As you read this, I will be in-flight to Minnesota for a 2+ week vacation to see my family and friends!!
I am SO excited. 😀
I was born and raised in Minnesota and spent 23 years there until I moved to South Dakota for my first teaching job.
Yes, it is cold there, but there are a lot of great things about Minnesota that I have really grown to appreciate!
(My sister (on the right) and I (on the left) after a 12 mile run in January.)
– The people are unlike no other. I honestly think the term “Minnesota Nice” does hold true–especially outside the metro area.
– Lakes, lakes, and more lakes!
– I love all the trees. Big, beautiful maple and oak trees that provide shade in the summer and turn beautiful colors in the fall.
– And even though it is pretty flat, there are still rolling hills everywhere. I have a lot more appreciation for the landscape since being gone for 5 years; it doesn’t seem as flat as I always thought it was.
Craig and I did go to Minnesota for a few days in January to attend my Grandma’s funeral, but other than that, I haven’t been back since last summer.
Here are a few recaps from my trip last summer:
I ran my first marathon: Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN.
(By the way, if you are looking for a mostly downhill course with great spectator support and a hometown feel, you should definitely check out this race! I loved this marathon and would run it again in a heartbeat!)
I got to see Kara Goucher, who is also a Minnesota native!
Whenever I travel to Minnesota (or anywhere outside Alaska), I always look forward to going to stores we don’t have in Alaska such as: Panera Bread, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Ikea. Plus a lot of clothing stores: J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Loft, and outlet stores!
I also get to spend a lot of time on the lakes—seeing there are 10,000+ of them.
And experience sweet thunderstorms and rainstorms again!
I can’t guarantee how much posting I will be able to do, but I do have some guest posts lined up, so keep checking back! 🙂
I will also do my best to keep up-to-date on your blogs, but forgive me if I can’t comment as often.
What do you appreciate about where you grew up?