A day trip to Taylor Falls, Minnesota to explore the bluffs of Interstate State Park, fish the St. Croix River, and visit a deer farm in Wisconsin just across the river!
Finally got the chance to take my parents to go view the Fall colors up north around the North Shore area of Minnesota. Perfect weekend too as the colors seemed to be at it’s peak in the North Shore!
This past winter holiday season, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum put on a winter lights show called Winter in Bloom. The fresh fall of snow the day really helped up the experience!
Last stop on our way home was Gooseberry Falls State Park where the falls area is just a short hop and skip from the parking lot.
Stopped in Grand Marais to have lunch and a few brewskis at Voyageur Brewing Company and then out for a stroll out at Artists’ Point!
On our way back home, we made a few stops along the Minnesota North Shore. Devil’s Kettle Falls is located in the Judge C. R. Magney State Park and about an hour round-trip hike to the falls area from the parking lot. My car’s battery also crapped out on us during this stop too.
They weren’t kidding about it being spectacular. I didn’t count to see if there were over 5,000 jack-o-lanterns, but there enough of different sizes and designs to keep people of all ages entertained. This was the 2nd year they had this Jack-o-lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo and for my first time there, I was very impressed!
It was a beautiful, sunny day and I figured since I haven’t been to the Minnesota Zoo since moving to the Twin Cities that I would go spend part of the day there with the girlfriend!
After a long “4th of July” weekend, it all ended with a calm, relaxing Independence Day.
The last time I was at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, 2 of my friends who were with us that day were not married yet. That was around 2010 I think. It certainly has been awhile since then!