An amusing tale in the Washington Post of keeping the air on in car while waiting for a space at a trailhead in Phoenix:
The plan was to get some fresh air, to finish the hike before the hike finished me. So it felt a bit strange to be sitting in an idling car for nearly an hour, waiting for returning hikers to free up a space in the trailhead parking lot. This was definitely a scene that would amuse my irony-sensitive friends on the East Coast. But here in the desert, it was merely air conditioning as usual.
Now that I was eighth in line for a spot, I was determined to stick it out. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in February -- one of the few months in Phoenix when elevating your heart rate in the open air is feasible -- and my hike-while-you-can mentality was almost as strong as my A/C.