I live in Tucson, Arizona, in the heart of the Sonoran desert, among the Saguaro and Javelina. I love it here; the desert has a unique kind of beauty: vast, sparse, ancient, and enduring. I love the spectacular sunsets, and the spicy smell after a long-needed rain. I love the tough resilience of desert life, which still somehow manages to reveal a fragile beauty now and then.
Last weekend, I did a ten-mile hike to the summit of Mt. Kimball, in the Santa Catalina mountains. This hike goes past Finger rock, which is a really distinctive feature that can be seen from all over Tucson.
There's nothing like being on a mountain!