Every Tucsonan knows the desert smells damn good after a rain. Sure, sure, the foresty green parts of the country smell nice after the rain too. But the desert smells good.
People who aren’t familiar with the creosote bush that is native to this area are just missing out. I once took a foreign visitor out to Saguaro National Monument East so she could meet the Sonoran Desert in all its glory. The giant saguaros almost knocked her off her feet, but when I taught her to cup the creosote in her hand, blow on it and then breathe in that amazing smell, she was in love.Yes, Tucson is in all its glory today. The cactus will soon be in bloom, the
ocotillo will turn furry and green. But today, the morning after the rain, is as good as the desert ever gets. I hope you take a moment to breathe it all in.