It has been almost 4 weeks since John and I moved to Arizona. Being an Arizona newbie, I am learning a lot about the state (and the Southwest) that I never knew before. So, I thought I would share some of these interesting tid-bits!
When I first heard about haboobs I thought it was a joke. Have you heard of these things?!
They are crazy wind/sand/dust storms.
Since it is so sunny here, people tint their car windows super dark to help keep their cars cool. Most cars look okay, but every now and then you see one that looks straight out of a rap music video. I'm still considering whether or not I can pull off the tinted windows...
Along with the tinted windows, I can't even tell you how many cars left running I see in the parking lot. It's a pretty brilliant idea... so long as no one steals your car!
Also, many businesses (some Targets and grocery stores) have carports for their parking lot and misters spraying cool water while you walk into the store - not a bad gig!
Ice in grocery bags
When John and I first moved here, the cashiers at grocery stores would ask us if we wanted ice when we were checking out. I thought they were asking us if we wanted to buy big bags of ice.
I later realized that they were wondering if we wanted small bags of ice to put in our grocery bags to keep our food cold for the drive home.
Arizona thinks daylight savings is silly (and I do too!) so they decided not to join in on the party. Half of the year Arizona is Mountain Time, and the other half of the year they are Pacific Time.
Although Arizona is the desert, that doesn't necessarily mean flat! There are quite a few mountains and mountain parks around Phoenix and the state.
This is a bit confusing to me since I always picture Arizona as flat desert but Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet elevation and Sedona is at 4,500 feet... and the highest peak is at over 12,000 feet!