Wild Wild West: Arizona!


Last weekend I visited some friends who recently moved to the suburbs of Phoenix not too long ago. The weather at this time of the year was absolutely perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities – and Arizona definitely has a lot to offer for the outdoorsy-types, especially since Spring Training starts this weekend! Wish I was still there to see my teams in action – I did not want to leave – but maybe next year! Last time I was there in the summer, it was extremely hot outside, but we were able to visit Salt River, where you can rent tubes and float down the river. SO fun. I highly recommend it if you are in the area.

This trip, we made a trek up to the top of White Tanks,  a mountain range on the west side of the Phoenix area. There are hiking trails in the area, but we drove all the way to the top of the mountain.

Us girls got out a bit before the top to get a mini-hike in. When we got to the top, at 4,000 feet, there were 360-degree views. We could see all of Phoenix – downtown, Tempe, I even spotted the Cardinals stadium from all the way up there! I also got to check out some of the natural vegetation that you don’t see all that often in CA.The scenery in Arizona is unlike anything else.

Looking towards Phoenix – that white speck in the distance is the University of Phoenix stadium where the Cardinal’s play!

After coming down from White Tanks, we went shootin’! This aspect of Arizona truly reminds me of the Wild West – the lax rules regarding guns. I am not used to seeing people open-carry guns, and especially not being able to pull off on some dirt road and set up your own range and shoot pretty much wherever you want – but it’s awesome. And that’s exactly what we did. All of us girls shot a plethora of firearms, and hung out on the tailgate of the truck. The best part was shooting clays. None of us had ever done it before, but we all were able to hit the clays a bunch of times!

It was nice to get outdoors in the warm weather – the weather in San Diego has been weird lately. It seems like there is so much to do in Arizona, and I can’t wait to go back, soon hopefully! We still have the Grand Canyon on our list, and I definitely want to float Salt River again.

6 responses »

  1. Probably the most non-European thing you can do – set up a shooting range by the roadside. You will have the SWAT on you in 5 minutes. Although there are some exceptions… like France, where the nature is regarded as the extension of one’s fridge.

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