What an amazing day I had yesterday! I spent the afternoon exploring my town and soaking in my surroundings. My morning began with a delicious soy latte from the local coffee shop, and then shortly after that savory first sip, my journey began. Along the way, I stopped to smile and chat with many locals and get a feel for what was happening downtown. It was an incredible experience; starting with the nectar from the gods we call caffeine, and ending with a pleasant joy ride on my brand new toy. I took many pictures during my adventure, and I thought I would share them. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words 🙂
This is one of the stores that I visited, and where I spent a large amount of my time, McCraw’s Antiques. It had SO many interesting pieces and I took my precious time to admire it all. Some, and I emphasize some, of the items I saw are below.
In McCraw’s, I met Houston: a jack of all trades. Currently he is working on producing hand made plaques for fraternities and sororities. How cool is that? He aspires to be a millionaire, (don’t we all!). He went on to tell me many stories of his younger years, and recalled that the day President Kennedy was shot, he happened to be nearby eating a cheeseburger in a joint called Henry’s. Interesting fellow, to say the least.
Here he is, showing me one of his plaques.
After leaving McCraw’s Antique Store, I walked around outside for a while, stopping in various shops as I went.
And of course, taking time to smell the beautiful flowers.
The weather was gorgeous, but a little humid, so I took a moment to cool down.
And enjoy a quick snack 😉
Walking further along, I noticed an intricately painted piano sitting outside of a shop. Upon questioning the nearest store owner, I discovered that the keys were part of a creative town program designed to allow anyone to sit down and play, and add a melodious atmosphere to the downtown. Area high school students were given the task to paint the pianos, five total, and the final results are outstanding.
Then I decided to stop in the local bike shop.
Where I found this…
A Trek Skye. Which of course, I had to take for a spin…
Down by the James River.
Overall, I had a fantastic day and SUCH an exhilarating adventure! I met new faces, explored new places, and stumbled into fascinating spaces. I encourage everyone to get out, tour your town, and get to know your neighborhood. It is so worth it. Remember to always love yourself, get outdoors, and love everyone 🙂