We left the house around noon and walked down to the travel agency that is conducting a tour to see the Monarch butterflies. It's been a bit touch and go with the tour, because we needed a minimum of 6 people to make the tour happen. We thought we had six lined up, but one woman has been sick and we don't know if she and her husband will make it on Saturday. However, one of the first people we spoke to about the tour found another couple to join, so it looks like we will have the six for sure.
After leaving the travel agency, we decided to go to the Botanical Garden. We could take the bus, but it is a very round about trip and then we have to walk a fair distance. So we decided to walk the whole way from downtown. Well, it's almost straight up!! They've placed the garden at the top of the highest hill around the city. Very strenuous getting up there, but it's probably only 2 km or so. Some great views on the way - while I was catching my breath, I could enjoy the view.
There are some very big homes up on the hill. I guess the view increases the value quite a bit. But still a cobblestone road to walk on for part of the walk. They are picturesque, but very hard to walk on!!
When we arrived at the garden, these two men were building a dry stone wall at the entrance. We had also passed some home builders on our way and they were shaping stone with hammers and chisels, to build the wall of the house.
The botanical garden is 220 acres of land with mostly cactus and desert plants. It is right beside an old reservoir, which attracts migratory and resident birds. We spent a couple of hours walking the trails and we didn't see all of it.
One of the interesting things in the garden was some "Land Art". Some artists have created some interesting things with the plants and environment of the garden.
We had lunch at the cafe at the entrance to the garden and then we walked back down the hill to downtown. I think coming down only took about 1/2 the time going up did. I didn't have to stop and breathe on the way down.
We made it back downtown in time to get an ice cream cone and go to the movie at the Biblioteca. They were playing "Ladies in Lavender", which had Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in it. It was very good.
Then time to go home and rest my tired tootsies.