Most everyone notices the hospitality they are given when visiting another’s home.
The ambiance a place offers is much like the curb appeal of a development or property owner; it benefits they and others. One place that gets it is rightfully called “world class”, since it isn’t merely in the desert, but it is of the desert.
Tucson, AKA the Old Pueblo, has a unique way of welcoming from other desert communities. Photos from February 2014:
And yes, the dinner was good. While Arizona can’t seem to pull off barbecue as good as Texas, everything else was more than fine. The campfires roaring to take the chill off, under the mesquite bosque, talking and seeing stars all around.
Did you know part of why I moved to El Paso from that other place is overload on their desert denial? It’s so unsophisticated for a place to deny it’s power and cover it with makeup, let alone continue in that…
A biologist presenting at a conference mentioned Whitethorn Acacia, noting its fragrant flowers, but like other plants native in the area, she added how it has thorns. But my favorite part was her saying – “yes, it has thorns, so get over it.” Shocking to many, I’m sure, but one has to accept what some life forms must have to better survive the ravages of other life forms, climate, etc.
As humans, we can be careful near them, and as necessary, plant spiny plants out of normal arms’ reach.