Entries tagged with “Back Home in the Heartland”.

On a visit to the midwest, AM spent a food- and fun-filled day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, aka the Minnesota State Fair.


Now, depending on who you ask, the fair holds different highlights for different people. But everyone can agree that one of the main reasons to go is the fair food. This is, after all, the (perhaps contested) birthplace of everything fried on a stick that you’ve ever imagined, plus a whole slew of things you never imagined could be battered, cooked up in hot oil, and eaten on a stick.


While visiting Minneapolis, we took a little driving adventure around Lake Pepin, sampling chocolate and small town charm as we went.

Now, Lake Pepin isn’t really a lake. Actually, it’s just a section of the Mississippi River. The “lake” was formed by the delta of the Chippewa River as it enters the Mississippi. The Chippewa flows faster than the Mississippi, which is unable to carry away the sediment that the Chippewa deposits as it joins the larger river. The sediment builds up and forms a sort of natural dam, causing the Mississippi to widen above it.

Through this stretch, the Mississippi forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin.


The hiking book: None needed. This is a pretty highly-trafficked urban walking path.
The distance: 6 miles
The CityGirls rating: 6

We were back in our old stomping grounds this weekend with a walk around Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.

We used to live not too far from these lakes, and they were our go-to destination for getting some fresh air and a bit of nature. Our favorite running route was to circumnavigate Lake of the Isles, and Lake Calhoun was always a good choice for a lunchtime walk.