WTF Wednesday: Arizona and Daylight Savings

Posted on
Feb 22, 2012
Posted in: WTF, WTF Wednesdays

Cram some plutonium into your flux capacitators, kids, because today’s WTF Wednesday is going to require some serious time travel.

(But please, don’t steal said plutonium and get yourself shot in the process, leaving your youthful friend Marty to hop into your time machine, consequently causing a whole bunch mischief that leads him to make out with his mom. Also, can we take a moment to discuss how offensive the characterization of the Libyans who shot Doc was? I realize I’m speaking from a 2012 perspective here, but the 80’s weren’t that long ago. How the heck did stuff like that fly? Can someone please tell me? Anyone? Bueller? Sorry. There I go mixing up my references. ANYWAY …)

There are two reasons that this post will require us to time travel. The first is that the events that inspired it happened quite a while ago. So we’ll need to head all the way back to year 2007. I know, it doesn’t sound like it was that long ago, but look at the characters involved in this scenario.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THOSE PEOPLE ARE. They are adorable and unmarried and not nearly as squishy as they are now. And can we take a minute to talk about my skin? Can someone please tell me why I didn’t appreciate having skin like that back when I had it?

Err, sorry. Anyway, back in 2007, when I was gainfully employed and this blog was just a twinkle in my eye, Rand and I took a vacation through the American Southwest with his grandparents. We flew into Las Vegas, and drove from Nevada into Utah and Arizona. The weather was incredibly hot and dry, and we’re going to pretend that’s what caused my skin to glow like that, and not the now-flickering light of youth (Sorry. I’m stopping now. Seriously).

We visited Antelope Canyon (amazing), Glen Canyon (gorgeous), and the Hoover Dam (awesome). We even saw a cloud that bore a striking resemblance to Yoda.

Looked just like him, it did.

In all my travels, I have yet to see something as exquisite.

We encountered this cumulus incarnation of the Jedi master (proof, by the way, that the Force exists, if you ask me) as we drove back from Arizona to Nevada, which brings me to the second reason today’s post will require a bit of time travel: it’s because, quite simply, Arizona does not observe daylight savings.

Now, this shouldn’t be that big a deal, right? It just means that when the states around it “spring forward”, Arizona doesn’t. From the months of March to November (which is when we were there), Arizona is an hour behind the other states in its time zone. So when we crossed the border into Nevada, it suddenly became an hour later.

But here’s where things get tricky: Glen Canyon, in Arizona, is protected by the National Park System. As is the Hoover Dam, which borders Arizona. And all National Parks observe Daylight Savings Time. Ditto for many of the Native American Reservations that dot Arizona (on which Antelope Canyon can be found). So … are you still with me? It means that from the months of March to November, those parts of Arizona are an hour behind the rest of the state.

Two different time zones. One state.

Seriously, Arizona. WTF.

"Welcome to Glen Canyon, where the local time is now ... um ... Anyone? Bueller?"

It didn’t really become an issue until we found ourselves at the visitors center at Glen Canyon, and were told that they would be closing soon. I checked my watch. It was 4pm. The hours posted said that they would be open until 5pm. But my watch was still set to Arizona time, which was an hour behind.

So we left the center at 5pm, drove 20 feet out of the parking lot, and boom, it was 4pm again. Has your brain exploded yet?


Or maybe not. Maybe it’s just arbitrary, and silly, and it makes no sense. Yet, I kind of understand Arizona’s stance. For part of the year, they’re an hour behind everyone around them. It’s like they’ve stolen an extra sixty minutes. I know that’s not really the case, but it kind of feels like it.

And, given how fast time passes, I can’t really blame them for wanting to hold onto every second.

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  • You want another WTF? Rand looks YOUNGER with a beard??!!??

    So here’s what I learned from this post. Geraldine is slowly (but surely) transforming into an old crone, while her sugar daddy is getting younger by the follicle. Crazy.

  • Geoff

    Yeah, Indiana used to do that too up until a few years ago- Daylight Savings by county, some do it and some don’t. Isn’t it hard enough to keep track of where you are, much less when you are…..

  • We Arizonans just like to keep people on their toes. 🙂 Did you also visit Sedona? I ask because the red rocks in the two photos look like Sedona. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?!

    • Everywhereist

      It was unspeakably gorgeous. Really. (We got to Page, but I don’t think we made it to Sedona.)

  • Katy

    Indiana still does that, as people (like myself) who fly to Evansville semi-regularly have all come to know.

  • Ruth

    The Libyans from Back to the Future are up there with the bad guys from True Lies and the entire end of Top Gun for Weirdly Racist Movie Moments From Not That Long Ago.

  • I know it’s not 2007 anymore, but I’m curious to know if you and Rand had an opportunity to see Horseshoe Bend to the south of the Glen Canyon Dam. I’ve spent months vacationing in AZ over the years in Sedona, Jerome and Cottonwood – but time spent in Page was some of the most memorable with the petroglyphs, raft tours, etc. beneath the dam.

    I recall a quaint Italian restaurant too in Page that had a gorgeous outdoor seating area that made me really appreciate Page in the late 90’s and early 00’s.

    Anyway – I love this post because it touches on the same thing we never understood when visiting – the whole time travel aspect.

    Kudos to you young’ens.

    • Everywhereist

      Hi Eric! I absolutely loved Horseshoe Bend. It remains one of the single hottest experiences of my life, literally. 🙂 I am also 90% positive we went to that same Italian restaurant in Page … I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me.

  • Oh, how much I miss Arizona now! I’ve only been there in 1996…
    So you can imagine that time can go even faster, hmmmm.

    You and Rand look beautiful and you are not changing, hey 🙂

  • Janet T

    When I first read this on FB, I thought the first line said “Arizona doesn’t DESERVE daylight savings….”- and I thought, way to go Arizona, make Geraldine mad and you will pay!

  • That kind of time changing can really mess with someone’s circadian rhythms. Does your cell phone automatically change back and forth from 4:00 to 5:00? What if you stand with one foot in each time zone… does your phone explode? Good luck adjusting to the time wackiness.

    • Everywhereist

      I think your phone just takes the average of the two times. 🙂

  • I kinda wish all states would ignore daylight savings. But it’s way cooler when you can have time travel like this.

  • I’m impressed by your gorgeous skin.

    However, I’m more shocked at Rand with no beard, it is just wrong!

    Might I suggest that you use awesome MS Paint skills & add a beard onto him next time.


  • Can I join in with the WTF?? Does make we want to go there though. And experience the time travel for myself.

  • Amy

    I’m coming to the party a little late here, but indeed Indiana is also a two time zone state. Where I’m from (in Southern Indiana), if you drive 20 minutes north, you go from Central to Eastern time zone. When I went to college in central Indiana and would drive home, the time would change, but only during PART OF THE YEAR, because Southern Indiana observed daylight savings time and Central did not. I believe they have now made it mandatory for all the counties to observe DST. It’s confusing to outsiders, but when you grow up with it, it doesn’t seem that strange!

  • A. Daylight savings time is dumb.
    B. One of my first jobs as an adult had me doing scheduling phone appointments for this somewhat sketchy “real estate” job. I had one person who would always reply, “I’m on Arizona time” quite adamantly after I confirmed his appointment in mountain time or pacific time, depending on the time of year. Apparently some Arizonians (?) are quite proud of this lack of time change.

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