During my hiking treks, I encountered bees-sweat bees, I guess you call them. They are a nuisance, and flying around your head. Swatting them away makes them angry. They are looking for water/sweat form your body. See below pictures of how many hang around a faucet at a trailhead
Be aware that the rental cars are not returned back to the airport, but rather about 3 miles to the west. The facility and lots that have the vehicles in the garages, is wedged by I-10, Loop 202 and Hwy 51. There area sign all along the highways to direct you to the return site rather than go through the airport area. However, if you come form the east end, you must pass the terminals and drive about 3 miles to get to the return places.
It hangs in the valley, and there is not much wind to blow it away on most days. That is why they have the smog alerts to tell those to take careful thought when going out, if you have respiratory problems, or even not.
Yes it is true it is a dry heat. We were there for a convention in late September a few years back and the high was 114 F and the lows overnight were above 100F, for 5 days! Walk nowhere outside as it as you are walking on a grill!
Arizona is hot during the summer and as a result, it is common to have backyard pools in houses here. Unfortunately, not all pools are fenced or have a net or covering over it --- and during parties, kids have been found fighting for their lives when left unattended.
So, if ever you are in a friend's house in Arizona and thery have a pool, make sure you pay a close watch on your child even if the pool is fenced. Kids have a way of finding themselves into the water!
The Fire Department has launched several pool safety programs in Arizona because of yearly deaths from prevenetable drowning.
In Arizona, you will see a lot of these Saguaro cactus plants which are hundreds of years old –I read somewhere that it takes some 50 years to just grow one branch (well, if not true, then a lot of years anyway).
So, let it be known that it is illegal to harm a saguaro in any way! You can go to jail or get fined – I don’t know the specifics but don’t even be rude to this wild cactus.
In residential lots, homeowners have to make sure that they pay for the “relocation” of a saguaro cactus if they want it out of their property.
There is a rich forest of saguaro cactus in Tuscon - a national park is there where you can drive through the unending saguaros…Respect this plant.
Be warned that although Phoenix is in the desert, they get monsoons during the hot months. We stayed in Phoenix in August one year and in a matter of minutes, the weather turned for the worse, and we ended up with torrential downpours for a couple hours. the aftermath was flooded streets and downed trees.
Anyway my comments on baby clothes in this country. They have a stupid size system and I think most people dont understand it. I certainly have made the mistake, so have my parents, even one of my american friends. OK you are asking what is it. For example if it says 3 months it means upto 3 months not 3 to 6 months like you would think! i think this is part the reason why everyone thinks american kids clothes are small, because they are really one size smaller than what you think. If you look at the weight range. i bought loads of baby grows in the sales (which by the way they call them stretchies or sleepers) thinking they were for 6-9 months as they were labelled 6 months in reality they are 3 to 6 months so my baby has lots of baby grows for the next few months while it is still hot/warm!!!! My friend did the same so she has about 6 really thick ones as well as some thinner ones.
This detail is only apparent when you look at the weight range. The other cofusing thing is not all brands are labelled this way!!!! So extra care needs to be taken when buying baby clothes
I recently was looking to book a car rental in Phoenix to drive to Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, to visit my son, who is stationed there.
I could not believe the fees charged now to rent a car in Phoenix! The charges added up to more than 2/3 of the rental fee! It was over $100 US!
