Minnesota In Photos.
There are a lot of things about Minnesota that are impressive, and perhaps the most abundant is the natural beauty that surrounds us everywhere we go. From the Sawtooth Mountain range North of Duluth, to the prairies down in SW Minnesota, there is something for everyone here. Deer are a common sight, as well as raccoon, fox, coyote, birds of all shapes and size, insects galore, and even the occasional Moose, if you're far enough North.
While the Winters in Minnesota can get downright cold, there are always fun things to do. In The Twin Cities, one can go to a variety of concerts at The Cabooze, or The Triple Rock. The Northland offers such fun activities as Cross-Country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing. Lutsen and Powder Ridge are just a couple of the amazing downhill ski venues in Minnesota.
Remember while driving- Brake early, and brake often! :)
Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. Our lakes are possibly our most prized asset, and the fishing is second to none. One can hardly drive more than ten miles in any direction on any road without coming into contact with at least some sort of body of water. The uses are endless, from swimming, to fishing, to boating, to hydroelectricity- Water (and the tourism which accompanies it) truly does fuel this state.
Sea of Fall.
Red Sky at Morning.
The Clouds and Sky...
One of the most noticeable things about the Minnesota Northwoods is the sky. It always seems to be changing, for the better or worse. The sunrises are always breathtaking, and the sunsets never disappoint. The purples, pinks, blues, oranges- they're all there, in stunning beauty. The skies are always incredibly clear in Minnesota, too- It's a real treat to catch a good meteor shower under a blanket with a good drink (and some bug spray!)
A Perfect Sunrise.
Down south from the Northwoods lie The Twin Cities. There are basically three parts of Minnesota. The North, The Cities, and The SW part of the state. The Cities, though, is the main and central hub of culture and music in Minnesota, with Duluth trailing not too far behind, and perhaps Mankato dangling in third. The Cabooze, on Minneapolis' West Bank, hosts some of the best music in the Midwest, from the Speed Bluegrass of Useful Jenkins, to the soothing funk of Roster McCabe, and evening including the rousing beats of Dead Larry, The Minnesota Music scene is nothing to be trifled with. Other amazing parts of the Twin Cities culture include a massively talented Firespinning community, with professional troupes and groups of performers including the Minneapolis Fire Collective and Insphyre Fire Performance. A few of these lucky individuals even make the trip to Burning Man each year!
Useful Jenkins- Waitin' to Die at Project Earth 2011
In Minnesota, as I said before, we are completely and ridiculously blessed with having an amazing collection of talented bands in the area. In the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the funkiest cats in the land are PB & The Jam. They are complemented by the reggae/electronic gurus Jon Wayne and the Pain, who in turn get down with the soulful Roster McCabe. To see any and all of these bands sharing the stage in one night is not uncommon. A few more notable mentions would be the swinging island sound of i like you., and from Mankato, The band in the video to the right, the amazing Useful Jenkins. I'm gonna toss 'em out there, 'cause they deserve it- from Iowa City, IA, we have Dead Larry- who will soon be Minnesotans, are already are in our minds. :) Hosting multiple music festivals per year, and playing their hearts out to all of us, one would be absent-minded to forget Wookiefoot, as well. Thanks for everything, Wookiefoot and Mark Murphy!