We often get so caught up in the glamour of jetting off to another country, some tropical destination, that we forget that there is plenty to explore in our own area. This past weekend I took two of my friends (both from out of state) to Duluth, MN to give them a taste of the place I grew up. To my surprise, I found myself looking at my own state with a visitors lens and discovered a new appreciation for Minnesota. The beauty we found here, at Jay Cooke State Park (pictured above), was unexpected and breathtaking. Even with a chill and a slight drizzle, we found inspiring views at every step. I love to travel, and I have every intention of going to another country, but I often forget that its ok to start where you can- to find those hidden gems right where you live.