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We LOVE going to Franconia Art Park. Only about an hour outside of the twin cities, located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, not far from Taylor’s Falls. Franconia Sculpture Park is a beautiful 43-acre outdoor sculpture park with active artist residency, and community arts programming. Open from dawn to dusk 365 days a […]

Go Explore – Franconia

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A favorite hike of ours is close to home and easily accessible by car or bike for us, PIKE ISLAND (Dakota name Wita Tanka). This is a hiking trail within FORT SNELLING STATE PARK. From the entrance of the park, follow the road to the Visitors Center. Once you park you will see trail maps […]

Go Explore -Pike Island

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When I was in elementary school we always went to Dodge Nature Center. Years later, I had totally forgotten about it until I happened to drive by it one day. It still took me another 8 years and a pandemic to finally go. I’m so glad I did! The first thing you’ll notice when you […]

Get outside – Dodge Nature Center

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It’s Spring Break in Mpls. With the Stay-At-Home restrictions in place our goals are to get out into nature as much as possible and find new places off the beaten path to explore. Once such place is the Hiawatha Golf Course in Mpls. When it’s not in use for golf in the summer you can […]

Get Outside -Lake Hiawatha Golf Course

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👻 My birthday is Oct 27th, so when I was a kid, my mom in all her wisdom used Halloween decorations for ALL of my  birthday parties until I was old enough to realize that kids had other themed birthday parties. By then I kinda liked having Halloween Decorations and my mom got away without […]

Happy Halloween!!!

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The house stood on top of a hill. All of the trees that used to protect it were taken down to make room for the bulldozers. The wind roared through the old windows and paper thin walls. Winter’s icy breath was announcing its return. It was a cold, harsh landscape that had turned into a […]

The Farm // Part 2

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Hard to believe it’s been almost 4 years since I took these photos. These photos were my way of saying goodbye to a place I spent most of my childhood summers running around barefoot with not a care in the world. I tried to see past the weathered sagging buildings and remember it’s beauty and […]

The Farm // Part 1

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