Months ago when we planned Hector’s trip home to Miami to see his family, we originally planned a quiet week in Tucson Arizona for me. Of course we had no idea that just prior to that trip we’d find out that Angel has cancer. The plan was to take our time traveling between Albuquerque and Tucson. But since we had to stay in Albuquerque for follow-up on veterinary tests, we wound up driving non stop to Tucson the day before Hector’s flight, which was scheduled out of the Phoenix airport.
So we rolled into Catalina State Park just after six in the evening, and with all of the stress and worry I forgot to call the campground to notify them that we were arriving after hours, as I usually do the few times that we run late. With the recent time change, it was pitch black, and unlike most other parks, they didn’t leave a note nor a map for us. But we found our campsite, and set up our electric, water, chairs etc.
The next morning the three of us headed to the Phoenix airport to drop Hector off. Even though Phoenix is a two-hour drive from Tucson and offered much lower airfares, I chose to stay in Tucson rather than Phoenix. This was to be my first time without Hector on Island Girl, and I wanted to be as comfortable as possible. And the state park turned out to be a wonderful choice (thank you, Nina for the recommendation).
Unlike other areas of this desert that have lots of thorny, prickly plants everywhere, this state park has just a few of those, lots of soft dirt, a (tiny bit) of grass here and there and mesquite trees throughout. Not to mention a beautiful view of the Catalina mountains. Just what the doctor ordered.
Another reason for staying in Tucson was to see some wonderful new friends that we met here last year. Our first evening, Angel and I joined Jean and Jerry for dinner at their home. I met two very interesting friends of theirs, Deb and Stan and the hours flew by.
Angel enjoyed their beautiful yard, thoroughly explored their roomy house and got lots of pets from everyone. A great evening for us both. And I forgot to take photos.
But Angel was still not up for any long walks so we took it easy around the campground. She was still not quite herself after the ultrasound and x-rays but day by day her appetite improved (I was adding extra veggies to her food). It also took a few days to get her to take her pills consistently (she’s too damn smart). And every day she walked a little longer with me around the campground. So I took advantage of this week to rest but also to run some errands, do some cleaning etc.
We had a perfect corner campsite for Angel, with a large dirt/grass area. She made a great big hole for herself, where she spent lots of hours resting.
In the middle of the week, Jean and Jerry joined me for happy hour and sunset. Once again I forgot to take photos. My brain was still not fully recovered from the stress.
And it turned out to be a good thing that Hector was away, as it gave me time to process everything (I usually need more time than he does) and to rest. Meanwhile, Hector didn’t have a single moment of rest while in Miami, which was as it should be 🙂