I Hope You Still Feel Small When You Stand Beside the Ocean

Well I saw some of the most beautiful views of Lake Superior from the top of a ski hill!  They were so pretty that I had to share them with the world.

These are from the Lutsen Ski Resort in Minnesota

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Now if standing there looking down what is as close to a mountain as I have ever been atop, I felt TEENSY TINY and was reminded of the song “I hope you dance”  Maybe because every time I take my socks off I think of it, too so it’s on my mind a lot (“I hope you dance” is tattooed on my foot).  Just thought I’d throw that out there so that now everyone has an AWESOME song stuck in their head!!

I just wanted to share those pictures so that anyone who doesn’t live in minnesota has the urge to come now, and everyone who does can take a minute to appreciate out frozen hell of a tundra- it was 10 below when we first hit the slopes yesterday!!

And to remind everyone that life is beautiful- I mean, look at those, who wouldn’t wanna stare at that while you ski down a black diamond, and that LIFE IS GOOD!  That one’s important, don’t forget it!

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So I don’t know how many of you reside in the state I call home or hae even been here, but I think it is time I talked about home. I realize that I have spent the better part of my 18 years hating it because of our crappy winters, and only as I moved away from home did I learn to (sort of) appreciate it. So here are the top ten reasons why I like minnesota.
1) My family is here. As I moved away from home I realized how much I love my family and I understood why my parents put up with shoveling, snow tires and crappy roads for nine months out of the year. Because they are surrounded with the people they love. That sure makes leaving hard.
2) Cabins! I happen to have the BEST cabin in all of Minnesota (even though it is actually in WI- but my family has the best cabin out of all minnesotan’s cabins) It is past this small town called Cushing, WI and some of my most fond memories are at the cabin. It is one of my favorite places in the world.
3) Minnesota Nice. It probably sounds cliche but people are actually pretty nice up here. Sometime people from other places just blow me away with their rude-ness.
4) The warm summers. Even though the winters are crappy, summers are generally great!
5) THE GOPHERS! The best college sports teams EVER!
6) The Twins! They aren’t the best this year, but they have a few world series’ under their belts, so don’t count them out!
7) It’s PRETTY!! Especially Duluth!
8)Downtown Minneapolis!! It’s FUN and there’s tons of stuff to do!
9) You can chop down your own christmas tree! not that I have ever done this, but my friends who live in the boondocks all have!
10) It’s Minnesota. Need I say more??

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