October 16, 2017

Mississippi River in Minneapolis, MN

I've been lucky enough to see the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri and New Orelans, Louisiana.  This time I was amazed yet again by the river in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This time I was able to see one of the locks and falls on the river.
..an engineer marvel!

You can see the river swiftly running between Minneapolis and St. Paul on the left
and the locks on the right.  
River taming isn't for the meek!

Keeping the water where it should be and keeping the
 boats/barges going up or down river is a full time job!

The Stone Arch bridge in the background is a great place to walk across
the Mississippi and see the locks from all sides.  

This isn't the usual picture when you imagine what the Mississippi looks like.
There's always a surprise around every bend in life!
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October 13, 2017

Mall of America; Minnesota

Mall of America
We were headed West from Pennsylvania; and was relatively close to
Minneapolis, so of course we had to check out the shopping.
At one time this would've been a destination I craved, but I'm growing
to enjoy the minimalist approach to life and want experiences instead 
of stuff.  If you were looking for something, it'll definitely be here though.
My thoughts kept coming up with 'overwhelming'.

The Ninja Turtles shop here too!

Columbus even made it this far west!
I was wondering if this globe was made prior to his discoveries or as a result of them....

A knight in shining Lego armor was on the prowl to finish his Christmas shopping!

When a lego transformer interrupts your pathway, you step aside and 
give him the right a way.

I think this is the scene that had me feeling overwhelmed.
Too much going on. 
Too busy.
Too loud.
BUT- there's many that would find this an excellent spot for the whole
family to spend a day or two or three!

October 9, 2017

Mid West Highway Barns

Passing the time when headed west:
Read a little, read a little more, get a drink, yell at the other vehicles on the road, 
steal a nap, look at the GPS, but wait... snap barn pictures!
Driving through Wisconsin and Minnesota I had ample opportunities to get a few barn
pictures.  I missed a few, but got to capture lots!

Barns with silos get my attention first.  

Add a little flair to your barn with a quilt painting and that'll surely get noticed!

After experiencing some mid west storms I can only imagine how some silos lost their tops!
Most of the barns have lost their paint too!

The barn in the middle of nowhere with no residence and no silo.
What's the story?  Did something happen to the house?  Did the silo blow away?
 Is this one of many barns on the property?
There's another trip game ~~ make up stories about the things you encounter!
What's your favorite thing to do when you're a passenger on a long trip?
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October 6, 2017

Throughout the day the lights and reflections are in constant motion that no two seconds
are the same.  The lighthouse just off Mackinac Island offers continual opportunities
while all these changes take place to get some great photos!

A late in the day shot.

September 24, 2017

Mackinac Island ~ Fun Finds

Across from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island you'll find Superman's changing room!

High above the Grand Hotel in the Cupola you'll find this charming 
glass chandelier.  In addition to the chandelier, you'll be 
taken away with the view out the window across Lake Huron!

The Cupola at the Grand Hotel.
Find your way to the top for a drink and a view!

Along the main road into downtown from the hotel find the turtle hitching a ride!

In the Spring find the tulips that leave your eyes filled with unbelievable color!

September 18, 2017

Churches on Mackinac Island

*not a comprehensive list of Churches...
Appropriately named 'Little Stone Church'
So quaint!
I couldn't stop saying "so quaint" "so quaint" everywhere I turned on the island!

Ste Anne de Michilimackinac Catholic Church
Quite a mouthful, but it's beautiful!

The simplicity keeps you grounded

A special spot outside to reflect.

The history mission Church.

Although this isn't a Church, I included it here.
It's the police station and town hall.
Maybe a few can have their Church moment here when they come
to grips with why they ended up here?

This is my kind of Church!
A place to sit and talk to God and be engulfed in his glory all around!

Another perspective for this shot kinda made me sad.  Why it nobody
taking advantage of this spectacular spot?
Given most people take the ferry over to the island for the day we all are trying 
to see as much as we can before the last ferry leaves.  
I must go back, sit, relax, and maybe spend the night and return here for sunset  and 
for sunrise the next morning!
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August 28, 2017

Mackinac Island Grand Hotel

In all it's glory
  The Mackinac Island Grand Hotel
Approaching the island your eyes are immediately drawn to the hotel.

Build in 1887 they proudly pronounce they have the longest porch in the world.

Grand is an appropriate word to describe the hotel.
Not a guest?
For $10 you can walk through the hotel both inside and out, and maybe even have lunch!

The cafe is also open for some lighter faire.

The views!
Did I mention the views!!
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August 21, 2017

Mackinac Island Horses

Since Mackinac Island has no vehicles, horses are now of the primary means of 
transportation besides bicycles.

They all seem to be well cared for.
When the Summer heat gets too hot, they are given more breaks and less rounds for the day.

Some carriages only require one horse, or two horses.
These people movers though required three horses!
You could slowly navigate the island and listen to the history stories.

They all seem to be laid back.

Even the Grand Hotel's topiary was in the horse and buggy island theme!

If you're lucky enough to spend a night at the Grand Hotel this is your taxi from the port
up to the hotel and back again.
Pretty classy!

Besides walking and biking getting around with these lovely horses make for a 
charming time!
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