Without mentioning any state or region when meeting people as we travel, I'm often pegged as a Minnesotan.
"Are you from Min-ee-soooo-da?"
"Isn't it always cold there?"
"Do you use dogsleds to get around?"
"Have you seen the movie Fargo?"
It's enjoyable... not that I love my thick pronunciation of words, but rather the immediate association with a state that makes me proud.
Before leaving Minnesota on this adventure last August, Nate and I soaked in some of our favorite places. It wasn't the last time I planned to enjoy those businesses, parks, and pubs, but more-so a tribute to my own backyard.
It bodes well for Minnesota that even as we see the rest of the country, I think so fondly of the people and places back home. Along with our loved ones, here is my short list of Minnesota favorites. Being off-the-top-of-my head, I'm sure I've missed many wonderful places.
Hey fellow Minnesotans! What would you put on the top of your list?
If you are reading this and haven't been to Minnesota yet, please visit! There is so much more than what is listed and I'd love to help connect you to what might become your favorite part of the Land of 10,000 Lakes!