I’ve done my far share of globe-trotting and am always up for new adventures. That exploring nature doesn’t go away state-side though.
With moving around a lot both during college (internships in three different states in three years) and then after I returned home from the Peace Corps I’ve lived and traveled to a lot of different places. And in nearly every move I’ve gone knowing not a single soul, and in a couple instances my first time to ever step foot in the new state was for my job interview.
When I find myself in a new community I do my best to learn as much as I can about it and experience it completely. So I’m often doing “touristy” things in my own town or surrounding communities and never want to miss a local festival whether it be celebrating corn, crawfish, baby pigs, BBQ and blues.
While living in Louisiana I convinced my then boyfriend (now husband) and Louisiana native to go on a swamp tour. I know, I know, so touristy. But I wanted to do it. I wanted to cross it off my imaginary bucket list. I’d seen my far share of gators before the tour so it wasn’t even about that (although I was ready to see some more.)
It was the experience I was looking forward to! We went kind of late in the year (late November or early December if I remember correctly) so there weren’t many gators. We did spot a few and our tour guide, complete with the requisite thick cajun, didn’t disappoint with the experience. And it was just Michael and I on the boat so it was a lot of fun.
We heard some great stories, saw some beautiful scenery in the bayou and even got to catch a little gator (to be harmlessly released after a few snap shots).
I’m now back on more familiar territory, I grew up right up the road from Evansville, but look at the community with a different set of eyes. The Evansville I recall is the one that appealed to a 16-year-old girl — there was the mall and Olive Garden. And now I’m looking at it with the eyes of a mom and 30-something year-old woman looking at a community I plan to call home.
What kinds of things do you think I shouldn’t miss in Evansville? What are your favorite “touristy” things you do in your own community?