A couple jogs along Tempe Town Lake, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in Tempe, Ariz. With cactus and strip malls obstructing the view at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place

 

              A couple jogs along Tempe Town Lake, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in Tempe, Ariz. With cactus and strip malls obstructing the view at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place
A couple jogs along Tempe Town Lake, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in Tempe, Ariz. With cactus and strip malls obstructing the view at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place where water and culture are scarce. But this metropolis _ which includes upscale Scottsdale and college town Tempe _ is a nature lover's oasis with pristine peaks and vast Sonoran desert. (AP Photo/Matt York)