In southern Arizona people talk about going "up to the mountains" all the time to get cool, or see 'fall' or chase spring well into June. Tucsonans know that the southern Arizona landscape rises from lower Sonoran plant communities to aspen forests in a span of half a dozen miles and 6000'. But for many people, this is not the norm.
A terrain that changes from one entire landscape to another in a matter of miles is completely foreign.
For a wonderful perspective from an outside source, what follows is an account from a Colorado hiker who found himself enthralled with something that is perhaps too easy to take for granted.