Magical days. The kind of days you have when you let go of preconceptions of how the day should go, and open your arms and your heart to what is given to you in its place.
I have developed a passion for stand up paddle board (SUP) and did it every day when I was in the Keys. But the last couple of weeks, as I’ve worked my way up the East Coast, the weather hasn’t cooperated and it’s affected my mood. Yesterday, my first full day in Maryland it was supposed to be partly sunny and 78. I was so excited I couldn’t stand it. I was going to SUP. I got my board out, inflated it and put it in the water. But 78 and sunny in Maryland is different than in Florida and the wind was insane. I couldn’t make any headway. So I glumly got out of the water and put my board away. A friend suggested I might need to find a new hobby for this weather and I snapped back maybe I should just go back south.
Instead I looked on TripAdvisor (bless this app) for things to do near me. I already had places planned I wanted to visit over the next 2 days, so I wanted something different. It recommended Main Street Berlin, the town where I’m staying. A cute historical street full of shopping and restaurants. It wasn’t exactly how I thought I’d spend my day but I said screw it, I’ll go.
Magic. Pure, unadulterated magic. First of all, there’s free parking. I’ve been spending time in cities where I pay a minimum of $20 just to park so I can walk around and spend more money. FREE!!! Then I stumbled in a store called Yuppy Puppy. I couldn’t help it when I saw an outline on their glass front door with a special place for nose prints. I roamed around the shop and spent a few minutes talking with the lady who works there about my travels and where I’m headed next. When I came out and turned left…..nirvana….the next shop was The Greyhound-an Indie Bookstore. I walked in and it was like walking in to the library of someone’s home, with chairs and art and books and 2 lovely ladies working. I usually am not much of a talker but the owner, Susan Wimbrow, immediately started talking to me about books, and the book she had written (which I bought, along with 4 others) and she just drew me in. She offered me a glass of wine and the 3 of us ended up sitting and sharing stories and even a few tears, for about the next half hour. They recommended a place for me to eat lunch, and Susan hugged me when I left.
My next stop was Blacksmith Bar & Restaurant, which had the best burger I have eaten in a while. They specialize in local, farm to table, and the recommendation was perfect. From there I thought I was done and would just head back to camp, but I found a place called Sisters, and walked in thinking it was just a little gift shop, but it turned out to be a wine shop with a little seating area at the back and I spent another hour chatting with more locals. (I can just feel my friends shock as they read this because they know I don’t really talk to anyone.) One lady told me about some live music that will be happening at a little place right down the street from camp, and I’ll probably check it out tonight.
All of this magic just because “the day didn’t work out like I thought it should”. Be open. Be friendly. Step out of your comfort zone. “Every adventure is worthwhile.” ~ Amelia Earhart
#mainstreetberlin #thegreyhound #blacksmithberlin #sisters #travel #adventure #wanderlust #hippiegirl #sup #makingmemoriesallovertheworld #berlinmaryland #mayallyourpainsbechampagne