Ice Castles


Events, Parks & Geology

If you are looking for more outdoor winter activities……look no further than the Ice Castles in Stillwater! Opened on January 5th, the castle is located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront. Follow the glacial blue hues of the icicles and wind the crushed ice walk ways to find an incredible winter wonderland!The […]

January 10, 2018

Lake Minnetonka


Parks & Geology

The frozen sunrise is incredible when viewed over Minnesota’s ninth largest lake, Lake Minnetonka. With 125 miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a beautiful vantage point. This particular spot is Wayzata Bay off Lake Street in Wayzata looking towards Cedar Point.  

December 12, 2017

Chester Park


Parks & Geology

How quickly the weather can change here in Minnesota. This #mnbucketlist stop is a perfect example of that. It was only a few short weeks ago that I was hiking through Chester Park in Duluth. A park that straddles both sides of a wooded ravine that contains Chester Creek, one of the 28 streams that […]

November 12, 2017

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park 


Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

I was lucky enough to watch the sunrise in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park this morning.  The light peering through the tree line made the perfect brisk backdrop for all the whitetail.  Also known as Kathio Site, the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park preserves habitation sites and mound groups, believed to date between 3000 BC […]

November 9, 2017

Pheasant Hunting / Wounded Warriors Guide Service


Events, Parks & Geology

The 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include some pheasant hunting. Not a hunter or gun owner myself, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by experts and enthusiasts alike. I had never been hunting before, but grew up around the practice. Luckily, over the course of the […]

October 28, 2017

Camden State Park


Parks & Geology

The very first stop during the Pheasant Opener was one of my all-time favorite places in southwestern Minnesota, Camden State Park. Located just outside of Marshall in Lynd, MN, Camden State Park was established in 1935 and is a mixture of upland prairies, wetlands, and river hardwood trees. Full of maples, basswoods, oaks, and cottonwoods […]

October 19, 2017

Walleye Capital of the World 


Parks & Geology, Paul Bunyan

If you’ve ever driven through Garrison, you have a most certainly passed by the giant Walleye sculpture sitting in Garrison Concourse Wayside Park. It is located on the southeast edge of town, off the shore of Lake Mille Lacs, waving passersby with a warm “Welcome to Garrison!” The Minnesota state legislature designated the Walleye as […]

July 30, 2017

Bass Fishing on Mille Lacs


Parks & Geology

This past Saturday, I headed up to Isle to go fishing on Lake Mille Lacs with Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Vikings Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph and  Minnesota Fishing Page’s Brett and Amanda McComas. We set off in pursuit of bass as Mille Lacs was recently named the best bass fishing lake in the country by […]

July 11, 2017

Jetting the Mississippi and the St. Cloud Dam 


Parks & Geology

The #MNGFO2017 took place in St. Cloud this year and because the town straddles the Mississippi River, it only makes sense to spend some time on the water. Boating, sailing or even rowing the mighty Mississippi can be incredibly difficult because of the large boulders, down trees and obstacles hidden below the undercurrent.  The colossal […]

May 21, 2017

Park Point


Parks & Geology, Paul Bunyan

Most people don’t think of Duluth as a beach town. Home to Minnesota Point, also called Park Point, the longest freshwater sand bar in the world. From where I stand, although covered in ice, the beach is located at the western tip of Lake Superior. Created by silt and sand deposition from the Nemadji and […]

March 24, 2017

Veterans Evergreen Memorial Drive Scenic Byway


Parks & Geology

Minnesota State Highway 23 spans from southwestern to northeastern Minnesota and is the second longest state route in Minnesota, after MN 1. A welcome change of pace from I-35 for those who prefer to “go the long way” or “enjoy the ride”. I am one of those people. As I ventured north on 23, I passed […]

March 14, 2017

Headed to Duluth: Your Must-Sees 


Antiques, Bookstore, Buildings & Architecture, Casino, Cemeteries & Graveyards, Concerts & Venues, Events, Food & Drink, Historical & Museum, Music, Parks & Geology, Retail

Hi there, Jessica here! I am headed up to Duluth, Minnesota for the weekend to bucket list and would love to see if there are places you think I need to stop! What are your favorite things to do in Duluth? Tag some of your favorites and tell me what makes that restaurant, park, mural, […]

March 4, 2017

Sauk Lake


Parks & Geology

Any time an adventure ends, or comes to a close, it’s a little bittersweet. As though you are closing a chapter on a string of incredible, beautiful, sometimes irritating and often exhausting, moments that you can only relive through photographs. It is as such because, although you see the places I go through the bucket […]

July 2, 2016