Migration Through Phoenix

We who live in the West Valley are right in the migration path. It starts in October, when the first frail ones arrive from a long, hot stay in the rugged mountains, where they have had to provide shelter and food through the busy Spring and Summer. They come into driveways and yards, protected by familiar surroundings.

Protected by friend

Protected by friend

It is not unusual to see them stop in the streets, exhausted from the trip. They need some water and care before they can take off again.

Safe in the backyard

Safe in the backyard

Some who come through our migration path are aquatic. They often travel in pairs, although it’s unlikely they stay together for life. It’s more of a lifestyle, one more casual, one for speed and grace.

Aquatic dwellers

Aquatic dwellers

Some of the travelers are exhausted when they arrive. They hide in backyards, keeping their age hidden. It is amazing to think that they have been making the trip for 30 years or more, back and forth each Spring and Autumn.

hiding behind the fence

hiding behind the fence

There are small ones, too, on their first trip. They are bright and colorful, still to feel the push of adventure.

Small, but tough

Small, but tough

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and coach who helps people see different perspectives. See her work at QuinnCreative.com

2 thoughts on “Migration Through Phoenix

  1. Awfully sweet, that teeny T@B trailer in the last photo.

    She’s holding up well – seemed to enjoy her tour through the mountains and the desert. But I’m thinking she’s happy to be heading east, and she’ll be ready to be in the Midwest in a few days.

    —She’d win on looks alone, but when I saw how well she was equipped and how well thought-out the layout was, I was impressed. Beauty, style AND smarts! A winning combination for sure. -Q

  2. Tricky girl! I thought I was missing some small bird or butterfly at first.
    This reminds me of that glorious You Tube video, March of the Librarians

    —What a cute video! I began noticing more and more trailers coming down from the mountains about two weeks ago. Add all the RVs that the snowbirds arrive in, and it really does look like a metal migration. Some of them were held together by duct tape and a trailer hitch, others must have cost zillions. And I couldn’t resist! -Q

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