Waiting for spring

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Waiting for spring 4749_Staats With moderating temperatures, we headed out for some snowshoeing last night.  North of the Cities is a small Isanti County Park called Wayside Prairie County Park.  We pulled into the parking lot an hour or so before sunset with the hopes of exploring this small park.  We traipsed across the frozen lake, following snowmobile tracks, to the southern shoreline.  This lovely little cabin was perched on the hillside, overlooking the frozen lake to the west.  With its tiki torches still attached to the dock supports and the yellow lawn chair overturned at the end of the dock, it looked like the party had ended right before the start of winter.  As we gazed at the sunset reflection in the window of the cabin, it was fun to dream of what this little lake is like in the middle of a warm summer, after the spring melt.  We toasted the summer to come, then…

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The Boundary Waters: Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

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One of the best things about canoe camping as opposed to backpacking is the ability to get away from it all in relative style. When backpacking, you hike with everything strapped to your back, so every single ounce counts—you don’t want to carry anything more than you absolutely have to. But when you can float your gear in a canoe for the majority of the time, you would be amazed at all the cool things you can take to make your backcountry camp feel just like you are living in the lap of luxury.

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Minnehaha Falls. Minneapolis, MN

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The Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Inside one of Minnesota’s most beautiful outdoor winter attractions, the Minnehaha Falls, in Minneapolis.

Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The inside of the Falls is one of the coolest places I have seen in Minnesota, especially in the winter. Icy floors and walls enclose an organically formed blue-lit room; although it’s a little scary making your way down the side of the rocks and going inside, venturing within is like being in your own personal little ice castle.

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The Cost of 2014 Winter

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Winter in Minnesota Winter in Minnesota In Minnesota, it is traditional to not think about the winter until around Halloween. You’ve enjoyed a great spring with luscious and well manicured green grasses everywhere you go, from the big cities, to small towns and even farm houses in the countryside. Spring is irresistible in Minnesota. Having grown up in a farming family, I have always loved the soft rain showers of spring.

The summer has its own beautiful allures. We all enjoy the jollity of grilling our corn and brats. Summer brings friends and neighbors together. Couples can even have their own night outs with the grills on the porch. After summer comes the fall. Fall reveals beautiful foliages cascading almost every community. Labor Day almost always tells us summer has ended. We file to the State Fair Grounds in St Paul in throngs, the last day of a 10-Day jamboree! And the day…

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