One of my goals this year is to get out of my normal rut and do more adventurous things. Not to mention, I moved to a new city last February and still have not discovered anything around so it’s helpful to see what cool spots are available.
So I made a day of it!
The day started with my sister, mom, sister-in-law, and my 5-year-old niece who just wanted to play around. There’s a park near my house called Fairmount Park and they kept telling me it was a beautiful place, and it sure was. There’s a big pond with lots of ducks, which was scary since they could attack! But still, there was so many beautiful trees and bridges and I fell in love with the place.
We walked all around and basically, everything was insta-worthy, even the playground, which my niece only wanted to play, was super cool and had actual chair swings. It’s one of those places that you could just go for a walk and think and look at all the beauty. Definitely, a gem in this city and did not expect it!
Fun fact: I’m kind of obsessed with my sneakers now!
Dropping nuggets of wisdom on my niece
There was even a small pier! This honestly became one of my favorite shots.
Totally fell in love!
Now for all you Southern California natives, I sound like a complete noob when I tell them I have never been to the Mission Inn. It’s a hotel and every holiday season they have a spectacular festival of lights, which everyone flocks to. We actually got there before the lights went down, which was okay because I was not about to get crushed by crowds. It’s a beautiful and historic place and it was a maze.
But my favorite part was low-key going into hidden places. We had to act like we knew what was happening and just pretend we knew what we were doing. It was thrilling yet terrifying. It was great! Not to mention, we accidentally ran into a wedding! I’m not stealth so I’m definitely great at this adventure thing.
Never ending stairs
Part of the church there
After that we looked through the shops around and they had some of the cutest boutiques and I’m a sucker for brick, old town buildings so I just marveled. I truthfully never expected anything that pretty and awesome where I lived so it all came as a nice surprise. It’s also great to get out of doing and visiting the same places and actually discovering something that you never expected. Life is meant to be adventurous!