A well planned four night weekend can seem like a very long time, especially when you go some place very different from home and do very different things, which can mean not much! My daughter Lori and I just came back from Phoenix and the desert. She lives in the Emerald City of Seattle and I live here in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Phoenix, we stayed at a resort, Pointe Hilton, on the north edge of town. Surrounding the property were acres of city owned land with lots of walking and hiking trails. Lori is a walker, over 15 miles a week, but she walks in a residential part of the city. I on the other hand walk to the car. So walking in the desert was and looked very different.
After we spent much of the day walking in the desert, the next day we went to a botanical garden to learn what we were seeing! Lori remembers the names of the plants. I do not. She had so much more fun the third day walking, again knowing what was was looking at. She was excited to have experienced something very new and learning about it too! The landscape was all was very visually stimulating for us.
I am very aware how the change of scenery is for me when I go to Seattle to see the white capped mountains and the water everywhere. Now, having experienced two very outdoor trips back to back, I have certainly perked up my spirits and body. (Now Harriet, keep up the good work…)
An extra visual I had on this trip was at Chicago O’Hare Airport. They had a four inch snow storm and the first of the season. The snow plows were eager to go! Out on the tarmac, we counted the huge plows. There were 17 in a row moving towards the runways and many snow-blowing trackers everywhere! Only in Chicago! Dallas may not have the snow but the airport is so much bigger and spread out. My plane was late arriving and I missed my connection, but at least my luggage made it!