:::Mars, Mary, Mars... bless your heart! :
We went to Arizona once, and commented to my wife, "It's like we landed on Mars!" For all the moisture immediately left my lips and exposed skin, and it was like 120° in the sun and 70° in the shade, and everything was dry, sharp, hard, or poisonous. Or so it seemed to me:
When we were coming back in to the airport in NC, I was never so happy to see forests, and ponds and lakes, rivers, swimming pools. Got off the plane, hit the humidity, rehydrated like a sponge and came right back to earth :
But nothing against your state, I'll tell you what, Arizona had the best beef jerky, hands down, ever, that I have ever had. The very best.