to spend together as a family are hiking and eating, and there’s no shortage of either around here.
As far as urban planning goes, I think Phoenix has done a fabulous job. Traffic can be a bear just like any other major city, but the road system is laid out in a somewhat organized manner compared to other cities and is easy to navigate. There are several expressways looping around the city to assist in keeping the dense amount of traffic moving.
Over the past several years of visiting Phoenix regularly, at all times of the year including summer, we’ve had the opportunity to observe traffic patterns and noticed there seems to be a sharp increase in traffic during the months of January, February, and March when the valley is loaded with snowbirds from the north. Once these snowbirders move on …. come April, the density of the traffic seems to lighten, and by May the city can once again breathe.
But what impresses me the most about Phoenix is the park / trail system. No matter what side of the valley we park the RV, there’s always a trailhead within a short distance. Quite often these trails feel remote, are rugged, and vary in challenge. Don’t be fooled, there are some very challenging hikes in this city.
There’s also tons of groomed, kid friendly parks with playground equipment perfect for families. Yes, urban planning at its finest.
Although the Superstition Mountains remains my favorite place to hike while in Phoenix, I’ve discovered several other wonderful trailheads.
Most recently, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time hiking at the Sonoran Preserve. The Desert Hills Trailhead was recently completed and is less than ten minutes away from our RV Park. The Apache Wash Trailhead is located a little closer to where our children live and makes for a great place for us to meet up.
This spring has been especially enjoyable hiking with the abundance of dense wildflowers. I’m a girly girl and a sucker for flowers.
So, while it may not have been love at first sight, I’ve come to appreciate and embrace all that Phoenix has to offer. Of course, the fact that my babies live here adds to mommy’s overall enjoyment ☺