Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #49-The Arizona One

Thirteen Things about Arizona

Since my folks retired, they have lived in many different places. I think its because they get restless in one spot, so every few years or so, they move again. They are currently in the San Antonio area, but Mrs Duck and I have not visited there yet. Out of all the places they lived before Texas, Arizona was my favorite spot. So, 13 facts and bits about Arizona.

1.Arizona is the 48th state in the union. It was incorporated into the United States on February 14, 1912.

2.Whoever came up with the statement "But its a dry heat" has never been in Phoenix at 2 pm in August. About the only thing that is dry is the heat, because the rest of your body is soaked.

3.Arizona does not have daylight savings time. Which can get annoying when you are trying to call from the eastern time zone, because sometimes it is a 2 hour time difference and sometimes its 3.

4.They have a pretty cool state flag.

5.The Gin Blossoms, who I have already mentioned once this week, were based out of Arizona. Stevie Nicks was also born in Phoenix. It is usually a big deal when Fleetwood Mac makes an appearance there, like some sort of homecoming.

6.In July and August, Arizona experiences the Monsoon season, which features winds, heavy downpours and very very cool lightening.

7.Sedona is a city in Arizona that seems to have an artsy culture. Though I could see how artists are drawn there, when surrounded by the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, which almost appear to glow, or be alien rock formations.

8.Alice Cooper is also a famous musical son from the state. He has returned to open up a couple of sports bars, one located very close to Bank One Ballpark, which I am sure by now has changed its name. Cooper is a near fanatical golfer as well, which is probably another reason he decided to move back to Arizona.

9.Speaking of Golf courses, there are over 300 of them within the state.

10.Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the worlds most prominent architects, had his winter home, Taliesin West in Scootsdale. It is now open to the public and trust me, it is well worth the trip.

11.Arizona was home to German and Italian POW camps and Japanese Internment camps during World War 2. I actually visited a site of one of these camps, after it was closed of course, but did not know it at the time, since it is now the Phoenix Zoo.

12.Of course, Arizona is where I first experienced the wonder that is an In N Out Burger. This maybe one of the biggest reasons I miss visiting Arizona.

13.One of the other reasons I miss visiting Arizona is because it is a photographers dream.
Sedona 1
Sedona 2

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cowboytf said...

My nephew is headed to the RO's to work on the wagon today!! I told him hot was an understatement!

Anonymous said...

This past summer we visited the Grand Canyon and Mt. Lemmon. It was very beautiful!

Starrlight said...

I miss summer Thunder and Lightning storms SO MUCH.

The smell of rain on hot pavement is one of my top 10 smells =)

Buck Naked Politics said...

Wow! It really is a photographer's dream. Incidentally, I agree with you re: the "dry-heat" thing: it has its problems, too. I'm from Florida (very wet heat). When I visited NYC this summer (pretty dry heat), I felt really dried out -- even after drinking about twice as much water as I do in FL.

erin said...

I have an aunt who lives in Arizona, and #3 is annoying. I have been to Sedona once, and it is absolutely beautiful, as are your pictures! Happy TT!

My list is 13 words I love.

Nancy said...

I want to go to Sedona so badly. Someday!

Your pictures are awesome!

Comedy + said...

The pictures are breathtaking. I've visited Arizona and have to agree that it is indeed a great place. Have a great TT. :)

Michael Schurmann said...

Amazingly beautiful! But way too hot!

Denise Patrick said...

I miss southern Arizona, but not Phoenix. I get my fix once or twice a year when I go back to visit my Dad. I, too, love Arizona - but mostly Tucson and parts south.

Happy TT!

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

The pictures are gorgeous! I've only been to AZ twice for work conferences (in August--ugh!!).

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Beautiful pictures

Gabriella Hewitt said...


Thank you for visiting my TT last week. This week I am thanking my fellow TTer's. Come by and get your thanks!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

It IS gorgeous, Sparky. I'd like to go there one day and see it for myself.

And you're right: the state flag IS one of the coolest out there.

Tilly Greene said...

