This Brit found the desert totally captivating (after all, I had been raised in a land almost devoid of sunshine!).
I am a smart, educated (Oxford, UW, and UCLA), and literate professional (but make no mistake, literacy is only a tool: I'd rather actually do something than read an account of somebody else's adventure!)
I enjoy magnificent scenery, concerts, good food, and good conversation . . . and I NEVER EVER EVER watch Football or NASCAR!