While I've been in town for more than two months now, I'm still working on my "to see and do" list. As the calendar turns to August, I'm wondering if I will ever pass this way again. One never knows, right? There are three small towns nearby that I hope to fit into my itinerary, and last weekend, I spent a day cycling and walking, while playing tourist in Saline.
Named by French explorers for its salt springs, Saline is dear to my heart because it's where I've enjoyed cycling every Saturday morning with a small group from the local bike shop. Just four miles from "home", it was founded as a village in 1832, flourished with the expansion of the railroad, and by 1875, Saline was the principal agricultural shipping point in southeastern Michigan. In 1931, it became the "city of Saline", and today, with a population around 10,000, it's holding on to its small town feeling, while rural life diminishes.
As I continue to work, play and explore, I am also itching to roam. I've pondered Banff and Jasper, a return to New Mexico, a cycling trip around Lake Michigan, and travel abroad. With no definite decisions for the remainder of the year, I will say two things with absolute confidence -- I'm not ready to settle in one place, and I'm never going to live too far from the sea!