Self-Care Challenge (Day 162): Sightseeing

When we have visitors from out of town, there are a few spots we almost always include in our sightseeing rotation. This week we visited several of the usual suspects, one of which is the Harbour Public House on Bainbridge Island, a popular weekend destination of ours. (Their clam chowder is amazing!)

It wasn’t exactly what you might call “in the neighborhood” since it required a short ferry ride, but it did offer some breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline. But true to form, the weather didn’t exactly cooperate and the views of Mount Rainier were obscured by clouds. Even so, there’s something special about being on the water and gazing out onto the Pacific Northwest landscape.

I suspect that I enjoy sightseeing as much as our guests. It never gets old. Somehow, sightseeing makes me feel like a tourist in my own city, forcing me to take a break from my usual routines.

I took a break from email. I took a break from my writing projects. I took a break from the gym. It was a welcome break from my normal routines. Sightseeing helps us refresh our views, and it also helps us appreciate some of the things we so often take for granted.

When was the last time you were a tourist in your own city?

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