On my walk, I stopped at the entrance of Gilfillan Farm trail. Located right off of a busy main road, Gilfillan is a small slice of uncommercialized land situated in the center of my growing suburban community. With a Whole Foods and an Athleta a few minutes up the road, the trail’s location reminds me of the juxtaposition presented in Nescio’s “Young Titans”. The trendy stores and shops near the trail attract the same type of put together, businesslike people that Nescio noticed walking around the streets of Amsterdam in front of the Central Station.
Contrastingly, Gilfillan trail, similar to Oosterpark, remains isolated from the hustle and bustle of commercialized life. Here I have spent countless summers walking the trails with my friends talking about our plans for the future. Much like Nescio and his friends, we were all eager to set the world on fire and adventure outside of our community. Something about fresh air and a blazing hot summer sun seems to incite youthful plans and dreams.
However, unlike Nescio’s time spent staring at the stars and watching the sunrise, I spent most of my childhood dwelling in the commercialized landscape rather than in nature. For me, Gilfillan Farm trail is a reminder to take a step back from my busy daily life and simply enjoy the landscape around me.