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When was the last time you actively went out to discover your hometown? I have lived in the same town for over 10 years. When I first moved here, I was all excited and visited the local stores, the big community events, and places that were suggested to me. I had fun exploring my new hometown and seeing what it had to offer. Fast forward 10 plus years, and I’ve seen businesses come and go, new construction go up, and frankly I’ve gotten into a rut of doing the same things over and over.
On Thursday night I attended a class at our local library. It was on birding, and learning to find and identify birds on looks, habitat, calls etc. It was a really fun class and the teacher lives right here in the same town. So there was a section of the presentation that we discussed the kind of birds that we can expect to see in our community. Then we discussed good public locations that we could go to for bird watching.
One of the places that the instructor suggested was a county park that was located right in my home town. I’m embarrassed to say that I have never visited this particular park in all my years of living here. I remember asking people about the park when I moved here, and it didn’t get glowing reviews. People said that it was small, nothing but a shelter, etc. and I decided to skip it. Now I’m in a class that a lot of people were agreeing that this was a great resource for birding.
I know why I didn’t go to this park 10 years ago, but as time changes, I have changed. This new class got me interested in exploring it. When I had asked people about it, maybe they were more into parties and enjoying the water which is why they suggested other places. Now that I was looking for a quiet place to walk in the outdoors, this might be a great fit.
Discover Your Hometown
I took a drive out to the park to discover my hometown;
- it is 6 minutes from my house (slapping my forehead, why did I wait so long to check this place out!)
- it has history, it was the first county park created in my area.
- there are all sorts of activities you can do there, hiking, fishing, photography (again – given my love of photography, why didn’t I check this out earlier!) and on and on.
- nature sounds, when I got out of my car near the park shelter I could hear a chorus of frogs and birds and I immediately felt my shoulders relax as I took in nature.
Is there a place in your hometown, that you have always wanted to visit, but never fit it into your schedule? How about a place that a certain group of friends didn’t like, but maybe you might? Do you go to the same stores or restaurants over and over again, even though new places have come into your hometown, may it’s time to try out something new.
Make Your Own Discovery This Week
This week, I encourage you to Discover Your Hometown. Commit to checking out 1 new thing (or even a place that you haven’t gone to for a long time) and see if you might be missing something that is close and convenient for you. Please share your thoughts or experiences in the comments section below. You can inspire someone else with your ideas!