I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to just walk yesterday afternoon. This is not something that I have the opportunity to do nearly as often as I would like, but really enjoy my time taking in Glen Rose and all its small town charm when I can manage it. I realize that this town has its fair share of drama, dirty politics, gossips and the like, but that is part of what a small town is all about. And honestly, I do not ever see myself anywhere else. I am in love with this town. Of course I have the luxury of being a native as opposed to a transplant, so my viewpoint may be a bit different than that of someone from a different background.
We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful river walk. I find the river very soothing and was happy to see that the water was actually flowing as opposed to sitting still and becoming stagnant. I hope that the flow continues at least until the ribbon cutting ceremony in the next few weeks. I was also thrilled with the addition of the lights since it is getting darker much earlier now. It makes that area more accessible to working commuters like me who do not generally get into town until dusk or later. I have also heard that security cameras have been ordered or are in the process of being ordered or something of that nature. I made the mistake of walking that area at dusk before the lights were installed and it was a bit intimidating. Hopefully the addition of the cameras will help to make people feel a little safer, not to mention stop the people that apparently feel that it is a form of entertainment to vandalize. I wonder about people sometimes.
The weather was absolutely beautiful yesterday. I saw several motorcycles and thought that it would be a wonderful way to take in a Sunday afternoon. Just taking in nature - all the colors of fall - with the wind in your hair :) I am a huge fan of the idea, but not such a huge fan of actually executing that idea. I prefer the safety of fiberglass around me and four wheels below me. But I guess I am a wimp when it comes to that type of adventure.
I looped my walk down Barnard and then down Grace. We really need to consider sidewalks in that area. I see a lot of people walking there generally and you either have to walk on private property or on the road. I generally opt for private property because people completely disregard the speed limit through that area and walking on the road could be detrimental to my health.
I have to say that Grace Street is one of my favorite areas. I have always liked it back there even when I was a little girl. I would love to live there someday. That being said, I read somewhere (probably on this site) that the city council is considering closing Grace off to through traffic. I am not sure what became of that proposal, but I have seen a whole lot more police activity in that area over the last few weeks. Buck Martin has been a very busy man as I saw him in all his glory three times last week. Hopefully that will make people slow down on that road. I understand why people use that road as a shortcut in the mornings because I live on that side of town and it never fails that when I'm running late I always get caught in school traffic at the square. But I do not understand that necessity of speeding through there. The speed bumps would do some serious damage to my car if I sped through that area.
I finished my little adventure back where I started, at the Heritage Park. I remember when that area was nothing more than a trailer park. It does not seem like it was that long ago, but the older that I get, the faster time seems to fly by. There were several families taking photos. That park is very interesting and beautiful at the same time. Even though I am a native, I still enjoy walking and reading about all the buildings. I'm very glad that someone or someones recognized the need to preserve our history and that now I have to opportunity to share it with my children.
It is refreshing to get to play tourist sometimes. Over all, we are very lucky to have to things that we have. Even though most people do not agree on a lot of things about this area, we do seem to have had and continue to have at least a few caring citizens and council members and volunteers and the like that really care about this community and want to see it succeed. Regardless of the drama, regardless of the politics, regardless of who is related to who or who is doing what with who's whoever. Sometimes people just need to step back and take a look at the big picture and stop worrying about the little things all the time.