My trip to Phoenix was amazing! So many firsts for me: flying, going west of the Mississippi, visiting an out-of-state Etsy friend. So many mountains (well, the same mountains but always in view), cacti and palm trees. I will admit to half-thinking that they were a Hollywood invention. Now I rather love them. There was also delicious food and wonderful friends. Stacey is a gem and her family (and most of the cats) made me feel right at home. I began to miss the desert almost as soon as I returned home.