My $150 one-week rental would be over $250 with all the fees! Ridiculous! This does NOT include the "insurance" fees which are a rip-off unto themselves! And most American drivers don't need to buy such insurance since most auto insurance policies include rental cars you let. Tucson is not any better, the fees are lower, but the car rental rate is higher, so it makes no difference to go there and rent a car, it will cost the same. I found to rent a car in Yuma, the fees were only about $40. Better yet, I found a rental car in San Diego, the fees were less than $16, so I booked a flight there and am renting the car in San Diego, besides, the car is $8 cheaper and the flight cost was about the same, and it is about the same distance to Yuma from Phoenix or San Diego! If you can avoid renting a car in Phoenix, please do, or you will pay these ridiculous fees! It doesn't matter if you rent at the airport or not, most of these are county "surcharges" that would be charged no matter where one rented a car in the area. If you plan to visit Arizona and other States in the area, I would urge you not fly to Phoenix and rent a car there, don't make it your home base, instead, go to California, Nevada, or Utah, first and travel to Arizona, if you can, from outside. Most car rental companies allow you to drive to neighboring states from the one you rent the car in. I think this is really gouging the tourists who go to Arizona! If people stop renting cars in Phoenix and Tucson, maybe they will roll these horrific fees back! Let's boycott renting cars in Phoenix and Tucson!
If you are in Phoenix and get the urge to merge, remember this! Prostitution in the US is not taken lightly, especially in Phoenix. The county sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has made it his obsession to rid Phoenix and Maricopa county of prostitutes. At the firm I worked at on Van Buren, supposedly the "main street" for prostitutes, our parking lot was used by the Sheriff's dept for their "mobile headquarters" for their sting ops to clean up prostitution. I saw a steady stream of pros and johns go into their processing trailer and then the paddy wagon to the jail! The prostitute you solicit may be a police officer, so I would stongly urge you to belay your merging until another place and time!
This tip is only a warning to those who wish to break the law. ie. criminals, terrorists, etc.
We have the best police in the world here in Arizona and they equipted to handle and all problems. They are true professionals and have earned the respect of the vast majority that live here.
If you stay within the law and use common sense they will completely leave you alone, and even help you if you have problems (a car breakdown for instance).
However if you wish to break the law they will deal with you harshly! The peace is respected around here, and those who violate are punished.
The Mexican nationals in this picture just shot some other Mexican nationals on the Interstate 10 highway. Within moments they were all in custody.
Maricopa county houses many of it's prisoners in tent encampments in the desert which can reach temperatures of 160 degrees farenheit. If someone wants to find out how tough they really are, they should get themselves arrested here!
The local population does not feel sorry for law breakers. We have very liberal laws, so it hard to be labeled a "criminal".
Prisoners are issued pink underwear and fed moldy bologny twice a day.
Prisoners are also required to labor for their room and board.
The Sheriff reserves the air-conditioned cells for his dogs.
Law enforcement is in no way comparable to other countries, like Mexico for instance, where law enforcement is disgracefully corupt!
If you ever move to the USA you mustbe aware of the lights in house/appartments.
When my husband moved into our appartment he sat in darkness for the first night as in America it is not usual to have lights on the ceiling except in the kitchen and bathroom.
Instead you need to buy a bigstand up light and plug that in the correct plug which is connected to your light switch in the entrance of the rooms.
If you plug things into the wrong sockets you could be turning on your tv, radio etc as you walk into your house!!!
Please do not stay in the Hostel in Phoenix. It is unsafe esp. if you are a woman. Downtown Phoenix was not that safe for me. I actually had a guy follow me in a car while I was walking to my motel. Luckily the guys at the motel shooed him away. It's much safer to stay in Tempe. Also, the homeless population is increasing in the Phoenix/Tempe (mostly young kids).
Phoenix is like every other metropolitan American city. there are poor parts and there are extremely rich parts. The rich parts will treat you as bad as the poor parts if they feel you are out of their league. The poor parts are filled with children laughing and playing and also not so good things as well. The bus system here isn't the best if you are in a suburb (i.e. Glendale,Peoria,Mesa,Scottsdale.)But in Tempe the bus system runs very well because there are three different buses that run in downtown tempe. So in Tempe you would be fine to travel by foot, but in other parts of town rent a car it will make it easier and less irritating.
If you go to Phoenix looking to grab a meal at Mel's Diner, it is no longer in business. The building is still there on Grand Ave, but now is just a shadow of how it once looked on the show Alice.
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