When Michelle at Busy Weekends came up with a genius idea to put together a travel guide highlighting the best and/or most secret parts of the city you live in, Silkworm and I had been right in the middle of finally discovering the hidden awesomeness in our town while on our daily morning bike rides--so we decided to take Michelle's challenge and write a brochure about the city we so proudly call home, now.
Once upon a time, I used to have a silly assumption that this place was just a boring small town in the middle of nowhere, but that was when Silkworm and I spent the days inside our house, tucked safely inside our comfort zone. Little did we know how much there was to discover! When we finally started getting out of the house regularly, courtesy of Lucy the yarn-bombed bike (purchased with a wad of hard-earned money and a desire for a comfortable ride for my strangely sensitive butt), we started finding something new and interesting every time we went out.
It started with realizing how adorable the teeny tiny town of shops is, complete with a lake and an osprey nest across the water. Then we began to realize how much water we are surrounded by, and how lovely an early morning chill we have because of it. Soon enough, we discovered a colony of bunnies and deer on a particular street, which we now bike down every evening to visit the wildlife. There's also a bridge over the train tracks that we've been trying to stand on while a train rumbles past underneath, but we haven't gotten our timing right so far. And it appears we're under a protective bubble from bad weather because whenever the rest of our area gets nasty thunderstorms and such, we stay mostly dry and peaceful.
While we could easily write a list of negatives and disadvantages of living where we live, too, we've chosen not to focus on those things because we are too grateful to have the things we are lucky enough to have. However, for the sake of letting everyone know no town is perfect, we'll also let you know: the closest department and grocery stores are a fifteen minute drive away; there are not many sidewalks yet many busy streets with small shoulders, so it's tough to get around on a bike; there's not a lot of socializing opportunities for miles.
But none of that matters, because we love counting the bunnies on our bike rides at sunset and racing to get to the bridge over the train tracks when we hear the train whistle and hearing ospreys out my bedroom window at all times of the day.
Fall in love with what you have. Passion goes to waste when one spends it on wishing for something else.
Silkworm and I are going to leave a few of these lying around town and maybe even ask a few shop owners if they'd like to give away some free copies. We didn't credit ourselves anywhere in the brochures, but we are going to leave a hashtag on the back of them for anyone to use on Instagram, if they want to share a photo of their findings. At least we might get to see people discovering them!