While promoting tourism to his home state, Josh Duhamel and his 2-year-old son Axl are seen bonding in North Dakota.
“We had the best time trekking it,” the Transformers actor, 43, tells Travel and Leisure of his childhood. “My parents divorced when I was a fourth-grader, and we lived out in the country, about ten miles out of town.”
He adds: “All I did every day was catch fish, frogs, crayfish—whatever we could find, we’d catch. We were out there searching like Huck Finn. I developed this love for the outdoors, and my youth was all about that. Then we moved into town, to Minot. I wouldn’t give it up for anything—it was a great place to grow up.”
The Safe Haven star and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer Fergie, love taking their tot to North Dakota.
“It depends; we usually go for one of the holidays, Easter or Thanksgiving, and then go back for something else, usually in the summer,” he shares. “Usually I’ll take my son and wife to Lake Metigoshe, because my sister has a cabin there, so everybody goes to visit.”
And it’s all about bonding with family whenever they go home.
“I want to make sure he knows his cousins, because a lot of them live there, and he loves them,” Duhamel says of his son. “He loves going to hang out with them, so it’s important I keep doing that, because I want him to have that root.”