The Mississippi Riverfront is a mix of the old and new. The ...
I love Grand Marais, Minnesota. For one thing, it’s the start of ...
We drove into the Split Rock state park, but for some reason ...
After spending the last few months in unseasonably warm weather in Iowa ...
A bit of nostalgia here. Kris and I are visiting the very ...
The Mississippi Riverfront is a mix of the old and new. The Guthrie Theater, From which this photo was shot, and multiple new housing developments, are stuck between historic edifices such as the General Mills grain elevators, old factories and mills, the Stone Arch Bridge, and river locks built in the 19th Century which are […]
After six years, I’ve settled on the four types of shoes that suit me best on the road. My relationship with shoes was defined early on. My mother regularly reminded my sister and me not to skimp on shoes; cheap shoes would hurt and not last, she warned us.
We’ve already posted some pretty pictures from the North Shore. But for anyone within striking distance–and that includes folks from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Ontario–it’s worth remembering how easy it is to take a mini-vacation along Lake Superior’s northern shore in Minnesota. Our April visit was a last minute decision. We were at an impasse […]
I love Grand Marais, Minnesota. For one thing, it’s the start of the Gunflint Trail, which leads up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Wilderness. Second, it is the home of one of my new favorite brew pubs, the Gunflint Tavern. And the third is that it’s just downright pretty. Like this view from […]
We drove into the Split Rock state park, but for some reason didn’t visit the lighthouse itself. We did read the plaque, though, and learned it had been built in 1910, after a storm in November 1905 in the area had wrecked five ships on the nearby rocks. Not the same winds of November that […]
I’m of two minds when it comes to cars. Ok, maybe three. 1) It’s awful hard to get around the United States without a car–at least anywhere outside of New York City. There’s a lot of big, beautiful country to see in the United States, and there’s only one way to do it. Since we […]
After spending the last few months in unseasonably warm weather in Iowa and Minnesota, it was a bit of a surprise to drive four hours north of the Twin Cities and see that there is still snow, and that the lakes are still frozen–albeit quite slushy. There were signs on the door of Gunflint Lodge […]
A bit of nostalgia here. Kris and I are visiting the very lodge on the North Shore of Lake Superior where we spent our honeymoon almost 30 years ago. I shot a photo very similar to this one then, although I think the colors were a bit more vibrant because last time we were here […]
It’s no accident that the so-called great Western religions grew out of the desert. Because the desert affects the brain. If you’re out there too long, you begin to see things. And believe things. Things that come out of the nothingness of the desert and become real. Or at least real enough to make someone […]
Here’s the thing about the desert: it really wasn’t meant for people to live in. That’s why the few people who do live there do so by their own determination. This determination takes two forms. The first one is to live apart from other people, or to live with only like-minded people, who also want […]