A quick break­fast taco at Tacodeli before a stroll along Bar­ton Creek in Zilk­er Park. As strolling works up a thirst, a vis­it to Shady Grove was in order.

I grew up just min­utes from Zilk­er and Bar­ton Springs. I remem­ber pic­nics on warm sum­mer evenings, rid­ing the train and play­ing on the play­ground with the best slides and swings around. Our garage band, the Sec­ond Hand Band, was invit­ed to play at the Hill­side The­atre in the ear­ly 70’s. Lots of memories.

Over the years I’ve seen the park uncon­scionably trashed and dread­ful­ly main­tained. The water was bad­ly pol­lut­ed from leak­ing sep­tic tanks upstream, the creek choked with duck weed. I’m over­joyed to report that it’s now loved and cher­ished more than ever.