Drawing A Crowd – Jolly Green Giant Museum

What's 50 feet tall, green, and can be found in Blue Earth, Minnesota? If you guessed the Jolly Green Giant, you were spot on. Towering high above the Green Giant Museum, this iconic figure casts a long shadow. He is so large that he wears size 78 shoes on his long green legs. Ever since the day he first rose above the prairie, he has been drawing a crowd. We have been familiar with the statue for decades, but only recently visited the Green Giant Museum. Here we learned the background on this unusual attraction. Before His Time The story of the giant [...]

By |2022-03-15T06:24:23-06:00March 15th, 2022|Midwest, Minnesota|4 Comments

Power Of Pie – Minnesota North Shores

It is widely believed that it was the Ancient Egyptians who invented pie. This early version was a crusty creation filled with honey. In the 5th Century BC, Greeks fashioned a pastry recipe, which would be tweaked by the Romans to become similar to today's version. Fast forward to the 1900s, and we find this sweet creation settling into the daily lives of the people of the North Shores. Let's face it, they have discovered the power of pie. Our short excursion offered us a chance to sample some of this delectable treasure, and we were not about to pass it by. Why [...]

By |2022-01-27T18:10:54-06:00February 4th, 2022|Midwest, Minnesota, North Shores|2 Comments

Fierce Gales – Split Rock Lighthouse

Standing on the North Shores of Minnesota, one finds themselves admiring the beauty of Lake Superior. The choppy waters hint at the hidden dangers that lie below the surface. Resting in the depths of those cold waters are roughly 350 ships. Many of these were victims of the fierce gales that sweep in during the late fall and winter months. The earliest recorded occurred in 1891, but it would be a late November 1905 storm that would show just how perilous the waters can be. With these tragedies impacting the movement of important materials, it would only be a matter of time before [...]

By |2021-12-25T16:44:40-06:00December 28th, 2021|Midwest, Minnesota, North Shores|4 Comments

Gateway To The North Shores – Gooseberry Falls

For the past four decades, we have been making excursions to Minnesota. A portion of Crystal's family, including her mom, live in what I lovingly refer to as the "frozen tundra". Many family trips landed us in the southern portion of the state. Our most recent visit had us exploring a new section when we traveled to the shores of Lake Superior. One of the "must-see" stops, on our itinerary, was a visit to Gooseberry Falls State Park. Serving as a gateway to the North Shores, this trio of falls has some interesting history. Visitors Center After spending the night in Duluth, we [...]

By |2021-11-05T14:02:08-06:00November 16th, 2021|Midwest, Minnesota, North Shores|2 Comments
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