It was 7 a.m. on my first Saturday as a Fort Wayne resident when my phone rang. It was my mother calling from Illinois, asking what I had planned for that day. Since sleep was obviously out of the question, I mumbled something about unpacking and finding my way around town. I was a single girl, living in a town where I knew no one, and can honestly say I hadn’t planned much for my first weekend in the city. My mother, in typical mom fashion, had already looked up Visit Fort Wayne’s calendar and had a list of things I could be doing that day. It was obvious the conversation was going to continue until I committed to something on her list and agreed to report back later in the day. I chose the Downtown Fort Wayne Walking Tour. I love history and architecture so it seemed like the least painful thing to agree to at 7 a.m. It turned out to be one of the highlights of my time here in Fort Wayne. It was a great experience and one I’m happy to admit my mother was right about. With walking shoes, sunglasses, a bottle of water, the $10 fee, and sunscreen I set out to meet the tour group at the Barr Street Market where we would depart on our 90-minute tour. I learned quickly that volunteers like the one leading our tour are passionate about this city and love giving you the “inside story” of the history of things. It was easy to get swept up in the passion of our guide. www.archfw.org for more info. And, if you ever want to try it on your own, check out this self-guided walking tour!