Desert

I’m always a day or two behind on my daily post prompts. I’ll try to rectify that problem.

The area of the country that I live in is considered desert. Although it doesn’t look like the typical desert community it defiantly is. Saint George UT is located in the norther arm of the Mojave desert. Going southwest from Saint George there is Mesquite NV and Las Vegas NV. No one will dispute that Las Vegas is a desert town and chances are that it wouldn’t exist at all if not for the construction of Hoover Dam.

Temperatures in Saint George can sometimes get upwards of 110° F. in the summer, but not often. The one redeeming factor about the high temperature is that it is usually dry heat, not much humidity. Summer afternoons are generally accompanied by a westerly wind that can be quite strong. If your misfortune takes you outside during the late afternoon it can feel like you are walking into a blast furnace.

Fortunately, today there is air conditioning to relieve the heat. In the pioneer days and through the 60’s and 70’s many of the residents of Saint George maintained homes in Pine Valley. The residents would live in Pine Valley in the summer and return to Saint George during the winter months. Pine Valley is a mountainous area about 30 to 40 miles north of Saint George.

The beautiful thing about living in Saint George is the winters are very mild. The temperature rarely gets to down to 32° F. For an example I didn’t wear a winter coat one time this past winter. There were a few days that a sweater was required but not many. Another beautiful thing about living in Saint George is the scenery. There are the red cliffs just to the northwest of town and Zions National Park is only about 40 minutes away.

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