I have a bunch of friends who live in the Phoenix metropolitan area, known locally as the Valley of the Sun.
This place in south-central Arizona is the largest metropolitan area in the American Southwest and is made up of several cities and towns including but not limited to Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, Temple, and Surprise. Whenever I visit the area, there is plenty to do for a fan of the outdoors. One of my associates in Phoenix took me to the Phoenix Mountains on my first trip to The Copper state, and I was baffled at how the city had at one point swallowed the small mountain range as it developed around it. It made me think about the same thing happening with the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt. I live in Albuquerque and can’t help but prefer the Sandia Mountains because of the vast woodlands that can be hiked for hours on end over years of one’s life. On top of that, I also prefer cannabis in New Mexico and most of my friends agree with me. I had a few stay at my apartment in West Mesa for a weekend and we all got blasted on a jar of Girl Scout Cookies flower buds and it was a fantastic three-day experience. They all said they would consider living in New Mexico for the quality of the weed alone. Not to mention the temperatures in Albuquerque are slightly more mild than they are in Phoenix and the rest of the Valley of the Sun. It can get over 110 degrees in the summers in south-central Arizona.