Most people will circle their target location like vultures around carrion, waiting and watching for a space as close as possible. Why? So they don't have to walk another few hundred feet? I'll let you in on a secret: the unexpected things you discover walking from obscure parking spots are often better than the destination.
Today being my twenty-second birthday, I decided to finally do some touristy St. Paul sight-seeing. Going to the Como Zoo and Conservatory during school break, when summer camps and family day trips are in full swing, was a poor life decision. However, the lack of a single parking space within almost a mile proved to be the most providential happening of the day. After chancing to discover a remote and thoroughly obscure little parking lot (belonging to the streetcar museum, of all places), I ambled through almost a mile of wide, empty green fields (the soccer camp kids had yet to arrive at that point), and along paths shaded by trees with graceful arching branches and lined by park benches, soaking in the sights and the sun. Under a stone bridge overpass, I found a message that seemed to be from the world to me.
|Ok, so this wasn't from today. A view of St. Paul from the steps of the cathedral|
|Yes, you may use this as your new desktop image|
|This puffin was giving me major side-eye.|
|A 300 year old tree? It must be enormous!|
|Under 2 feet tall. Well, that's disappointing. I don't feel so bad about what I've accomplished in 22 years now.|
|Ferns displayed like hunting trophies. They even kind of looked like moose.|
|Another sight on my walk back to my car|
|And yet one more benefit of obscure parking|