After being in Chandler for a year, I do have some things that I miss from Tucson.
The weather – The predictable, and at times wild summer Monsoons. The smells of the desert after a storm is intoxicating.
The critters – The den of gila monsters near our house, the snakes (gopher and diamond back rattlesnakes). The Colorful banded lizards, the cotton tail rabbits, the javelinas, the coyotes, the bobcats, well, you get the picture. Suburban Chandler is nowhere near as diverse.
Cafe Poca Cosa – A local gem that I have yet to find a replacement for.
Tucson Int’l Airport – Nothing like a small, local, easily accessible airport. Phoenix is typical big metropolitan, and chaotic (but we do get to most destinations non-stop)
Living at the edge of town – We had a lot of privacy, and great neighbors who were friendly and supportive.
Coffee Xchange – local coffee house that was vastly superior to any big chain.
Mount Lemmon – 25 minutes away. A short drive, and you were at 9,000 ft. A different world.
Hiking trails – Sabino canyon, window rock, finger trail, Douglas Springs, Saguaro Nat’l park. All within a reasonable drive, delivering world class hiking.
Cycling – Saguaro East was always my favorite loop. Or head out Old Spanish Trail and into Vail for a longer ride.
Tucson McGraw’s – a cantina/grill on the hill with a fabulous view. Decent drinks, good food, and great views.
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol – Probably the best restaurant in town. Great views, entertainment, and fabulous wine list coupled with a great menu. A good splurge!
Ah well, it is only 2 hours away…