I love to road trip – in fact I’m pretty sure it’s in my DNA. I come from a back roads, road-trippin’ family. Many weekends of my childhood we took off to explore the back ways to a park where we’d have a picnic and hike or fish. My dad was the back road king, and my mom the one who made it an event that didn’t end in tears by bringing all the important comforts of home along with us. I still love to take off and discover the roads less driven. In fact, I feel you can create an entire amazing vacation without even leaving the county. Last Saturday I took off on a trip and didn’t even leave town! When do you get away? I think it’s vital to get out, explore, learn about your area, enjoy nature and the sunshine, You can meet great business owners and other intrepid local travelers. You can get some fresh air, exercise, and a new out look on life. Do you need to go to Florida, or is there an adventure for you right near home? Taking time to explore is the best way I know to let those great creative ideas download into your conscious brain. Here are photos of a few places in my town, snapped while I walked and enjoyed some February sun and May temperatures.

My Town - Downtown

My Town – Downtown

The Goddess Isis

The Goddess Isis

Flags - Herbert Hoover Historic Site

Flags – Herbert Hoover Historic Site

Prairie - Hoover Historic Site

Prairie – Hoover Historic Site

E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum

House - West Branch

House – West Branch