Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer is……

Being a tourist in your own town. 


First, let me tell you a little bit about where we live. 

It is a tourist town.  We are surrounded by mountains, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, everything dinosaur, Indian Reservations, farms and oil fields. 

I joke that the reason this is a tourist town is because no one wants to live here. 

The Summer is amazing.  Highs in the 90’s, fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking all around. 

But the Winter, oh my, gets to –40 degrees F.  (That’s a NEGATIVE people.) Granted that is at night, but still some days make it up to 0.  BRRRR!  The Winter’s here are also generally longer too. 


Ok, Ok, enough background (and complaining too).


We were out eating at a restaurant, (not one attached to a hotel for once, this one specializes in River trips) and they had some tourist guides for free.  We took a few and have been checking out some of the suggested things in it.  


One of them was called our cities ocean.  I do not live anywhere near the ocean.  Nor is it anywhere near any type of water.


You drive up a dirt road to a ridge, there is an old shed there, and you lay down on the roof of it, and look upside down at night, and an illusion causes it to look like an ocean.  It was actually very very neat.  All the kids loved it.  We even took some neighbors who have lived in this town 12 years and had never heard of it.

We would have never discovered this if I hadn’t check out our town’s tourist information.    You can get tourist information for your town at your local Chamber of Commerce, even if you don’t live in a “tourist town”. 


This is definitely something we will be doing again this Summer.  


The first picture is right side up. The second one is upside down, see how it does look like an ocean.  So neat.

1 comment:

M said...

This is one of my favorite things to do! Look for free museum days in your area, cultural events, and other things as well. Also, order your state tourism guide... you will be amazed at what you find!


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