I just arrived at my new home for the next month and a half, beautiful, sunny Arizona. Its been almost three months since the last time I've seen grass and real sunshine, and it feels great. It is amazing how different Peoria, Arizona is from the rest of the country. We arrived here at about 5:30 PM and it was still 70 degrees outside. Just a few hours north of Peoria in Flagstaff it was only 45 degrees. Crazy how quickly the weather can change only a few miles apart.
We left Santa Fe, New Mexico at around 8:00 AM with only a seven hour drive left until we reached our final destination. We decided to stay the night in Santa Fe even though it was an hour or so out of the way. We heard from friends and family that it was a beautiful drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, about 50 miles of highway leading through the mountains of New Mexico. I am glad we decided to drive the few miles out of the way because we ended up getting some great pictures.
The craziest part about the trip was when we arrived in Northern Arizona. I have spent a lot of time over the past four years in Peoria, pretty much Phoenix, Arizona which is located towards the southern part of the state. The weather there is almost always extremely hot, except in the winter when it is a very comfortable 70 degrees. It is pretty much located in the desert where there really isn't any green grass or trees from all the summers days of over 110 degree heat. I figured that is what every part of Arizona looked like until I made my drive down the state today. Northern Arizona looks an awful lot like Vermont. The drive was awesome, through the mountains and tall green trees. It made me feel like I was back at home on the east coast.
The best part about the five day trip was seeing a lot of different areas of the country that I have never been through before. Even though the trip took a lot out of us and my lower back is still pissed at me for cramming it in my car for 40 hours, it is something I am really glad we experienced.