The Grand Canyon
Exactly 100 years ago today, Arizona became the 48th state of the United States of America. That's right, on Valentine's Day 1912.
When I moved to Arizona almost 32 years ago, in March 1980, I was less than thrilled. I loved my native state of California and I felt nothing could compare to it in beauty. Arizona seemed so stark and barren, so inhospitable.
I only knew a small taste of Arizona at that time. Over the years, I have come to know the contrasting forms of magnificence found throughout my adopted state, and that is what I celebrate today: the beauty of Arizona, our home.
Organ Pipe National Monument
The red rock of Sedona
The Petrified Forest
Oak Creek Canyon
The Painted Desert
A rainbow over the desert (with petroglyphs)
Sunset over the desert
And, of course, my beloved White Mountains, our home.
Arizona is known as "The Grand Canyon State." As you can see, she is that, and much, much more.