Sheryl went with me to church this morning and then to lunch at Luby’s Cafeteria. After lunch we visited three sites on West 35th Street.
Our first stop was at Mount Bonnell (less well known as Covert Park), one of the highest points in the Austin area at 870 feet above mean sea level. It forms part of the Balcones Fault Escarpment. There is such a nice view of Lake Austin (Colorado River) and downtown Austin.
Next, we visited Mayfield Park and Preserve. Mayfield Park includes an historic cottage, two acres of cottage gardens with towering palm trees, several peacocks and ponds with koi and water lilies. Originally built in the 1870s, the cottage was purchased by former Texas Secretary of State Allison Mayfield in 1909. This entire estate was presented to the city of Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch. Mayfield Preserve is the 21-acre natural area that surrounds the park, containing walking trails and wildlife habitat. Apparently, it is not mating season for the peacocks; they were strangely quiet and the males did not fan out their tail feathers!
Our last stop was at Contemporary Austin’s Laguna Gloria site. The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria is committed to preservation of the works of art and the Laguna Gloria grounds on Lake Austin. The diverse ecology -- including woodlands, meadows, gardens, and waterfront -- makes Laguna Gloria a wonderful place of natural beauty, perfect for displaying sculptures and other works of art. The cooler temperature today made the stroll around the grounds very pleasant indeed.
Today is Sheryl’s last day in Austin. She will leave in the morning, working her way back home in New Jersey. I have enjoyed being her “private tour guide” the last few days and will really miss her.