Sara and I became friends many years ago when we discovered each other's blogs. Do you know how, with some special people, you just instantly recognize them as a kindred spirit? Someone whom you understand fully and they get you? Sara is like that for me.
Meeting Sara in person for the first time was endlessly delightful. I learned so much about her. Like how tall she is, her hometown (Ferndale, part of Detroit), and her family and friends. The visit opened a window into Sara's life through which I peered with starry eyes. We did several fun things like visit Michigan's biggest bookstore and walk around a whimsical outdoor art-project.
Detroit is a city in transition. Since 1950, its population has declined every year, mirroring the fate of the American auto industry. Despite economic deterioration, this situation is creating opportunities for young people and artists to re-make failing areas into unusual new things. That change fascinates me. Sara took us on several tours through the changed areas. If it wasn't for her tendency to get lost, she'd make an excellent tour-guide.
I didn't take many pictures because I was more focused on my experience than a later blog-report. Sometimes I prefer to immerse myself in an experience, especially when it's a rare one, so photography goes on a back-burner. Hanging out with Sara and getting to know her better was my goal for this trip and we accomplished that with joy.
I did snap a few shots; here they are...