Well put, Cajun! I, too, enjoy seeing the sights that so many here have posted, and it really balances the overall trip experience. For myself, I've learned that if I don't get out in nature on a trip, I feel like I'm just trying to do too much--like I'm on a mission to accomplish something to check off my bucket list. Nature, as I'm sure it is for many people, is like a sanctuary where one can slow down and focus on beautiful things. I think zoos would present a similar feeling--enjoying and appreciating the amazing animals that walk this Earth.
Finding things you're not looking for is such a treat--like the chalk art that CC posted.
And even though I don't know Travelin Man, I think of him now when I find a place closed.
I'll never get to all the pies that BB has posted, but I love that we can all live vicariously through everyone's trip reports!!