I went to south Arizona a few months back. It was hot but not punishing. In the spring the heat is bearable. If you go in the summer you need to hydrate every 6 seconds. I went with my son. He’s 22 and always up for anything or nothing. We essentially chose a random spot on the map. In the pre-digital age, it was akin to throwing a dart on the map. I’m terrible at darts. The last time I threw a dart it found its way into a friend’s hand. It’s hard not to laugh when you see a guy running around with a dart sticking out of his hand. “Toughen up man!” I said. He still has a tiny scar and cries about it.
For this trip I used Google Maps There’s a single structure in Arizona. It used to be some type of diner or something, but on the map, it pings as ‘Nothing Arizona.’
Nothing is an uninhabited ghost town in eastern Mohave County. There’s nothing to do and nothing to see and nothing to eat or drink. There is only desert from horizon to horizon with black foothills spiking up here and there. Perfect. I dig this. Not much for touristy stuff.
We drove out from our hotel which was about an hours ride – a straight shot through the desert until that structure revealed itself. Before we left we asked what the deal was with Nothing. The housekeeper said there was nothing in Nothing and there’s really no reason at all to go to Nothing but we stopped at nothing to get to Nothing. No traffic. Nothing. No souvenir shop selling shirts saying: “I got up to Nothing in Arizona.” I guess if there was I would have bought one for my pal with the dart scar on the back of his hand as a peace offering.
TRIVIA: The summer months of June through September bring a dry heat from 90 to 120 degree Fahrenheit with occasional high temperatures exceeding 125 degrees. Arizona’s all-time record high is 128 degrees at Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994, and July 5, 2007. Thanks, Wikipedia!