When I go for my weekend runs I often end up looking for things along my route that will be of interest to my daughter as I complete my run. In essence, we become tourists in our city as plan my routes around locations or events I would not normally make a point of running by when on my own.
For example, I have written a couple of times about running to the Central Experimental Farm so my daughter could see the cows.
Yesterday our run turned into a new adventure i had not planned when we left the house. Our run began with a trip to Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General. As you can see below we stopped long enough so that my daughter could see the ceremonial guard and to take a couple of pictures.
Once we got back underway I realized that we had timed it right to continue the theme and head for the Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place on Parliament Hill.
We made it there in time to catch most of the ceremony and then continued our run along the parade route back to the drill hall which allowed us to see the ceremonial guard march by again. Here are a couple of shots of them headed back down the street as they made their way to the drill hall.
Although she did not enjoy the bass drum when it first passed by her stroller my daughter enjoyed the adventure and it gave us a story to tell everyone yesterday. I am not sure yet where we will head next weekend but I am sure we will find another adventure.
Do you ever find yourself becoming a tourist in your own city when you run?