One of the things that's changed since we moved is where I run. Okay, that should go without saying, but at our condo I was able to skirt around the outside of town and get to some nice country roads when I have a long run. But now to get to those country roads I have to run through town, and now I'm seeing things in Mechanicsburg I've never noticed before.
So on my 10-miler on Saturday I brought my camera-phone and snapped a few fuzzy low-res pictures.
First was the Magical Incense Store. Yes, magical insense. I'm not sure if they sell magic beans, but even if they did, I don't have a cow to trade for them anyway.
I'm not sure if that's really the glare of a sunny day or just the magic emanating from the incense in the shop. I think the real question is how can an incense shop be profitable in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania? But honestly, why didn't they just call it "Stoner's Pot Palace"? (No one would have called that "blatant false advertising!")
Downtown there's a store called "Heel Your Sole" - which of course piqued my interest seeing as how often my feet have needed healing lately. This place at least has a website - it looks like a kind of "foot spa." Different.
Okay, so there's only so much to see in town. I considered grabbing a photo of Finkenbinder Field, but really it's just another little league baseball diamond. So I left town and explored the backroads. It's funny how in an area that I know is less than a mile from really busy roads on four sides can be so quiet.
I took this picture in just such a place:
Cornfields as far as the eye can see. Until you turn around.
And there's condos and new construction as far as the eye can see. I don't know if this is just an area in flux or what, but there's not many places like this where you can take a picture of wide-open country and then turn around and see not just houses being constructed but condos!
Another thing that surprised me on my run was when I stopped by a park and found an open and clean bathroom:
It seems most places I've run the bathrooms are either locked or filthy. (Possibly both, but how could I know that?) This restroom was in a park that had a nice 1/2 mile cinder trail. Not a place to run barefoot, but a nice place to put in a couple quick traffic-free miles.
Another curiosity was found at a place called BWI - I don't know what they do but hey, they're hiring!
Finally, another rare sight around here was a bike lane:
At least I assume it's a bike lane seeing as how there's two white lines there and cars occasionally drifted over the inside one as if to run down an invisible rider.
But sadly, the bike lane wasn't a long one, and eventually ended.
I guess I didn't get the best angle there, but it basically guides the cyclist into a ditch.
I wish I had more, but once I get tired I pretty much quit taking pictures and want to go home.