The Ten on Tuesday topic for 8/11/2015 is 10 Things You Love About Visiting The Country.
This is not going to be as specific as last week’s Ten on Tuesday was. (That was about “The City” – San Francisco for me, an unnamed generic city for others.) This is going to be the country in general, because I don’t have any specific place in the country that I go visit.
- The quiet. I am a city girl (well, suburbs, really), but sometimes it’s nice to get away from it all.
- The smell. You know, the smell of nature. Sun-warmed grasses, freshly tilled earth, and above all, NO POLLUTION. Wonderful.
- Hiking options! Yeah, I take walks around the surrounding neighborhoods for some outside exercise (as opposed to indoor exercise equipment) but there’s nothing like a good hike.
- Listening to the wind through the tall grass. Have you ever listened to the wind through tall grasses or wheat fields? It’s so calming. Almost sounds like the ocean. I love it.
- Wildlife! I love seeing critters in their native environments. And yes, that includes big critters, like the bears we’ve seen in Yosemite.
- The stars. Amazing how many stars you can see when there aren’t that many lights at night to get in the way…
- Local foods. Country towns can have some of the best local-made foods if you can find them. Jams and honeys are some of my favorites, since I can take them back home with me easily.
- Local crafts. I do enjoy wandering a country town’s Main Street and seeing what the local artisans have made. You can find some really neat stuff.
- Pacing. Not as in “walking back and forth”, but as in “the pacing of life”. It’s probably busy enough for those who live in the country, but since I don’t, the pace of life always seems so much slower and more relaxed to me. (Maybe it’s more that I’m in vacation mode than anything? I do associate this more with country visits than other vacations, though.)
- Things are often in walking distance. Not everything, of course. The Big Box Stores are often driving-distance only. (Though why you go to the country for a Big Box Store, I have no idea.) But there’s usually a more central “downtown” in country towns, and once you’re in town you can park and walk to everywhere else you want to go.
Have a great week!