Our world is a vast treasure trove of amazing journeys and destinations. It is so easy to get caught up in the desire to travel far and wide (and if you can, you should!). But don’t let that desire to roam the world keep you from exploring the hidden gems in your own backyard, so to speak.
My husband and I moved to Washington from Northern California many years ago. I remember talking to new friends about our original home and realizing that while we certainly did many things, there were so many places we took for granted and never really explored. It’s easy to say to yourself, this place will always be here, so I need to get on a plane and go somewhere else. And going somewhere else is fantastic, and we should do it, because traveling can make us much more aware of what goes on in the world. But don’t forget the local places too. They can offer so much, especially when you just need a little lift and a week-long vacation in Bora Bora isn’t an option. And while they may always be there, you might not.
The following images were both taken at parks within a 20-minute drive from my house.