Ho, boy. I know what you're thinking. If you're a writer, you're hanging your head in shame because I relied so heavily on a cliche. If you're anyone else, you might be rolling your eyes. Understandable. That is, until you have seen the views of Tucson from "A" Mountain, named for the giant "A" the University of Arizona maintains on what is more formally known as Sentinel Peak.
The top of this overlook provides 360-degree views of the greater Tucson area. From that height, Tucson looks pretty ugly--discolored whites on grey on tan. It looks industrial, it looks like a picture of poor America. And there's a reason: Tucson is largely made up of people who fall below the federal poverty line. But it's the mountains beyond Tucson that really emphasize that there is something more beyond this town; that things look like they suck from the city floor, but from another perspective, beauty surrounds us in the mountains, these amazing, mind-boggling wonders that have existed since before all the money troubles, fights with friends and family, and the daily stress.