So, there's a little woodsy park not far from where I live. It's probably about 20 acres or so of mostly woods, with a baseball field, playground, tennis courts. I've walked through it well over a hundred times, and thought I knew all the trails in it...
... Today my kids wanted to go exploring in the park, and my youngest said that a friend had said there was "something cool" if you went a secret way. So we figured we'd go check it out...
We trekked around, and climbed over some rocks, and went through some parts of the woods where the trail sort of fades out... and... then... just as we were at a point pretty far from any official trail... we found an amazing little spot.
Someone had made an amazing hangout spot in a little area under some trees. There are a bunch of hammocks (some pretty high up in the trees), some chairs, a bench, a table and some stools, umbrellas, and even a tent. There's even a lighting system (battery powered).
At first I thought maybe we had stumbled onto someone's property alongside the park, but there's a little sign hanging on the tree with a phone number. The sign said: "If found, welcome. Have fun!"
I texted the number and thanked them for creating an amazing spot, and they wrote back: "Glad you could have fun! Feel free to use it as much as you want." Wish I'd known about it a year ago, as it might have become my pandemic office... 😀
Anyway, the moral of the story: go exploring sometimes and have some adventures. You never know what you might find (literally) off the beaten trail.

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