One of the benefits of "partial retirement/self-employment" is the freedom to take off on a spur-of-the-moment minitrip on a Friday afternoon. We went to Agua Caliente Park where Mark's mom enjoyed herself, particularly in the last months of her life, and I, too, recall taking my mom there before her decline. It's been a couple of years since we last visited or maybe longer and we had both read the recent article about how the second pond is gone and even the remaining pond is drying up. We saw mud flats where water used to be in the first pond and only a few ducks were in the water.
Still, beauty remains. We took a leisure walk through the mesquite bosque, where late afternoon shadows tempered the warmth of the sun.
As we came through palm trees, this is the vista that welcomed us.
There's a touch of autumn in this scene--the way we Tucsonans like to experience happiness in October.