The Best Perspective of Arizona is Leaving


View from an airplane, leaving Arizona because it sucks

This is my favorite view of Arizona. Sitting comfortably in a seat by the window, watching the desert slowly get further and further away. As I fly higher, I wonder why people even live in this barren desert? At 30,000 feet, you can’t see the cars, roadways and people. What you see is a brown desert with mountains, a place where people weren’t meant to live.

On one particular flight out of Arizona, there was a family in the row behind me who were apparently visiting the desert and were heading back home. As we took off, the father said, “Look out the window, kids, and see all the colors.”

The youngest son looked out the window and asked his father, “What colors?”

That statement from a young child stuck with me because it was as much a simple observation as it was true! What colors? Brown? Light brown? Tan? Sure those are colors, but they are all shades of brown! The brown clouds of pollution doesn’t help either!

That child’s innocent observation made me even happier to be leaving the desert. I knew it would be green where we would be landing, and I was ready to hit the lake to go skiing, swimming and fishing! There are those in Arizona who say you can ski, swim and fish in Arizona. Yes, they are correct. What they fail to tell you is you have to drive at least an hour to get to any lake. Once you’re there, it’s a small lake (compared to what I’m used to) and overcrowded. There isn’t much room to ski because of the narrow waterways. The worst part of going to an Arizona lake is it’s STILL DESERT! Being on a boat with cactus and rocks just isn’t my kind of lake experience.

Left Arizona, and it's green here...and there's water!

Taking a look at the two views from an airplane window, where would you rather be? As a disclaimer, I will tell you I used Adobe Fireworks to modify these images. I just don’t have any good photos from the airplane window, but those are real and unaltered aerial photos. These pictures are for illustration purposes to relay the feelings I experience when leaving Arizona, and arriving in another destination (the best part). Although altered images, the desert really looks as it does in that photo, and where I like to visit really looks like the other photo.

A view from the rear view mirror of leaving Arizona.

What’s just as good as flying out of Arizona? Driving out of Arizona! There is nothing I want more than to see Arizona in my rear-view mirror. I’ve flown and driven away from Arizona, and they’re both just as satisfying. In a way, however, it is somewhat depressing. You see, when you’re living your day-to-day life in Arizona, it’s easy to stay in denial and ignore the fact you live in a desert. But, once you fly above it or drive out of town through the desert, you’re reminded how sad and desolate the Arizona desert is.

How desolate? Arizona is in the Sonoran desert and it covers 120,000 square miles of southwestern Arizona and southern California. In case that’s not enough desert for you, there are four deserts in Arizona. In northwest Arizona, there is the Mojave desert. Southeast Arizona is part of the Chihuahuan desert, and northeast Arizona lies in the Great Basin Desert. It takes a long time to fly away or drive out of the desert, but once you’re gone it’s such a great feeling to leave Arizona behind!

I know I’m not alone with these feelings, so please share your comments here and you can do so anonymously.

As with all articles, I realize there are also people who disagree and love living in Arizona. Arizona wouldn’t have people if it didn’t have its fans. I’m just not one of those people. I was raised with different ideals and four seasons. I prefer the people who love Arizona just stay here and wallow in their desert lifestyles, it’s just not for me.

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13 thoughts on “The Best Perspective of Arizona is Leaving

  1. Jack says:

    All men, women, children, dogs, cats and all other animals living in Arizona are my true hero. Any person who’s been able to stick around in the Arizona desert for so long and survive the harsh and horrifying culture, climate and attitudes etc. is a hero for me. My hats off to all of them.

    • No Arizona says:

      Perhaps people stay here because they’re either from here and don’t know any different, are stuck here or are maybe blind to what is around them. I can’t comprehend LIKING the desert…it’s a very foreboding place to live. I’ll get out of here one day…until then, I write! 🙂

  2. H8Heat says:

    I like this article a lot. I spent 20 years in the hell hole and aside from the retail world of things to do, the whole state is nothing but a waste of life. The heat does nothing but make you tired, nervous, angry, etc….I now live in Santa Barbara county and its been the best move of my whole life in anything I have ever done. The weather here is 60-70 all year around. Not to mention, your not indoors all day so now that your out and about, you actually see culture in a society. There are festivals every month, the beaches and hiking trails are packed with families every weekend, and you actually mingle with society without feeling like someone was going to shoot you like you would have in Phoenix. Phoenix is nothing but a city intended for businesses to come together and make money and people just live there to work for these huge businesses. Its wake up, hear violence on the news, go to work, drive home hot, watch tv or surf internet, and go to bed. Terrible life.

    • No Arizona says:

      Thanks for reading, and you’re absolutely right! Congratulations on making your escape from Arizona, and I’m hoping this website raises awareness to the problems associated with living in Arizona. Your weather sounds like a dream…much like a typical winter day in Phoenix!

  3. la2161 says:

    I grew up in Tucson and as I grew older, the weather and landscape became very depressing to me. Eventually, I was able to leave. Unfortunately, now I’m back, and the place is more depressing to me than ever.

  4. Sarah says:

    I couldn’t agree more. We moved here 4 years ago to get away from the snow in Indiana. I dream of moving out of here everyday. It’s polluted, too dry, dusty and the air here stinks more often than not. I must also say that many of the people here are very rude. This is one place I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

    • No Arizona says:

      Any plans to move back home, Sarah?

      • Sarah says:

        I would love to move home. I have settled for anywhere but here. My husband doesn’t like the snow. I’ve really met some nice people here(ironically not natives). My original post probably sounded a bit rash but I have never met a more depressing place to live. I am a sahm so my husband has been watching the job openings in other states/cities so he can transfer and stay with his current employer. Just crossing my fingers and trying not to get too depressed…lol. I love the outdoors so its been hard to live here!

  5. Appreciate your insights man! You helped me made my mind about living here. I will visit but God forbid to move. I’ve been living in Chicago for 2 years now and already grew tired of the cold we receive. At some point I started thinking about moving to Phoenix, considering all the pros I’ve heard, like: sunshine, no cold, proximity to LA and LV, low home prices. At first it felt like paradise but then I started reading more… 4 months of extreme hot, burning your hands on steering wheel and all the metal parts outside, dust and storms, air conditioning which adds up to your rent A LOT – i don’t pay that much for the coldest winter months, likelihood of getting skin cancer, snakes/scorpions/etc, no cold water in summer, and you can just die in the desert should your car break on your way.
    As much as I hate these miserable winters you know what… I really feel for you guys. i realized the cold here is much easier to survive then your heat Plus nothing compares to the atmosphere of Halloween and Christmas in the true fall and winter.

  6. Sooutta Here says:

    I’ve lived in Arizona for three years now, and I’ve never disliked anyplace or people in general so much. Everyone I know in Phoenix has moved out of state in the past year and I can see why. The lack of weather is a secondary reason, I suspect those who’ve written that are just being polite. The basic culture here is one of not caring about anyone but yourself, and you will quickly learn that from your neighbors. The main reason for leaving Arizona is the people and the general lack of law enforcement. Phoenix is worth visiting for the Botanical Gardens and Phoenix Art Museum; both are world class. Otherwise, do your research well and if you can’t afford Scottsdale or Sedona, think more than twice!

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