An afternoon in Tucson

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Happy June! How have you been doing? Last week I was feeling pretty restless and a little self judgey about my current life situation. Instead of spending the day at home raking over every life decision I’ve ever made, I decided to go out for a few hours. I charged my phone, hopped in the car, played songs by Ella Mai, and drove 1.5 hours to Tucson.

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Reid Park Rose Garden and Reid Park

Originally I had planned to go to the zoo, but I arrived an hour before closing. I didn’t want to rush the experience so I decided to cross the street and go to Reid Park, and Reid Park Rose Garden. The last time I had been to Reid Park was the summer of 2011 when I was taking a digital photography class. I remember I was shooting images for a final project called “texture”. To this day it’s still one of my favorite projects, and I keep the images tucked away in my photography scrap book.

This time around, there was no project, only the desire to feel relaxed and at ease emotionally. I quickly walked around the lake, and made my way to the rose garden. I was completely alone in the garden, within minutes the scent of roses overwhelmed my senses and I began smiling to myself.

For the first time in months I didn’t obsess over my next career/life move. I just enjoyed the sun shining down on me and the variety of roses growing in the garden. Carefully I walked around and snapped pictures of the roses. For the rest of the time I was there, I walked, smiled, and snapped pictures. Later on two girls came into the garden, and I took it as my cue to leave the garden.

I wasn’t ready to leave yet, so I walked back to the lake area of Reid Park. A group of Pigeons flew around the lake, ducks swam, and bold turtles sun bathed, while others dove back into the water as soon as they saw you. A little further from the lake children played on the jungle gym and parents helped their children cross the rock paths in the man-made river.

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Rocco’s Little Chicago

Late afternoon I decided to get lunch nearby. I settled on Rocco’s Little Chicago, a cute casual pizza place with a family atmosphere and rock music. I ordered the Frank & Jack lunch special: 6 wings and a deep dish slice of pizza. I ordered my slice with pepperoni and bacon and asked for spicy hot wings. The hot wings came first, 6 wings a carrot, and celery stalk were all resting on top of a puddle of spicy sauce. I was pleasantly surprised by how hot to the touch the wings were. Each time I tried to tear off a piece my fingers burned, or my nose ran at the spicy smell of the sauce. Until the wings cooled down I had to use my fork to tear off pieces of chicken. About 20 minutes later the pizza slice came. The pizza was also too hot to pick up so I waited a few minutes for it to cool before digging in. Overall both the hot wings and pizza were good. My favorite part was the crust and the wings once they were cool enough to eat.

Failed parking attempt and going home

Next up on my afternoon trip to Tucson was a local art supply store. I had a laughable amount of trouble finding parking, and I can’t parallel park so I decided to call it a day.



How do you take care of yourself when you don’t feel good?




A few more photos from Reid Park and the Rose Garden