It’s astonishing that there are places we had never been to in Tucson despite having lived here for 5 years. We didn’t even know that the Saguaro National Park is split into East and West, with the town of Tucson sitting in the middle of it. We’d been to the park on the East side several times, but had never been to the one on the West side. So, that was the first thing we hit after driving through our old neighborhood, for old times’ sake.
After lunch, we headed south to the San Xavier Mission, another place Joe’s never been.
We spent part of the afternoon driving around town, reminiscing about our time spent in Tucson. For the most part, not much has changed, including real estate prices. However, we did see that more houses are being built, and feel that there are more cars on the road. Road surfaces are bumpier as if the city never repaved the roads in the 10 years we’ve been gone. We were also struck by how many young druggies we saw walking on the streets of downtown Tucson. Apparently, since marijuana had been legalized a few years ago, the Mexican cartels have switched from selling marijuana to hard drugs like heroin, meth, and fentanyl, making certain parts of Tucson look seedier than ever.