Look, I’ll just say it – I love you.
I know it’s been a long time coming, and that maybe I’ve denied it in the past.
I’m sorry if I’ve ever called you boring, or unwelcoming, or even threatened to move.
I hope you didn’t take it personally. I was young and foolish when I said all those things and hadn’t taken time to travel or open my eyes to all your wonderful features.
And what would those features be? Well, Arizona, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
- I love your industrious, final frontier spirit.
Somehow you got me enthralled in the mining history of many of our cities. But when you visit a town like Superior and stand amongst century-old brick buildings, frankly, it’s easy to get caught up in the romance of it all. Can you imagine leaving everything you knew behind to move westward with dreams of striking it rich?
- I love your ghost stories.
The Old West was truly wild. It left behind ghost towns, usually settlements that were mining boomtowns abandoned after their mines closed. It also left behind tales of the people who lived here before us and those who may still haunt our buildings’ hallowed halls.
- I love your small towns.
Globe, Kingman, Florence – Arizona has an abundance of small towns. And each of them has its own charm. These are why I hate hurrying on road trips. I always want to stop and see what little gems I can find.
- I love your nature.
From desert to forest to canyon, Arizona’s landscape is beautiful. Add in a dollop of sunshine (though the summers be brutal) and you have the perfect recipe for some great outdoor trips and hikes.
So there you have it, Arizona. I hope you can forgive my past misgivings about you and accept that I’m in it for the long haul.
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