much as we love our GypsyNester lifestyle, we understand that
chucking it all and hitting the highway is not something everybody
can do. Many of us have ties that can make it difficult —
if not impossible — to pull that off. With that in mind,
we like to periodically point out that there are plenty of
great GypsyNesting opportunities right in your own backyard.
A plethora of possibilities are playing out nearby no matter
where you call home.
You just have to know where to look.
for signs, look for fliers or peruse the local press. Check
the newspaper’s Living or Entertainment sections or pick up
the area’s free weekly What’s Happening type magazine.
Read the ads, not just the articles. That’s how we found the Combine
Demolition Derby at The Hillsdale County Fair and that was more
fun than any humans should ever be allowed to have.
fans can find diversions in any season, right in the area. Local
high schools have Big Games almost every weekend.
The unbridled excitement of youth is contagious. Just don’t
get caught making out under the bleachers. Embarrassing at
Got a college
nearby? If so, great competition is happening almost everyday if
you look beyond the big sports. Check out a track meet,
game, tennis or golf match, gymnastics or swimming meet,
soccer, rugby… who knows, you could even become a fencing fanatic.
price is usually right too… free. For a fee, the bigger
games are a blast too. We have had a ball at NCAA football
in the fall, basketball and hockey in the winter and what
better way to spend
a beautiful spring afternoon than to sit in the sun at a baseball
Speaking of baseball, is there a minor league squad nearby? If so, check them out. Quality play at a discount price with
the added bonus of close proximity to the umps for ease of sharing
“ideas” on the job he is doing.
Live in or near a college town? Universities
provide any number of diversions that otherwise may not be
available in smaller cities.
The theater and music departments
are performing, independent movies are showing and guest lecturers
are lecturing right now at schools all over the country.
While on campus,
pick up a class schedule — something may tickle your fancy.
every burg has a museum
of some kind, a community theater, historic district and
There must be a restaurant around that you’ve never tried
— try it or better yet, try several in an Appy
Crawl. This is a GypsyNester favorite in any city. Pick
two or three interesting establishments and order appetizers and
crawl from place to place. We find this a great way to sample several
menus in one evening without destroying our credit rating. Additionally,
it forces us to walk between eateries, burning off calories as we
or National Parks and Monuments in your vicinity?
were set aside for a reason — there is something scenic,
unique or historic protected there. We have never been disappointed
on any visit to any park. Pack up a tent and get back to nature,
find a romantic lodge or rent an RV. Who says camping can’t include
soft beds, a full kitchen and a big screen TV? Now that’s roughing
none of these ideas strike your fancy — fear not — we saved
the best for last. For a guaranteed good time, just look for
that has the word fest tacked onto the end of
it. Nothing says wingding like the suffix fest.
Close off the streets, set
up the booths, bring on the bands and the deep-fried grub on-a-
stick, it’s party time!
prefer food-fests (like Mikey, we’ll try anything) but every
fest proposes the potential for fun and frivolity.
We’ve partaken in flower
fests, salmon fests, bean fests, manatee fests, broom corn fests, magic fests, a gizzard
fest and even a testicle festival, or Testy
Festy (Rocky Mountain Oysters – ba-by!).
On those occasions
when organizers may have missed the golden opportunity to slap fest
onto their name, don’t hold it against them. Fairs, carnivals and
bazaars have possibilities too. A street fair can be nearly as fun
as a fest. We like to think that these smaller celebrations are
just learning to walk before they run. Someday they may well proudly
proclaim the title of fest.
Our idea is
that GypsyNesting is all about experiencing new things and embracing
the differences that abound in our world, so here’s one last idea:
Why not hit
the big city if you live in the country or kick back with some
time in the country if you’re breathing that big city air? Look
around, meet the citizenry, try the local fare.
With an open mind and strong stomach, you might just like it.
Did we miss anything? Please
leave a comment and share your ideas!
David & Veronica,