We meandered through jewelry and antique stores. We stopped for a cup of coffee. We walked through art galleries and stared in awe at the buildings. We walked hand-in-hand idly down the sidewalks. We stopped and talked to a grandmother who has lived in Trinidad her whole life and listened as she recalled memories.
They don’t build like this anymore. The intricate details of each cornerstone and inset lettering. The grandness of a small town.
One can learn a lot from the art and sculptures set throughout a place. This was a town of coal miners and of ranchers.
Can you hear the sound of the horses pulling carriages down the Main street? The eruptions in the saloon? The sound of a bustling small town on a Saturday night? Ghosts of people and activity over the past hundred and fifty years swarms by in my imagination and the sense of place captures me.
I wonder what the street looked like when people lined up at the grand Opera house. Or what the lights looked like as kids lined up at the movie theater on a Friday night. The roller rink must have been great fun at the time that I used to roller skate in the 70’s and 80’s.
There are new cafes to visit and bookstores and side streets, but alas, we started our journey down Main street too late in the day and everyone is closing up shop.
Just like the small museums I wrote about yesterday, there are probably small towns all around you, other cities, other places a half hour, an hour, maybe an hour and a half away that hold history, and art, and a different life. There are books to look at and coffee to sip, and elders to engage in conversation with. There are new parks to soak up the sun in, and places to see. Perhaps this Saturday you will head out to a new town to explore, enjoy, and get inspired. These little day trips are good for the spirit- a change of scenery and the exploration of something new.