I made a quick trip down to the Southwest for another grad school interview, and as all things go, I had to plan for fun a midst the seriousness. This particular interview was five hours long which left me a little drained by Friday night. One of my friends lives in the area and took good care of me by driving me around, making me french toast for breakfast, and taking me to all the best trails in the area. She is nothing short of awesome. As I left campus I was thinking about the other interviewees going back to an empty hotel room, but I was lucky to have a friend to decompress with and let loose after being flooded with questions about myself. Seriously, who actually likes talking about themselves for five hours?!
One thing I love about the desert is that when you gaze from a distance it looks drab and devoid of life - unlike a lush green jungle - but once you are up close all the details pop and an entire world of life unfolds. Erin (my friend, above) took me out to Brown's Ranch for a Saturday morning grind on the trails. We wove around the small peaks on the reserve and tried not to kick up too much dust in each others faces. The trails were short but there were plenty of single tracks to connect into a long run.
This is my third trip to the area in the last year and I have been surprised at how expansive the trail system is in Phoenix. There are large areas of wilderness in every direction from the city. I know if Justin and I end up moving south we will have no problem finding our niche.
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.