Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog

rain drops on the palo verde


In these days of climate change, it's hard to know what's normal when you are new to an area. Two weeks ago in Tucson record low temperatures were set - 17ยบ as I recall. A week later record highs were set in the low '80's. We liked those records much better. Then we went to Quartzsite which averages four inches of rain a year and endured a steady drizzle for 36 hours. Now that we are in the Phoenix area they are reeling from record rainfall - over an inch in 24 hours. It actually feels humid here.

We're camped in suburban Tempe, a city setting with apartments all around us. The campground is neat and well organized, but the quarters are tight. It would not normally be our choice, but we are here to attend a Road Scholar program on photography taught by a photographer who works for Arizona Highways, a noted magazine featuring what's scenic in this state. This is the nearest campground to the hotel where everyone else is staying. Ken probably won't learn a thing this week, but we always enjoy being taken to scenic spots we might not find on our own. It's also a nice break in the camping routine where we are with lots of other people interested in learning and photography and I won't have to cook.

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