When crossing from California...
When crossing from California into Arizona we were stopped at the border and checked for certain plants that we may be transporting into Arizona.I think they were checking for diseased plants and pests.
People with respiratory problems would go to Arizona for the clean air and dry climate.Now industry has moved in and the air is becoming polluted around the Phoenix area,and the humidity is said to be rising slightly.
There are inspection stations...
There are inspection stations as you enter Arizona from the highways. They are looking for fruits and vegetables and plants. They will confiscate these. They are trying to keep some bugs and stuff out of the crops here. They make everyone pull over. Now they also stop you on the way north out of Nogales Mexico to ask your country of origin.They have dogs at these stops too.
If you visit Tucson during...
If you visit Tucson during easter there is a tribe here called the Yaqui Indians that allow the public to come and watch their dances at their reservation right in town. Some of these dances go for days. They ask that you don't take any pictures though please. They do not charge. They dress in traditional outfits and there is a Deer Dance.
It was just very 'western' as one would expect. The area is in the middle of a severe drought so things were quite dry. Nevertheless, it was interesting to drive around and enjoy the different views that a desert has to offer. Had to get this shot of one of the Saguaro cacti in the Tonto National Forest!
Its nice being in a place...
Its nice being in a place where I can use the word 'y'all' again. Short for 'you all' and pronounced yawl; the word can be used as a greeting in most of the south- 'How y'all doin'?', or 'What's up y'all'.
The cactus wren
The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus. These birds were in the top of this unusually shaped saguaro cactus.
NICKNAME-Grand Canyon state.
SONG-Arizona March Song.
FLOWER-Blossom of the Seguaro Cactus.
GEM-STONE-Turqoise.LARGEST CITIES-Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale
FLAG-As seen here!The 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag represent both the 13 original colonies of the Union, and the rays of the Western setting sun. Red and gold were also the colors carried by Coronado's Spanish expedition in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola in 1540. The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag. Since Arizona was the largest producer of copper in the nation, a copper star was placed in the flag's center.
Be respectful of the natural...
Be respectful of the natural surroundings. Posted fines are everywhere for littering and it is enforced. Don't be Dork when it comes to your own waste. If you take it in, you take it all back out with you. The Anesters are watching & there are stories of what happeneds to the tourists who do not respect the land........
Fat Tire is good beer
Fat Tire is not widely available, I believe it is only a few western states that carry this Colorado made beer. Luckily Arizona is one of them. It's one our favorites.
Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona. .
SNOW ON MOUNT LEMON
HEY!! Snow in Arizzona on Mount Lemon. They rent skies in winter.
If you speak Spanish you can use it here however nearly everyone speaks English
I didn't get much time to...
I didn't get much time to spend getting into the local culture, but the people I did meet were very nice! In Scottsdale it seems as though everyone had a shiny new car
We have a large number of...
We have a large number of Indian reservations here in Arizona...The culture is very wonderful if you get a chance to go to a pow wow..Do it..Dont forget your camara!
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