|Spring desert poppies in Arizona
Old as I am, it became clear soon after the moving van dropped off our stuff and left that my flexibility for so much change ain't what it used to be. Everything is different in this town we chose:
- Elevation (we went from 36 feet above sea level to 5000 feet [and there are consequences to that])
- Summer, spring, winter, and a fall
- An appalling lack of bagel shops
- Most major retailers don't seem to know about this place
- Limited medical services
- Five trash collection companies you have to somehow pick among and hire one
- Jaw-dropping panoramas along any highway
- Friendly people
- Lots and lots of dogs
- Granite-based soil you can't push yard decorations into without power tools
- Troops of elk that roam the town and help themselves to your roses and pear trees
We are beginning to learn the politics of the place and the layout of the local Walmart, but we have a long way to go. All of you who have moved a long, long way to a very different home know what I mean.
More later from the Grand Canyon State.