Every time we board the plane, our daughter gets so excited to see the changes...from wet and gray weather to hot and bright, cloudless skies; pine trees to cacti; green, lush landscapes to rocky, sandy desert; and gray, steel buildings to tan, stucco structures. The differences are night and day!
The flight time is comparable to that of flying to Vegas (about 3 hours?) but we had a layover in San Diego so it took well over that. Once we landed in Phoenix, my mom and step-dad picked us up not too long after.
Colorful sculptures such as the wall of glass seen below, was one of Ava's favorites because the way the light filtered through created a rainbow-like effect in the area. It reminded her of some kind of candy land.
Birds such as the woodpecker and hummingbird were seen throughout, as well. If only I could get a photo of the hummingbird, you could see how magnificent these little tiny forces of nature are up close.
The stucco building with beam detail you see behind me in one of the photos is common in modern-day Arizona with its Southwestern rustic charm.
Lookout Points and Trails
Unfortunately, we weren't able to experience this because the kids were tired so the adults made it a point to come back and watch the magic happen. Maybe Vuong will be able to join us the 2nd time around.
Christmas in the Desert
- Apply at least an SPF 30 from head to toe. Bring an extra tube for re-application.
- Pack or wear a baseball cap, sun hat, or sunglasses for added sun protection. Heck - you can even pack a parasol if you're feeling a little bit "extra."
- Pack a bottle of water. Preferably ones of those bottles that keep your water cool.
- Comfortable shoes or sandals (now's not the time to break in your cute new heels).
- A light jacket or sweater. We were fine, but my mom was feeling a little chilly.
- A fully charged camera or one of those portable phone chargers because you'll have a hard time finding an outlet.
- A light snack - just make sure you throw away your trash.
- A cross-body bag to free up your hands.
For more information on this beautiful place, check here: www.dbg.org/