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Discover Your Hometown

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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.

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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.
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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!

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18 Comments

  1. Love this! I’ve traveled five times in the past five months in and out of the country…so planning to explore my own backyard this summer.

    1. Sounds like a great plan for this summer. Hopefully you will find some fun places that you can explore time and time again close to home.

  2. This is a great idea! I’ve been trying to come up with things to do with my kids this summer, and I think we’ll have to discover our home tome now, too!

    1. I hope you find some great family place to enjoy right in your hometown!

  3. Loved this.. We explore are area all the time.. Our town is tiny.. 4 blocks x 4 blocks.. dirt streets.. (smile) so have explored it a lot.. But we do travel out and around the area at least once a week.. Amazing what you can run into out in farm country.. Especially fun to ride the ferry’s and see what is on the other side of the river..

  4. I went back to my hometown a couple years ago (Sioux City Iowa) and , unfortunately, there was not much left there.

  5. I love this! Finding local hidden gems or finally visiting somewhere you’ve been meaning to for a long time in your local area is always such a wonderful thing to do. I hope you enjoy the birds, too!

  6. I love this! I actually co-host a monthly link up called Local Tourist, all about exploring where you live (and I often include library classes I attended!). It’s the last weekday of every month, if you want to join in. Sounds like you found a new place to visit! 🙂

    -Lauren

  7. I still live in my ‘hometown’ but haven’t gone into the depth of it in years, since I graduated from high school.

  8. Leanne Wong says:

    Nice idea! Discovering one’s hometown is a great way to spend some holiday time together with family.

  9. This is such a good reminder, I will have to do this. I live 1 hour from Yosemite, and have never been there. Seriously. And of course, a lot of other history and restaurants. I will have to dig in!

  10. Nene says:

    I go back to my hometown(Houston) pretty often and I love the city. There are unlimited restaurants to try and just love exploring every bit of it. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. I love this idea! After moving away and coming back home I now have so much more appreciation for my hometown. We always go on little adventures to places that in the first 18 years of my life I didn’t know existed! Part of this is getting older but part of it is definitely an active desire to find the beauty in this rural area!

  12. I love this idea. I have 2 kids and they love getting out to new places. I may have to scout out some parks and playgrounds nearby we’ve never been to this summer.

  13. This is something I try to do every summer– to be a tourist of your own city. Surprised with the new things I discovered each year!

  14. I was just thinking about this recently when traveling with a co-worker to a training and my co-worker was commenting on how she loved seeing new small towns. She hadn’t been to the area in which we were going that day. I thought, there is a LOT around me that I haven’t seen or explored. I always say I love to travel, but why not “travel” nearby? Love this post!!!

  15. One way I like to discover my hometown is through the various hiking spots. I have an app actually that helps me find them and through those hikes I discover new parts of the town I hadn’t seen before. I’ve lived in my town for 12 years now so it’s something I really enjoy 🙂

  16. I absolutely love exploring my hometown and learning more about it. It feels good to “be a local” and experience things I never have before in my own town.

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