Today was the first day of warm weather---on a weekend---that we've had since winter arrived. I, along with many of my fellow Prescottonians, decided to take advantage of the break and get the heck outside. It was the perfect prescription for the funk that has been dragging me down the past couple of weeks or so.
I'm currently living less than half a mile from my office, so the fact that I had to put in a couple of hours of work this morning didn't even phase me. I walked to work, and this is the view that I got to enjoy on the way:
When I finished my work, I decided to take a little stroll downtown to see what I could see. One thing I love about living here is that you can be walking in a neighborhood in the middle of town, and suddenly you can spy a trail that will take you off road:
This was a new trail for me, and it led to a creek running through town, and lots of happy birds in the trees. You'd think spring was on its way or something.
As I expected, there were tons of people (and dogs) downtown, even though there was no specific event going on. People were just happy to be outside. The courthouse lawn is a great public gathering place. I got a little treat from a homemade candy shop, parked myself on the steps of the courthouse, and just did some people watching. (Ok, I realize there are hardly any people in this particular shot, but trust me, they were just waiting in the wings. In the meantime, note the cool art deco details on the lamp posts!)
I'm not sure what was so fascinating up in this tree, but I got a kick out of watching these folks bend backwards to try to get a good look.
Before heading home, I stopped in my favorite independent bookstore, immediately found a book that fascinated me, bought it, and actually started reading while walking back home. Nerds of the world, unite!
On the way home, I passed the community gardens that I didn't know existed before today.
I got home and sat in my back yard for a while with my binoculars, watching the birds that visit my feeder, soaking in the last rays of sunshine, and being thankful for a day of healing. And there is still one more whole day left in the weekend!