We’re pretty much small town kids who are now living in the ‘burbs of a bigger city.
Every once in awhile we go downtown, but it’s pretty much targeted – the Convention Center, a restaurant. Never just wandering.
My daughter had been taking the light rail into work while the freeway was messed up with construction, and thought the girls would get a kick out of seeing what she sees everyday. So we (Gaga, Da’, Mama and the girls) headed out on an adventure, taking the light rail train downtown for breakfast, playing around downtown, then lunch and home.
It really is quite an experience when you are accustomed to driving yourself every where you go. We Californians miss so much within the cocoons of our automobiles.
With all the stops it isn’t any faster, in fact it may take a little longer, but being able to read en-route makes it productive time, rather than wasted time, so there’s that. It’s also easier on the environment. And it sure is entertaining. The people who tend to ride the light rail are much more “interesting” looking (for lack of a better word) than the folks we normally come into contact with. Lots of tatts, piercings, and crazy hair-dos. It was all we could do to keep the girls from staring.
We had breakfast at a little vegan, gluten free bakery. As much as I like the idea, the reality wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. Maybe once we get ourselves off of so many carbs and less sugar it’ll taste better? Even though we couldn’t give it rave reviews, it felt good to know we were eating something healthier than normal bakery fare.
Then we headed to a park so the kids could run around and play. There were a couple of really cool artsy sculptures I was intrigued by, and Da’ had me do a goofy pose in front of one of them. I don’t know why we thought it was so funny, but we did!
From there we hoofed it to Ernesto’s (our current favorite Mexican restaurant) for lunch where we were able to consume less healthy food to balance out the healthy breakfast. And of course, no trip to Ernesto’s is complete without a margarita.
Then it was back to the train and the ride home. We’re hoping to do it again… There are so many cute looking shops and restaurants that appear to warrant further exploration. It was fun to do something a little different, creative even, and the girls got a little taste of urban living. I’d say it was a day well spent.