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This past summer, Parade Magazine had a delightful write up, titled, “Visit an American Original.” The gist of it was a list of 50 giant-sized landmarks.  From the world’s largest buffalo in Jamestown, N.D. to a giant roller skate in Anchorage, Alaska.

Does your town/city/village have a giant…something?  If it doesn’t, is there anything colossal to visit?  Think of the statues in your area around town and in parks and don’t forget your local cemetery too.  Are there any diners or eateries donning a giant hotdog or mega-burger on the roof or on its premises? Think.  You’ve probably passed it by.  Now, go and visit the landmark again.  Take some photos; delve deeper and find out who was responsible for the landmark.  I mean, I can understand the world’s largest strawberry in Strawberry Point, Iowa, but the world’s largest filing cabinet in Burlington, Vermont?

Atop Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul

Rejigger and set your next day trip travels around something big; big may not always be better, but it sure gives you lots of food for thought—with no calories.  It’s a great way to teach kids about a quirky way to appreciate and learn about things that may be big and under our noses, but we still miss them each and every time.

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Museums, art galleries and creative venues are not the only avenues that can inspire the day-tripper. The ordinary trail outside of these types of attractions can also ripened and feed the eyes.

If you look intently, you will find novelty in a window display, in a fashion maven who bumps into you on the sidewalk; in a handful of pebbles strewn on the roadway.

On the day trip trail of museums in Minneapolis, MN, we serendipitously ran into this "piece of art"

One of the best things about day trips is that they overwork the eyes and other senses as well.  Look and look some more…although we may be in a stagnant place of life…the world never is; feed upon its colors, its nuances; eat in everything…there’s plenty of pie for everyone, so dig in, enjoy and rejigger!


Remember when you were a kid, and you played hide-and-seek?  Even though it meant the game was finished, the best part was the moment that your co-player found you or visa versa, because that particular instant offered an element of surprise. An anticipated surprise that stimulated you to utter delight. 

It’s been said before, but I’ll reiterate, as we grow older we lose, among other things, this sense of surprise.  One way to regain this feeling is to make it a conscious quest to look—and discover—the unexpected.  A flower blossoming.  Dew drops.  The way sunlight dances through a room in your house.

Yellow bird in a tree spotting--The Japanese Garden and Pavilion, Montreal, CanadaYellow bird in a tree spotting (getting closer!)--The Japanese Garden and Pavilion, Montreal, Canada

Yellow bird in a tree spotting (getting closer!)--The Japanese Garden and Pavilion, Montreal, Canada

Taking a day trip makes this scavenger search easier, only because, typically, a new place offers a fresh, new perspective.  We see things with fresh eyes.  The result?  We are relaxed, rejuvenated, and we rejigger.*  Your assignment for this coming week, if you choose to do it, add a little spark and imagination into your life, take a day trip close to home and search for newness, novelty; anything that will give you pure, childlike delight. (For a bonus point, play hide-and-seek with your mate, your child, your friend or neighbor.)

And we came here to see the bison!...Creamery Brook Bison, Brooklyn, CT

*  “Quietly but noticeably over the past year, Americans have rejiggered their lives to elevate experiences over things. Because of the Great Recession, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll has found, nearly half of Americans said they were spending less time buying nonessentials, and more than half are spending less money in stores and online,” In Recession, Americans Doing More, Buying Less; NYT, January 2, 2010.

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Through simple secrets to a happier life like day-trip adventures and a gratitude journal by the bedside, I have not only been able to overcome many obstacles in my life, but erase negative and useless thinking…and, yes, learn to relax, rejuvenate, rejigger. *

Rejigger *

* “Quietly but noticeably over the past year, Americans have rejiggered their lives to elevate experiences over things. Because of the Great Recession, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll has found, nearly half of Americans said they were spending less time buying nonessentials, and more than half are spending less money in stores and online,” In Recession, Americans Doing More, Buying Less; NYT, January 2, 2010.

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