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2018 Minnesota Bucket List

Dear Diary,
2018 will mark our 7th year as Minnesota residents, and I hope to see more of what this state has to offer. Though each winter I question why I live where the air hurts my face, the gorgeous summer months certainly relieve the sting.

Last year I started exploring a few of the sites around the Twin Cities (linked below) and am feeling inspired to add to my experiences.

1. Collect agates along the shore of Lake Superior at Good Harbor Bay.

2. Stay in Cabin 26 at the Burntside Lodge in Ely.

3. Attend the MN State Fair, boasted as one of the best in America.
(We will miss the 2018 Fair, as we will be traveling to/around Sweden.)

4. Photograph the "Gold Medal Flour" sign from the Guthrie Theater's Endless Bridge at sunset.

5. Finally witness (and hopefully photograph) the Northern Lights.

6. Tour the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul - I've read that ghost tours are popular in October since the caves have ties to the mobsters of the 20s.

7. Support the Minnesota-based businesses like Faribault Woolen Mill (I have my eye on a handmade blanket) and of course, Minnetonka Moccasins.

8. Take my kids on an expedition to Northfield, a city close to our house with ties to Jesse James and the demise of his crime spree. Blog post, here.

9. Let my taste buds decide which restaurant serves up the best Jucy Lucy. The 3 contenders (based solely on personal choice) are Matt's, 5-8 Club and Buffalo Tap.

10. Take part in the activities surrounding Super Bowl 52 in February, hosted at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Blog post, here.

11. Hike Minnehaha and take (more) pictures of the Falls, especially when they're frozen. (Here)

12. Walk across the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, MN.

13. Finally tour the Winehaven Winery in Chisago, where my favorite cranberry wine is made.

14. Visit/Tour the Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park to learn about the Washburn A Mill explosion in the 1870s that devastated the milling industry here.

15. Walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, and witness St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi.

16. Shop at the Junk Bonanza flea market, and Minneapolis' Farmer's Market.

17. Secure tickets to see the Minnesota Wild and Timberwolves play.

18. Visit the Walker Art Museum and walk through the Sculpture Garden.

Other, long-term MN-focused goals:
-I've heard that once you're scuba-certified, you can gain access and permission to dive with the sharks at the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America!
-Run the Twin Cities Marathon
-The Guthrie Theater offers acting classes ...


  1. I love that you have a list to explore. I want To see and do more in our city so maybe I need A checklist. Such a good idea!

    1. Thank you! This blog has inspired me to get out there and document life. If you create a list, let me know so I can see!