Yesterday, being July 4, our team took the opportunity to enjoy some of the more touristic parts of Arizona. The morning began with an early (really early: 5:00 a.m.) hike up to a beautiful view – so I am told. I was not personally awake at that ridiculous hour. Spending time in a climate so completely different from the Midwest had given us all a better idea of how truly extensive God’s creation is. In place of rivers, lakes and deciduous trees are mountains, mesas and cacti. By the way, don’t touch the cacti. It sounds pretty much like common sense, but they really do jump out at you and grab your hand! While we appreciate the beauty and diversity of the region, it would take a while to get used to the heat. If any of you back home are wondering how hot it feels here, turn your oven up to about 350˚ F, open the door and stand in front of it all day. Thankfully, every building here has a serious air conditioning system.