About two weeks ago, I was sans car. It was in the shop for some lengthy repair work and I was bumming rides to and from my job. One evening after work, I decided to do a little exploring. So I took a walk to the library (I know, wild times, right?). But the walk ended up being more than picking up some books and getting some fresh air. I noticed so much more than I usually do when I’m driving down the familiar few blocks to the library. As soon as I got home, I made a list of all that I had seen (well, what I could remember anyway). I thought I’d share my journey with all of you:
– Paw prints in one block of sidewalk cement
– What looked likea discarded lotto ticket with “crossword” written across the back
– A new art studio named “Elements”
– A somewhat hidden street I never noticed while driving down the main drag
– A store I previously thought was a gallery. It was actually an antique store which also happened to sell art. I saw a huge record player on sale for $250.00. Not gonna lie, I was tempted to buy it until I realized I have no vinyl (nor a spare few hundred bucks to splurge). But it looked so cool! The last time I played records I was a tiny tot living at my grandmother’s house.
– A house with these cool, cracked crystal ball walkway lights (Yay alliteration!).
– A group of older women sitting on the porch talking. I know this may not sound all that fantastic, but as I walked past them, I was able to appreciate the sound of their language– Arabic, I think. I could smell their decadent perfume. It reminded me of my grandmother when she used to have friends over and they would chatter grown-up talk in Spanish for hours. I’d play amongst them and let the slick, familiar syllables roll off me.
– Artwork outside a small, local music venue. There was this piece that really struck me. It looked like a screaming face and it was made out of bits of magazine pages. It was such an impressive, cohesive piece….must’ve taken hours to make!
– A silk screen printing shop
– A large Italian Ristorante I never noticed before even though I drive down Main Street all the time and have lived in my town for two years. Now I want to try it.
– The familiar, speckled, uneven pink brick wall that leads to my apartment complex. I noticed how unique each brick was with its own grooves, its own specks of brown and silver.
– Tiny plants grew above the grass next to the wall. The plants looked like baby’s breath, but one was a tiny daisy– a curious hint of spring at the end of summer.
When I got home after the walk, I noticed that I got a big bug bite. For the record, it was totally worth it. I’m hoping to take a photo walk down Main Street soon when the weather gets a bit cooler.
What about you? What are some cool things you have observed on walks or hikes?