What’s in your backyard?

I was reading a story about an expatriate living in Spain. While reading, I realized somebody’s dream destination is somebody else’s backyard.

So, why do we feel the need to go far away?


Travel is a lifestyle. It makes us feel alive. Travel is an escape. We want to escape from the weather or our day-to-day life. We want to resource ourselves. We saw pictures of exotic places on Instagram that made us dream. But do we realize that these exotic places are somebody else’s backyard. Travelling does not have to be far away.

Webster defines travel as “going on a trip or a journey”.

There is a regional park 5 miles from my house that is becoming a short getaway from the city. A couple of years ago, the county built four Campers Cabins, and created this park. Today I went there to see what it was all about. I met a young couple that was getting out of one of the cabin after a romantic weekend. I approached them and asked why they decided to stay here. Their answer was simple. “It is really peaceful and relaxing just a short getaway from the city”.

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The park is “Whitetail Regional Park”. It is located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The park is managed through Dakota County. The Campers Cabins can sleep 6 to 8 people. There is a bunk bed and two pull out couch. In the winter the cabins have electric heat that keeps pretty warm inside. Just like camping, showers and running water is located in an out building just a few steps from the entrance of the cabins. Each cabins has a fire pit, and a picnic table outside. Cross-country skiing trails are right at the door. A trail pass is needed and can be bought at the band shelter down the road. Day pass is around $4.00 and a season pass is around $25.00. In the summer fishing, biking, and hiking trails are some of the main activities available.

Reservations for the cabins can be made through the Dakota County website. The cost is $70 for the night. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $8 per site per reservation. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Weekend reservations fill up fast. So be curious, look around, and enjoy what you have in your backyard, it may be a dream destination for somebody else.

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