It took seventeen years of attitudinal discipline for my green coastal mindset to accept the desert. Since then the wide skies, subtle colors, and unmatched sunsets have grown a place in my heart. It has been thirty years since unflinching sunlight began to bleach out the surroundings of my daily life. In sixty days I’ll be leaving this awesome spreadout land for a place with: seasons, green grass, trees, creeks, and–most amazing of all–rain more than three times a year. Yes, I’m smiling. Yes, I know there will be things to miss.