Greetings From Detroit

I grew up in the Lehigh Valley PA, former home of Bethlehem Steel and Mack Trucks. When I was a kid, Allentown and Bethlehem were wealthy towns with good-paying industries. Then, all the good jobs fled to Mexico and China, everything closed down, and the whole area became an economic disaster area. “Allentown” was so … More Greetings From Detroit

Fort Snelling

The Dakota War of 1862 was a pivotal time in Minnesota’s history. Today, that history is commemorated at the Fort Snelling State Park. In 1805, US Army Lt Zebulon Pike was assigned to lead an expedition to explore the newly-acquired Louisiana Purchase, with specific orders to find suitable locations for new forts and trading posts. Although … More Fort Snelling

Minnehaha Regional Park

This large park is in the middle of Minneapolis, but runs along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. There are walking and biking paths, picnic areas, and a couple of historical spots, but the major attraction is Minnehaha Falls. Some photos from a day in the park.

Como Park

This is a very big and very nice park in St Paul MN. There’s a childrens zoo, a botanical conservatory, a large lake, and lots of walking trails and bike paths. It’s a great place to spend the day. Some photos.

SeaLife Aquarium

I’ve been to several SeaLife Aquariums around the country (Orlando, Kansas City, Charlotte NC), and always stop to visit when there’s one nearby. The SeaLife in Minneapolis is inside the Mall of America. Alas, that means there’s lots of little kids running around inside, but they usually clear out and go home for a nappie by … More SeaLife Aquarium