AHHH, In-n-Out burgers are so very delicious, craveable really.

Although it looks lovely in your pics, I'm not sure I could spend much time in Arizona...its the idea of 300 golf courses that stop me at the border! Grrr, golf!

If you want, there is an internment camp in California that is very educational...really makes you think.

Chelle Y. said...

It sure is a pretty state!

There is an In N Out Burger down the street from me. I'll eat one for you today! Teasing!

It's Me... Maven said...

Fantastic photos!! :)

Tug said...

My spare tire melted to my trunk in Arizona. A trucker with green underwear had to yank it out for me.

don't ask.


Colleen Gleason said...

I've never been to Arizona, but my Music Man lived there for three years before we met. He loved Sedona, and swears that the best Mexican restaurant in America is called La Pari Esueza, and it's in Phoenix.

I don't know if I'll ever get there to check it out, but oh well. I don't like any heat--dry or not.

My TT's up--the first in a long while--about my favorite Movie Spoofs. Come by and share your faves!

Lisa Andel said...

Love the photos. Not sure how I feel about the zoo. It's kind of a slap in the face, isn't it?

Dragon said...

Wish I was there now. I looks so lovely.

Linda R. Moore said...

Oh, how cool! I've been to Arizona a few times--I love the scenery along Highway 70, the saguaros, etc. Very wild.

I had *no* idea about Alice Cooper.

Thanks for visiting my TT last week--now I'm catching up and reading yours. :)

Meg - Bad Homeschool Mom said...

I've never been to AZ but it's on my list of places to go. The closest I've come is watching all of the COPS episodes filmed there :D

Joy Renee said...

gorgeous gorgeous photographs!

thanx for visiting my Wretched Wednesday TT.

Yoshi said...

I love Arizona. I think I'd be living there now if I wasn't married. My sister is in Tucson, and my friends live in Phoenix.

I've been to San Antonio as well, it's pretty nice there as well!

Nice list, I totally need to go to Sedona.

The Gal Herself said...

Sparky! Your photos are gorgeous! You aren't superimposing dates on postcards, just to mess with us, are you?

Anonymous said...

I enjoy T13s where I learn new things, and Arizona sounds like a great state -- and so beautiful! Heh, the only thing I wouldn't like would be the heat... ;)

Happy T13, and thanks for visiting mine.

FRIGGA said...

My mom almost moved to AZ once - I'm glad she didn't.
Beautiful pictures!!

Happy TT13 too :P

Lara Angelina said...

Beautiful pictures -- ! Brought back memories as I was in Sedona years ago. Makes me want to go back (hopefully during the winter season!)
great TT and thanks for stopping by!

Nicole Austin said...

The pictures are great. I'd love to visit and see it for myself.

Happy TT!

Anthony said...

Sedona is a great place. I was there a while ago, and had my first and only encounter with a rattlesnake. I never knew I could run that fast!

julia said...

My aunt is from Arizona and when she's away from her home state, she misses it all the time. I love your first photo of the pool with the desert behind it. Really nice.

Ed said...

My memory of Arizona is the roller coaster approach to th Phoenix Airport.


amy said...

Neat list and I love the photos

Desert Songbird said...

The restaurant's name is La Parilla Suiza, and it specializes in Mexico City cuisine versus Sonoran cuisine which is heavy on the rice and beans. La Parilla Suiza is debatable as the best Mexican restaurant. Not my choice.

The BOB is now called Chase Field, but most of us still call it The BOB.

Oh, and I HATE Tucson. Central and Northern AZ are my choices, natch.

Desert Songbird said...

The restaurant's name is La Parilla Suiza, and it specializes in Mexico City cuisine versus Sonoran cuisine which is heavy on the rice and beans. La Parilla Suiza is debatable as the best Mexican restaurant. Not my choice.

The BOB is now called Chase Field, but most of us still call it The BOB.

Oh, and I HATE Tucson. Central and Northern AZ are my choices, natch.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sedona has the best mexican restaurant i have ever been it and i met sarge in arizona!

smiles, bee