Explore Your State!


I have been amazed on this journey so far by how many people haven’t been to some of the main attractions in their own state! I was 2 hours north of Yosemite and spoke to a guy who said he would love to go there someday and was jealous that we would probably get to go. He had grown up there his whole life, but had never been there.

California is a big state, but we find a lot of people who have not been to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, or to the main national parks in the state. This state holds so much beauty and so much to do, yet it seems like everyone is racing by us all day, and not getting to enjoy all of the beauty this state holds. Everyone is in a hurry here and we have been passed, honked at, ignored, or sworn at for walking a normal pace in a store, or for driving the speed limit more than a few times! California…we realize how beautiful your state is, and I know some of you still do too!

Then again, I have never been to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is less than 2 hours away from where we live. Granted, we weren’t big explorers before this because we were just too busy ourselves, and it is not nearly as epic as Yosemite or Yellowstone, but it is a national park, nonetheless, with lots to be explored.

Often we have our sights set so far in advance, or so far away that we over look what is right in front of our noses, or in our own backyard. We don’t take time to stop and smell the roses. So, while I still look forward to going to Yosemite someday, I am also looking forward to exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park, right there in our own “backyard”.


4 thoughts on “Explore Your State!

  1. It’s so easy to leave traveling locally “until another day” that never comes. Hopefully you’ll get to explore Cuyahoga Valley National Park soon 🙂


  2. Probably true of Colorado too–you’d be amazed how many people see the mountains every day from the Denver metro area and never go beyond the continental divide. My wife grew up in Colorado and has never been to Mesa Verde, Black Canyon, Great Sand Dunes, the Durango & Silverton train, Aspen, Vail, Telluride, etc, all within a half a day’s drive. Growing up in Texas, my family visited all of those places on vacation. Six years ago, we moved back to Colorado after living in Missouri and Oklahoma for many years, but we still haven’t made it to any of those places. We did take an epic road trip to the Grand Canyon, Universal Studios & Hollywood, Ventura Beach, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion though. Like you said, when we’re on vacation we tend to set our sights far away, but the rest of the time we’re too busy to explore closer to home. We do get up to the mountains for a day once a month or so, but we need to take some long weekends and venture farther away to some of these places, not to mention neighboring states like Utah and Wyoming.

    If you haven’t already, you should follow https://regularguyadventures.wordpress.com/ He’s in Ohio and has posted about Cuyahoga and other places in the area.


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