On a whim, I drove to Fort Wayne. I didn't get there until after 9 p.m. which meant I needed to get creative with what activities I was going to accomplish. Being a photographer, this was a great opportunity to capture night/city life pictures.
I spent most of my time at the Riverfront, where I discovered this awesome skate park. There were tons of kids and teenagers out skating and just hanging out with friends. Right next to the skate park is the Martin Luther King Bridge, which is lit up at night and changes colors. This was so fun to take pictures of and after driving around during the night, I decided to stay, so I could take some sunrise shots.
Now, I'm on a tight budget, so I couldn't just sleep at a hotel. Luckily, Fort Wayne has lots of great spots to park and sleep in your car. I found one where it was quiet and safe. Unfortunately, it didn't last. At about 3 a.m. there were sirens and tons of commotion down the street from where I was. Three ambulances, two fire trucks, and several police cars.
I freaked out! Was it a crime? An medical emergency? A fire? What the heck had all of these people here? I still don't know the answers, but I was kept awake by all of the ruckus and ended up moving across the street to another location.
So, I get all situated in my new location, there was a nice, manicured lawn, so I decided to sleep outside. Stupid. Very stupid. I had just fallen asleep, when low and behold, a crazy snorting cry is blaring into my right ear. I sit up, scared to death, and come face to face with a young buck! Yes! A male deer!!!
My abrupt movement scares him and he leaps up and takes off running to another deer, eating by the trees! I look around. I'm in a field surrounded by several of them munching grass! Usually, I'm a fan of wild animal sightings, but considering I had barely slept and I was scared out of mind, I was furious.
I got in the car, they took off and so did I. I was considering just going home, when I noticed the sky was getting lighter and it was almost sunrise. I decided to head back to the Riverfront and go back to the older bridge to take photos. I ended up with several shots I was happy with and spending some time in the city.
Here is my adventure-loving list of things to do in Fort Wayne:
1. Don't plan anything, just drive there.
2. Don't take much money. It will make you more creative.
3. Hang out with the locals at the skatepark by the riverfront.
4. Sleep somewhere unusual.
5. Cruise the streets looking for unusual architecture and street art.
And here is the list for the perfect planner in your life:
1. Visit the amazing conservatory and gardens in the center of the city.
2. Check out Martin Luther King Bridge at night.
3. Visit the Fort Wayne Zoo,
4. Wake up early and try a cup of java from Fortezza.
5. Stroll Headwaters Park and Freimann Square.
6. Watch the Tin Caps play.
7. Try Americana food at Coney Island.
Ericka Dianne Photography