Two of my favorite states celebrate birthdays today. Arizona became a state in 1912 and Oregon became a state in 1859. Both on Valentine’s day. Both states that I love!
If you read my bio you know I grew up in Oregon. All of the fun and the pain growing up entails happened in the Willamette Valley south of Portland. Climbing trees, fishing and camping trips, jumping off bridges into the Mollala River, high school success, angst, failure. All of it! I still have family and friends there and I visit when I can, which is not enough.
I have lived in Arizona more than 10 years now and I have fallen in love. The desert beauty is just as beautiful as the forests of Oregon but in an almost opposite way. The Sun shines here like the rain falls there.
Both have amazing wildlife! Here we have King Snakes, Rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters, Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Big Horn Sheep, Lizards, and so many birds, including Quail everywhere!
In Oregon it’s possums (OK, not so amazing), Raccoon’s, Beavers, Garden Snakes, Mountain Lions (Cougars), and so many fish.
Both have a wide variety of plant life. Oregon with the Douglas Fir, Cherry Trees, Boston Fern, Strawberries, Raspberries, Moss, Grass grows wild! and the rich top soil is feet deep. How does your Oregon garden grow? Amazingly with just a little care.
Arizona is home to the Sonoran Desert and the State Flower the Saguaro! Also we have all kinds of plants that want to kill you; Cholla, Ocotillo, Prickly Pear and Barrel Cactus.
Oregon’s Summer light last until nearly 10:00 pm! Arizona has the world’s best Sunrises and Sunsets. Oregon is home to Mt. Hood, Crater Lake, and the The Three Sisters. Arizona has the Grand Canyon and the country’s only known Jaguar living just a few miles south of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains. Both states have so much beauty to brag about.
Turns out this year is the perfect year for me to reflect and expound on the two states that I love the most. (don’t worry New Mexico and Texas, I still love you two too) Turns out that Oregon is 53 years older than Arizona and I am 53 years old! Coincidence? Probably.