We pulled out of town Thursday morning. As we drove through the city for the last time, Miriam started saying goodbye to all her little landmarks. Goodbye, shoe store! Goodbye, Fry's! Goodbye, Lowe's and Home Despot!
Those are the things she will miss. Here are some of ours:
-the River Walk/River Path/Rillito Wash. We never really figured out what it was called, but it was awesome. We loved running, walking, and biking on that path.
-the Brandi Fenton park and splash pad. What a fun place. It had two playgrounds (one big, one little) for Miriam to choose between, and a splash pad for the hot months. The best part about this park is that there are no swings. I really don't like swings. Too high-maintenance for a playground activity.
-the farm. Now that we're gone and I don't have to consider internet stalkers figuring out our exact address, I can say that we lived right across from the U of A farm. It was so nice to have a little less humanity in the area, and also to go visit the animals on lazy Sunday afternoons.
-the library. Tucson had a good system going, with all the branches in the city acting as one when it came to inter-library loan.
-people. More than I expected, really. We kind of thought all our friends moved away about a year before we left, but we ended up getting to know more people better. Too bad we had to move away from them so soon.
As for the things we don't miss, you know what? I'm not going to list them. I sometimes get accused of being a Tucson-hater, and I'm really not. On the balance, there were more things that I didn't like than I did, but that doesn't mean I hated every minute and I couldn't wait to bust out of there.
Or so I tell myself, now that I'm gone. Ha ha ha.
We're in Provo now. More to come on the road trip and the return to Happy Valley (and hopefully an interim blog redesign, too). Stay tuned.