I'm starting to sound like I work for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Believe me, I don't. But there is another really cool place in Phoenix called the Desert Botanical Garden.
My current WIP is a historical YA. There are a lot of visuals about the Phoenix area hundreds of years ago back before trains, planes, and automobiles, of course. And, yeah, it's a desert, but it's more than just that. The desert is absolutely gorgeous, in my humble opinion. There are all sorts of cacti and desert trees and I just want to make sure I adequately (and accurately) describe everything. And you can only get so much from pictures. If you're like me, you have to see and touch. Up close and personal is always way better.
So, I spent a little time at the Botanical Garden. Spring is a great time to visit, especially because all of wildflowers and cactus berries. To know them is to love them. :-) And to know them is to write about them better than before.
If you're ever in Phoenix, check it out.
P.S. VANISHED is 50% complete.