It’s always a pleasure to discover hidden gems in our own backyard. The world around us is an amazing place, and it’s up to us to take the time to look. I’ve been able to do that a few times during this rapidly-dissipating summer, and I’d challenge you to do the same thing. Any memorable photos you may see, get that way only because someone has taken the time to capture them. Hope you enjoy these.
Alexander Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls is a true hidden gem in southwestern Minnesota. Follow the trails and see all the natural wonders and beautiful scenery tucked within its borders, including Ramsey Falls. In fact, you can enjoy this same view from a lofty scenic overlook along one of the many paved walking trails that wind through the park. Spend the day and discover it!
From there, head a bit further south to visit southwestern Minnesota’s Jeffers Petroglyphs historical site. Carvings in the red rock date back thousands of years. The area contains one of the few remaining native prairies in Minnesota. It’s a quiet place; a sacred place, steeped in the history and culture of the Native American Lakota people. You will leave with a new appreciation for the land, our duties as caretakers, and our place in this grand tapestry that is the history of humanity.
Every now and then, we need to make the effort to step outside our routine and explore the side roads. Follow a few “detours to discovery” – make a trip or two this season, and safe travels!