Archive for the ‘Minnesota’ Category

Black bear, black bear

It turns out that shortly after we got back from Minnesota, our neighbor up north told my sister he had seen a black bear between our two cabins around that time. Then after we got home, I was going through some old issues of the Missouri Conservation magazine when I came across this article on Black Bears in Missouri.

The article is entitled “Make Way for Bearsby Francis Skalicky over at the Missouri Conservationist Magazine. Sounds like they’re getting around, which at least to me, is a good thing.

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Peace & quiet

Reading this article made me begin to appreciate a bit more our family vacations to northern Minnesota, both with the kids and before them. Not so much for what we saw but for what we didn’t hear. Actually just the peace and quiet of nature. One of those times where you appreciate what you don’t have.

The article is entitled “Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth“ by Meghan O’Rourke in the New York Times Style Magazine. Unfortunately, this link might not work unless you have a subscription to the New York Times, so just go to your local library for it. It came out in November of 2017. It’s definitely worth the read.

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Science project

Back in the day, my daughter did a science project on the rocks of Northern Minnesota. While I probably did more than my fair share of the project, in part because I collected many of the rocks over the course of many years, I’ve always been fascinated by rocks and geology.

So tonight’s article brought back that science project, in large part because the rocks found on this island, didn’t belong there. The article is entitled “‘Impossible’ Rocks Found on Remote Volcanic Island” by Stephanie Pappas at Live Science. Nothing like a good mystery.

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Winter of days gone by

So, looking back at this winter so far, I’m a bit reminded of winters from my childhood. The difference being that this year’s winter happened most years, minus perhaps the arctic vortex that we got last week.

So while we lived in Minnesota only for a couple of years when I wasn’t even in school yet and when we do visit these days, it’s in the summer time, this article reminded me of the Minnesota (and even Missouri) winters of my childhood.

The article is entitled “Minnesota winters ain’t what they used to be over at the Grist. Oh, for the winters of days gone by, when I was in school. Now if I just get work to take a snow day. Hmmm?

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Hibernation

I must admit, this article makes me hope we get some snow this winter. As a kid, I got the chance to experience snow in all its glory, from sledding down our neighborhood street to making a snowman or even a snow fort in our front yard.

When my kids were younger, I always tried to get them outside if it snowed. While we haven’t had a lot of snow over the years and don’t have a great big hill to sled down, we did have our driveway. I even have a few pictures to prove it. I’ve often thought I would love to spend a few days in the winter at our family cabin in Minnesota,

Anyway, the article is entitled “Don’t hibernate this winter” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. I can only imagine what it’s like up north, especially in Winnipeg, where we got the chance to go for a day while on our family vacation a couple of summers ago.

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Driftwood

So we made it back from Minnesota last week and while I didn’t finish my book The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard or in fact read any of, I did enjoy our time at the cabin and surrounding area.

In fact, one of things that I did do was take lots and lots of pictures with my new digital camera, mostly of sunsets but also the surrounding scenery. In fact, one of my favorite pictures involves both the sunset and driftwood.

So imagine my surprise when I came across the article entitled “The Surprising Beauty and Benefits of Driftwood” by Russell McLendon over at the Mother Nature Network. I actually read it today on my way and from work.

That said I will now return to the previously mentioned book but not before sharing that inspirational picture (at least to me):

DriftwoodSunset

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What’s under our feet

So the book I’m reading right now is entitled The Ground Beneath Us, the second book I’ve read by Paul Bogard and ironically it’s around the same time of year as when I read his first one. When we’re getting ready to go on vacation to our cabin in Minnesota, which it turns out is where he’s from.

When I read his first book, entitled The End of Night, it really rang a bell because our cabin is about three and half hours north of the twin cities which gives us the gift of very dark nights and lots of stars. Something I can never get around here in St. Louis.

While that connection isn’t there, I still find this book every bit as interesting, since I too  have often wondered what’s under out feet. As someone who was born in Iowa (one of the many states he covers in this book) and who in fact has relatives there, which we will be visiting, I will perhaps find myself a little more observant this time around while on their farm.

Anyway, I’m hoping to finish the book while we’re up in Minnesota, where I lived as well for a short time and can’t wait to visit again. For both the stars above and the ground below.

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