What makes us fall in love with transformations?
Growing up, I watched my dad bring in junk cars and transform them into beautiful masterpieces. He would put his heart and soul into these metal sculptures and painstakingly chip away at restoring the old parts that made the car so unique. Once he was finished, the car looked brand new.
I was reminded of this nostalgia when I recently visited Auburn, California. Located in the greater Sacramento area, Auburn boasts its rich California Gold Rush history along with historic landmarks, including the oldest high school in California. Wandering down the streets of Auburn, my family and I stumbled upon an array of classic cars lining the street. It was a beautiful sight and I wish that we could have seen “before” pictures to have something to compare them to. While I forgot the camera at home to immortalize these cars, I have shared some photos from my Unique Cars album on Pinterest.
Past the cars we could see beautiful buildings, such as the Capitol, gleaming from behind the trees just begging to be noticed. In an act of preservation, Auburn has kept up on maintenance of these buildings with small transformations to give them a modern feel. But it still makes you appreciate the beauty of something for what it originally was and what a little creativity (and fresh coat of paint) can do.
It’s refreshing to step back in time and visit small towns that still place such great value on their past, but who are not afraid to take a chance and try something new. Inspiration can be found anywhere; you just have to take a closer look.