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.
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