Not too long ago some friends of ours took the hubby and I to see two separate springs located less than thirty miles from where I grew up. The hubby and I have recently returned to live in the area where I grew up and he’s completely unfamiliar with the area.
It turns out that so am I.
So as our friends are telling my hubby about a couple of really great spots they want to show him, and I’m sitting in the backseat of their car wondering where the heck we’re going that’s so awesome that it’s worth the drive. After all, I grew up around here – so why am I not familiar with the cool places they want to show him?
It doesn’t help that he asks me the same question. It doesn’t even help that our friends are dumbfounded that I’m unfamiliar with the places as well.
It turns out that I never knew either of these places existed! Both of them were also right off the highway that my husband used to travel as he’d return to his home from attending graduate school. It was certainly a case of ‘So Near Yet So Far’.
As we’re being shown these two marvelous and hidden-in-plain-sight places, my husband is completely stunned to learn that I was completely unaware of their existence. He’s a photographer and a bit of a wanderer at heart (which is why our friends were so anxious to introduce him to these beautiful places). He’s always been the first to get out and explore, and subsequently learn, any new place we’ve ever lived. Perhaps that’s because of his upbringing in a military family that moved every three years.
As for me, I can get lost getting to the end of my block. But that feels like an excuse when I realize that there are wondrous places in our own backyard that we’ve never seen. We’re already planning some day trips to spend more time at these spots and my hubby is anxious to photograph them in order to share their beauty with others.
But the incident got me to thinking – after I got over feeling like a tourist, that is.
There are bound to be places you can ‘Day-cation’ close to your home
How many of us live close to museums, historical sites, parks, or other entertainment and leisure venues that we’ve never taken the time to visit? We make plans to see the sites when we travel to another location, yet tourist sites are probably all around us while we ignore them, simply because we don’t consider that there are places we’ve never seen that are close to home.
Is it that places close to home simply aren’t as appealing as places that are far off, and therefore, more exciting?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be as familiar with our own home turf as we are with places that we dream of visiting? And when you consider that it’s SOOO much cheaper – not to mention easier – to be a tourist in our own area than it is to travel to some distant location, it makes me wonder why we don’t take advantage of the opportunities all around us.
Because they’re there if we simply look for them.
A little finger walking through Google will likely turn up places that you never knew about right in your own backyard. And whether you prefer nature, history, architecture, the arts, or amusements, you’ll probably find something that would make a good day trip.
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Your time and wallet, not to mention your spirit, will thank you.
So as we deal with our daily stress and frustrations, perhaps there are other places close to where we live that would provide a respite and escape from the daily routine. I think a picnic lunch and a day out with friends sounds lovely.