It’s a hot start to a cool job in Phoenix this week. I’m working at a resort just north of Scottsdale and this view is the first thing I see in the morning. Not too shabby!
But, then again, at a sizzling 108 degrees, my colleagues argue that this feels more like a fool’s paradise than vacation hotspot. No doubt, conserving water is heavy on my mind as I flush, shower and brush my teeth this week.
Seriously, it’s hard to believe a draught isn’t just around the corner when you Uber through this developed desert metropolis of 1.6 million. It’s the nation’s fifth largest city but pool resorts, fountains and perfectly manicured lawns are still a popular sight.
According to the National Weather Service, the area experiences about 110 days a year of temperatures over 100 degrees. How in the world do planes take off with air so thin? I’m also thinking that my beloved bottle of SPF is probably useless this week.
It’s true that Phoenicians are no strangers to soaring mercury readings and excessive heat warnings. My new friends here have adapted to living in A/C most 4-5 months out of the year. For those that aren’t as fortunate, the city provides free bottled water at hydration stations set up all over the Valley and local meteorologists issue repeated reminders.
Thankfully, I’m indoors or under shade most of the week, but I do intend to hike Camelback and kayak Salt River and when I do, you can bet I’ll be up at the crack of dawn to make the most of it.