One thing I love so much about the United States is that we have an abundance of wilderness area. As much as I enjoy a cute little alpine village in Europe, there is nothing like the open space we have here. You only have to drive two hours out of Phoenix and you can start a hike into the mountains and not see another person for quite a long while.
Dustin took us up to San Francisco Mountain today for a nice 10 mile hike that ended at a nearly 13,000ft summit. We had a gorgeous view (which isn't represented in my photos :-( ) in all directions with Meteor Crater to our east and the Grand Canyon to our north. It was difficult for this sea level monkey, but I had a great time with the boys up at the top where we were all a bit hypoxic and giggly. We even managed a video-Skype call from the summit to Carlos to rub it in a bit ;-)