This year Dustin and I were given the opportunity to take a vacation to Scottsdale, AZ. Dustin works for a company called Reynolds & Reynolds. Every year at the end of the sales year, they treat the top salesman to a trip and 2015’s trip was to The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. I know, I know… when you hear Arizona, it’s not exactly the most ideal vacation spot. But let me tell you, it was fabulous. We went in November, which I think is honestly the best time of year to go. The days were warm enough to wear a tank and shorts, but not so warm that you would start sweating. The evenings were cool enough to wear a sweater and but you definitely didn’t need a coat.
A lot of the photographers that I follow are on the west coast, and a couple actually in Arizona. I always envy the way their pictures look. I typically attribute it to some fantastic film camera they shot with, or a crazy awesome editing technique that they did. While we were in Arizona though I found out why their images look so awesome… the lighting and the natural colors and the landscape of Arizona creates that beautifulness. (By no means am I belittling the talent of these photographers, they obviously still had edits and shooting skills that made their images outstanding.) The color of green that is found naturally in the landscapes of Arizona are so wondrously muted. If anyone ever wants to travel to Arizona for some photographs, consider me on board.
The last thing I want to touch on in hopes to persuade you to add Arizona to your travel list is the hiking. If you are currently in East Tennessee, you probably have done some hiking in the Smokey Mountains. Everything about hiking in the Smokeys is completely opposite when hiking in Arizona. First, all of your trails are dust and rocks as compared to the muddy, leafy, and grassy. Second, there are small cactuses and giant bolders that line the trail as compared to the sky-scrapping trees. There are both pros and cons to this different landscape, you can see all the views because there are not trees completely blocking but then there is also no shade making you completely susceptible to blistering sun. Third, it is incredibly easy to breath in Arizona with the zero humidity and really low altitudes. If you’re like me and have asthma, this is a big deal.
So that’s it. That’s my spill. Arizona is awesome! If you love to support local artists like myself, please go find me on social media by clicking the following links: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter! You can also hit the subscribe button above and subscribe to my blog and you’ll begin receiving my newest posts directly in your inbox!