On a cultural level, road trips strike all the right notes: individualism, informality, egalitarianism, control of the environment and time, newness and change, a small amount of risk, accomplishment, and of course, fun
Transplants to Phoenix often experience climate shock.
There are all kinds of ways to celebrate, or not, in our vast, diverse country.
AZ is sometimes infuriating, sometimes captivating, but always my first home.
Stereotypes of other parts of the country rarely match how people in those parts see themselves.