What I’m about to say doesn’t just apply to Palmyra.
When you vacation and visit a location, it is important to spend money while you are there. If you do not, that place will cease to exist and future tourist will not be able to enjoy it.
We are in such a rush at times, we go on vacation and we fly or drive in, do the one thing we came for, and we get out. If that “one thing” doesn’t involve spending any money, we then become part of a growing problem in tourism. That is why so many used-to-be-popular vacation attractions are gone. The owners couldn’t afford to stay open.
Local economies are supported by outside money. It is that simple. When you have a local tourist economy, and the tourist are not spending money locally, then that economy will dry up and die.
Your body cannot create its own nourishment, neither can a local economy.
The conversation went like this…
“How’s your day going?”, I asked a local businessman.
“Business sucks. It sucks!”, he grumbled, “Those LDS tourist go in the Grandin building, come out, get in their cars, and drive away.”
As I stood talking to him, we concluded tour buses are the worst. Many of them drive through our little village, drop off 60 (or so people) to tour the Grandin Press Building, rush them through the tour, and then drive off. (Not all of them do this, but a good number of them do.) Those 60 +/- people don’t spend a dime, yet derive benefit from having been here.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of our little village. The property and business owners are. And, if tourist do not spend time to patronize the local businesses, the surrounding buildings and homes will suffer and become eyesores.
Nobody wants that to happen.
My advise to you when you travel, even if you are on a budget or rushed, is this:
Spend money. Even if it is just a $1 purchased locally for a bottle of water, or a postcard (shameless plug), you will be helping keep that vacation spot alive.
Now, continuing with my 101 Things to do in Palmyra… (45-50)
Watch Goonies in the park (Pirate Weekend)
Watch the bed races (Pirate Weekend)
Watch the county fair parade
Watch the Canaltown Days parade
Watch the 4th of July Flag Ceremony (duh… on July 4th)
Business, for me, today was booming. I wish every business day was like this. Aside from working on my next book, Little Black Dress – Never Tell Your Daughters They Can’t, a book about empowered women, I booked several sessions, including two weddings, and sold quite a bit of Fine Art by DB product.
I ended the day by picking up my friend Paul, and taking him to do some night shots. Paul had asked about this, and I thought it would be fun to do. If you are not in to photography, shooting pictures at night is an art in itself. There is so much you can do if you have the patience.
Painting with Light
For example, the above picture was shot using a LensBaby Composer Lens, with a heart-shaped aperture disc. I opened the shutter for about 30 seconds while I stood in front of the camera with an LED flashlight making big circles while walking sideways. When I got done, I ran back to the other end. Sounds complicated, but it isn’t. Just think of a big kid playing with a flashlight for the first time.
Painting with Camera
This was my last shot of the night. I opened the shutter, and while it was open, I rocked my tripod head up and down, left and right, back and forth. Jackson Pollock you’d be proud.
And, if you are not in to abstract art, here’s something of a more traditional style…
Traditional Time Exposure