Get off the beaten path
Trip Start May 06, 2006
15Trip End Aug 15, 2006
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This is my first ever blog listing. I am pretty excited to see what I write! Here it goes:
Today I have discovered a few things about myself and it is only 10:00. Man am I a fast worker or what? For those who do not know me that well, I dont sleep much. Another little qwirk I have, is that I have a ton of little qwirks. I read a lot, a lot. I also love to go to random places and do random things randomly. That should be enough background info to suffice for this tale.
OK on with the story. I went to sleep at about 330 am this morning only to wake up at 5ish. When I wake up I do a little yoga and jogging at a nearby park. The park has a big lake in the middle with running trails around it, there are benches and things as well. I run until the sun comes up a bit then stop to soak in the sunrise. There is no better way to start a day than by sitting silently; watching the sun bring its light to the world, and with it a brand new day, in which I can do anything.
Jogging, with the park and a pink-stained sky to my back, I make my way home (Or at least to the place I am calling home for the next few months). Once inside, I hit up the shower for a quick and refreshing wash. Then head to the kitchen for a few bowls of raisin bran, a bagel, and a smoothie.
After feeding turdie and tj (AKA big and lil turd) I grab my black Jan Sport book bag that I have had since 8th grade and stuff it with a few books, my camera, mp3 player, and some pop tarts. Now I am off.
The other day I took a few pics of some grafiti art around town, and I decided over breakfast that I want to find more examples of this artistic genre to photograph as well. So, I set out for downtown SA and drive around looking for some beautiful sprayed wall paintings.
I am fairly sucessful and find a few wonderful areas with tons of creative grafiti. It is in my pursuit of this urban artform that I find my favorite place in SA to date.
I am on the southside of town continuing my search when I see a sign for a park/ zoo/ museum place. I love parks and natural areas and I want to see what this place is so I follow the sign. Once inside the park see another sign, this one was for a japanese tea garden. Now Im all like, 'whoa that soundspretty freakin cool,' and I speed over to the parking area for the garden.
This place is absolutely gorgeous, and the best part is that it has the potential for even greater beauty. This is going to be one of my new reading spots for a little while. It is so peaceful back there with the tranquil pool covered with lillies and filled with Chinese goldfish. The fountain and mini waterfall give off the soft sounds of gently flowing water. Everywhere I turn I see vibrant colors jumping out from the granite walls. The whole garden is in a hole cut out of the side of a hill. There are shear cliffs with trails and stairs cut into them on three sides and the pool in their center is surrounded by stone pathways and arched bridges all lined with flowers and other plants. There are bridges over bridges that lead to paths on the cliff face. There are alcoves carved into the rock walls with little benches big enough for two people to sit on.
The only blemish on the area is the giant pagota that houses the restrooms and picnick area. They are doing construction work on that part and on one of the clifftop bridges so there are signs, fences, tools, trash, and things all over the place up there. But in the valley of the garden it is as peaceful as can be. I feel like this is my little secret getaway. It feels like I am taken back to another time in another world when Im there.
Anyway, what I have discovered today is that when you are traveling you should get off the beaten path and do something different. If anyone reading this ever comes to San Antonio you should go and see the alamo and all the things that the city is famous for, but you should also go out and explore. Get off the roads everyone uses. To discover your own secret garden you have to step off the path that everyone else walks down. Get lost, and make your own path. That is when you find the places that the average tourist never gets to experience. That is when you find the places that the average local doesnt even get to experience!
Go grafiti searching, sunset chasing, sunrise watching, random driving, state park hunting with no map, or whatever else that will get you out and doing something different than everybody else. Life is all about discovery. The biggest discovery is discovered when you discover that you should discover new places and new things in order to discover yourself. WHEW! Now that my first blog is done Im gonna go and see if there is anything cool that I can find waiting to be discovered.....ok that is the last time Ill say the d word I promise. ;0)