DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS // PHOENIX DAY 2

So I'm in the Phoenix area for a single day (yesterday!) legal conference, but lucky me, Allegiant only flies Monday and Friday between Phoenix and Bozeman. So I've got a couple of days to enjoy the desert before heading back to the mountains and I'm not mad about it. 

 

I spent this morning touring the Desert Botanical Gardens and all of a sudden, this ocean girl is seriously rethinking my favorite landscape. The desert is incredible! It's amazing how many species of plants flourish in such a harsh landscape. And mesquite trees: have you ever had mesquite flour? It's made from ground up beans from the mesquite tree and is SO. FREAKING. GOOD. It's a little sweet and now I need to find some for all the baking I don't do.

Anyway, I strolled through the butterfly garden to catch the tail end of their time here. It's so cool to just sit and watch them fly all around you. Normally, giant flying bugs are not my jam, but butterflies totally are.

 

Carrying on now...I wandered the various trails and am just blown away by how gorgeous these desert plants are. And the mountains: I'm used to mountains, but the mountains here are so different from the ones in Montana and it's so beautiful. So I will not be getting on my flight back to Bozeman on Friday. If you need me, I'll be wandering through the desert, likely stuck with cactus needles and dehydrated, but loving every second of it.

Kidding...I'll be back. At least until I can swing snowbird status.