Inspire | Taking an Unexpected Journey

May 31, 2018

While on a scouting expedition to find some local areas for family portraits, I took a short drive to the Boone County Arboretum in Union, KY since it was relatively close by. Having lived in the Northern Kentucky area for over a decade now, this was one of the places I had always meant to check out but just never had the time. Well, on this day, I decided to forgo any other plans at the moment and see what I was missing.

First off, let me tell you that this was an unplanned little trip. Since I was close to the area, I thought I’d just “drop by real quick” and check it out. Little did I know the little journey I’d enjoy that morning. Here’s a map showing you where I started (green dot at the bottom of the map), my unexpected nature walk (yellow line), and the stopping point when I decided I should probably head back to my car (red dot) (Note: blue line is the shorter walk I took along the driveway back to the parking lot). As you can see, it was quite a walk!

As I started off on my walk, I didn’t really know what to expect or how long the path would be. I guess I should have picked up a map at the information kiosk, but if I had, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the journey as much, and I’ll tell you why. Again, not knowing what to expect, I decided to just follow the path where it led. Every turn in the pathway led me to an unknown adventure. Having never been here before (and not even knowing how large the park was), every twist and turn was new. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what I was coming up to. What I encountered for the next hour and a half was an enjoyable stroll through a beautiful park.

Weaving around baseball and soccer fields, the pathway was a welcomed break for me. It forced me to step away from my computer and my work day, to just focus on what was around me. Having worked in the attractions design field as an exhibit graphic designer dealing mainly with signage, I enjoyed the information and signage throughout the park. The personalized park benches with dedications to loved ones was a humbling aspect–it made me truly feel like this was a place that was special to so many people. And a few Little Free Libraries around the grounds were also a very nice thing to find.

Photos do not do justice to the experience of actually walking through this beautiful park. But each unexpected and unknown turn in the pathway led me to a new place and new experiences to encounter. On the day I walked through, my shoes weren’t quite “long distance strolling footwear.” That being said, I came to a point where I had to decide to either continue walking, or turn around. Looking at the map afterward, I think it was a good decision to head back to my car. I’ll leave the rest of the park for another visit.

If you’re ever in the Northern Kentucky area, I highly recommend visiting the Boone County Arboretum.