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Hat's off to the wheelers at the Twin Cities Marathon!

Date: October 1, 2017
Thousands of people ran in this year's Twin Cities In Motion Marathon, aided by volunteers, law enforcement and medical personnel. Here's a Hat's Off salute to the wheelers!  We spoke with some of them including Matthew Porterfield, Chad Johnson, Tyler Byers and Hannah Babalola.  (There were 9 wheelers in this year's marathon).

Minnesota 9/11 Tribute

Remembering September 11 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell

Visited date: September 11, 2017
Location: 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN

There is a beautiful 9/11 ceremony and concert every year at the Lake Harriet bandshell. The planning is by the Minnesota 9/11 Tribute. The highlight is the military marching and flags.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Sea caves, island retreats, lighthouses on beautiful Lake Superior

Visited date: August 26, 2017
Location: 415 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI

Hats Off, America, to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore! We visited the lakeshore on Saturday, August 26 and spoke with Park Ranger Tam Hofman at the Visitor Center. Then we went on a tour of the islands on Apostle Islands Cruises with Captain Dave Wilkins. Thank you, Tam Hofman and Chris Smith, for your hospitality at the Visitor Center. The caves and lighthouses are amazing!

Eclipse 2017 in Cameron, MO

Hat's off to Frank Eisenbraun and Cameron, Missouri

Visited date: August 21, 2017
Location: McCorkle Park, West 3rd Street, Cameron, MO

For the eclipse we headed down Interstate 35 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul to the closest place in the path of totality Cameron, Missouri! Once there, we joined a group in McCorkle Park to share the eclipse experience.

We met Frank and Jenny Eisenbraun, who had brought a telescope for viewing the experience. As shown in the video, Frank taught us all about what to expect during the eclipse, and allowed the nearby kids to look through his telescope. While we had a lot of cloud cover, we enjoyed each viewing of the eclipse when there was a break in the clouds. The clouds over the sun and moon made for some truly interesting videos of the experience. Hats off to Frank for so generously sharing of his time and expertise!

After the eclipse, there was the expected line of cars waiting to get out of town and back home. Cameron, Missouri was so kind as to have staff there directing traffic. It is a kind gesture for their town to plan for us and help us all that way. We had a great day in a really nice little city. Thank you, Cameron!


Hats off to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore!

An American treasure adjacent to major cities

Visited date: August 14, 2017
Location: 1215 State Highway 49, Porter, IN

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a national treasure within an hour of the Chicago metropolitan area. We visited with Bruce Rowe, Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer. Because of its accessibility to urban areas, schools can bring children on field trips providing, in many cases, a first forest experience for inner city kids.

There are several beautiful beaches, and our favorite is the beach at Mount Baldy, the highest dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The beach has a gorgeous view of a gigantic sand dune and spectacular Lake Michigan! To access the beach at this prime location, follow a trail to the left of Mount Baldy. It is easy for adults to climb this moderate trail, but would be a challenge carrying children and beach equipment. Enjoy your visit to Indiana Dunes!

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The Twin Cities Marathon Wheelers

The Twin Cities Marathon Wheelers

Hat’s off to the wheelers at the Twin Cities Marathon! Date: October 1, 2017 Thousands of people ran in this year’s Twin Cities In Motion Marathon, aided by volunteers, law enforcement and medical personnel. Here’s a Hat’s Off salute to the wheelers!  We spoke with some of them including Matthew […]

September 11 Tribute at Lake Harriet

Remembering September 11 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell Visited date: September 11, 2017 Location: 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN There is a beautiful 9/11 ceremony and concert every year at the Lake Harriet bandshell. The planning is by the Minnesota 9/11 Tribute. The highlight is the military marching […]

Apostle Island National Lakeshore

Apostle Island National Lakeshore

Sea caves, island retreats, lighthouses on beautiful Lake Superior Visited date: August 26, 2017 Location: 415 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI Hats Off, America, to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore! We visited the lakeshore on Saturday, August 26 and spoke with Park Ranger Tam Hofman at the Visitor Center. Then we went […]

Eclipse 2017 in Cameron, Missouri

Eclipse 2017 in Cameron, Missouri

Hat’s off to Frank Eisenbraun and Cameron, Missouri Visited date: August 21, 2017 Location: McCorkle Park, West 3rd Street, Cameron, MO For the eclipse we headed down Interstate 35 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul to the closest place in the path of totality Cameron, Missouri! Once there, we joined a group […]

Hats Off to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore!

Hats Off to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore!

An American treasure adjacent to major cities Visited date: August 14, 2017 Location: 1215 State Highway 49, Porter, IN The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a national treasure within an hour of the Chicago metropolitan area. We visited with Bruce Rowe, Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer. Because of […]