Minnesota Love

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I never really realized how active people in Minnesota were until today. People are EVERYWHERE enjoying the weather. I mean, I knew that the state is consistently considered one of the healthiest and most active (even in the winter), but I guess I never payed much attention. I also have seen a lot of people outside, especially since spring, but didn't think much of it.

I live next to a bike/walking trail in a small town in West Central Minnesota. In fact, most of us do, because it pretty much extends throughout the entire town of 20,000 +. People are always outside, whether it be hiking, biking, running; the trails, even around here, are well used. No matter where you are, you 're going to meet up with someone.

I realize, as a Minnesotan, I might be a little more fortunate than others when it comes to this issue. A lot of people don't have the trails to safely walk or bike. I know when issues like this come up politically, there are always people that don't want their tax dollars wasted. But it seems like the state and particularly this city made a great investment, because the trails are certainly being taken advantage of.

I know in the TC, people bike all year round, even in the winter. The trail system here is good, but there, it is amazing. I personally love to snow shoe and cross country ski. There is something to do all year round.

So this blog is for my love of Minnesota and a thanks to the decision makers for giving citizens areas to be active and safe from the traffic. I can get on the walking path, and other than getting chased by the geese (I promise I try to stay as far away from them as possible), I can enjoy the scenery that Minnesota has to offer. I mean, sometime in February I'm usually ready to move, but the most part, I know I am pretty fortunate to be living here.

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