Brown Green Valley

Green Valley, Arizona, USA

Green Valley, Arizona, USA

This great postcard is another from Cecilia. These seem to be quarries in the Green Valley area of Arizona. The area being shown on the postcard does not really show where the name of the place came from, or is that just me? Green Valley is a town in the state with a population of almost 24 000. There really isn’t too much to say about the place, so let me stop here. Thank you Irma for the beautiful postcard!

An Astronomical Postcard

Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Of course, this postcard of yet another site in the state of Arizona, USA, comes from Cecilia, who has blessed me with so many wonderful postcards. The Kitt Peak National Observatory is located in that Quinlan Mountains of the Sonoran Desert and is reputed to be the largest collection of ground-based research optical telescopes. The observatory monitors the sun by day and the stars by night. That is pretty much all I can understand from what I read, so I will stop here before I hurt myself. Thank you Irma!

A Grand Canyon Indeed

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Another great postcard from Cecilia, showing the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. At 800 meters deep, one has to wonder whether Thelma & Louise died when hitting the bottom or of starvation on their way down. The Grand Canyon stretches for 446 km, which is an incredible distance. I had no idea that it was that long to be perfectly honest. At some points, the Grand Canyon is up to 29 km wide. One can almost not imagine being able to see the other side at such a major distance. It really does seem like an incredible place to visit. Have you been there? Comment and tell me about your experience. Thank you Irma!

The Grand Canyon State

Arizona, United States of America

Arizona, United States of America

This awesome map postcard of Arizona comes from the ever-so-lovely Irma, who just loves her home state. The state is located in southwestern USA and spans 295 234 square kilometers. The capital of Arizona is Phoenix, which I’ve always found to be a cool name. Approximately 6.5 million people call Arizona home, making it the 15th most populace state in the USA. It is of course home to the world-famous Grand Canyon, otherwise its nickname would just be awkward. Arizona was the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted into the union on Valentine’s Day 1912. The origin of the name is not clear, although it is believed that the name of the state means either “small spring” or “the great oak.” Contrary to popular belief, Arizona is not just one big desert state. The southern parts of the state are basically desert, whereas the northern parts have pine forests and all that jazz. Always good to learn something new about a place. Thank you Irma!

The Pleasant Lake

Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Lake Pleasant, Arizona

This beautiful postcard is but one of many beautiful postcards sent to me by Irma. Irma tells me that the lake is to be found 30 minutes northwest of Phoenix, in the Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The lake is part of an artificial reservoir created to serve the area in 1927. The lake was originally 15 square kilometers but the surface area was expanded to 30 square kilometers. There are also 10 fish species to found in the lake and the park in which it is has numerous other leisure and educational activities. Seems like a pretty awesome place. Thank you Irma!

A Mile-High Rock

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona

This beautiful postcard comes from Irma, who lives in Pennsylvania but grew up 45 minutes from Sedona in Arizona. Irma tells me that many people are drawn to this beautiful rock, as it is a spiritual place. She also tells me that those who believe that “the truth is out there” are also enthralled with it. For me, Cathedral Rock just looks like a stunning place on the Sedona skyline. The summit of the rock stands an impressive 1500 meters high. A trait which added to the naming of this post, even though it is not¬†really¬†a mile high. Cathedral Rock was formerly named “Court house rock” but I think Cathedral Rock sounds much more impressive. Jailhouse Rock might also have been an appropriate name. At least then, this rock would have been the only rock in the world with its own theme song. Thank you Irma!