The Beauty of Southeastern Arizona

Southeastern Arizona, particularly around Sierra Vista, is so un-Arizona. Before we moved to Arizona I always thought of this state as just a hot and dry place. I think everyone’s heard the phrase, “It’s a dry heat!” But I must say that SE Arizona totally breaks all of the rules that I thought this state had to follow.

The Bisbee Falls only flow during monsoon season in SE Arizona which is usually from July-September.
The Bisbee Falls only flow during monsoon season in SE Arizona which is usually from July-September.
We are currently going full force into monsoon season. The beauty of monsoon in SE Arizona is that once the rains start to fall most afternoons the temperature does a nose dive. I often travel home in the afternoons with the temps hovering in the low 80s and sometimes 70s. The grass is amazingly green now. And the abundance

Male flowers of the Meadow Rue
Male flowers of the Meadow Rue
of wildflowers in this area is simply astonishing. We also have waterfalls throughout the area that look like something you would see in a tropical setting. Yes, SE Arizona is amazing!

Lady Bugs gather on Carr Peak to mate before descending to lower elevations to feast on aphids.
Lady Bugs gather on Carr Peak to mate before descending to lower elevations to feast on aphids.
While the flowers are in bloom we’re trying to hit the trails as often as possible. This weekend we ventured on a hike up to Carr Peak which was better than I could have imagined.  Aside from the wildflowers, the views were breathtaking. And the yearly influx of lady bugs on the peak were worth the hike in itself. So for now I’m curing my Ramblin’ Fever with weekend hikes. I’d be foolish to go running off somewhere else when there’s so much beauty around me! So here are a few photos from our hike. I hope you’re finding something amazing to enjoy where you live. Get out this weekend and experience something new!

View of the Reef from Carr Peak trail
View of the Reef from Carr Peak trail

Arizona Thistle
Arizona Thistle

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