We begin this blog with the state where we met and where Matt grew up:
We both have a soft spot for this place and its beauty, especially in the summer. (Sorry, people, nobody misses -35 wind chills.)
As for breweries and tracks, we’ve done a TON in Minnesota, so it’s hard to pick our favorites.
So, onto the good part: We’ve hiked ALL OVER Minnesota together, including 14 state parks. So we decided to highlight our top 3 favorite hikes, in no particular order.
1. Minneopa State Park
This is a good representation of Minnesota’s winter beauty. We went to Minneopa State Park in February of 2016 and were not disappointed. There isn’t a ton of hiking involved, but if you can still feel your face when you get to the main event, that’s a win in my book.
There are also wild buffalo at this park, but they weren’t out when we visited. I was bummed.
2. Interstate State Park.
This is one of my favorites because it was the first “long” road trip we ever took together, and there are a ton of very different landscapes to explore. You go from the woods, to a stream, across the highway, to the St. Croix River — where you’ll find overlooks and colorful glacial deposits and lava flows.
Plus, I convinced Matt to veer off the trail with me, we ended up totally LOST on someone’s private property (during hunting season), I lost my phone in a pile of leaves, and then I stepped in a half-frozen stream and had a soaking wet foot for the rest of the day. Afterward, we stopped at a sculpture garden AND I convinced him to take a picture by a giant mouse with cheese.
3. The North Shore
This is kind of cheating because it’s more than one hike, but it’s WORTH IT I PROMISE. Right before we left, we took a 2-day Northern Minnesota waterfall tour. We made a grand list of the biggest and best waterfalls on the shores of Lake Superior, and hiked 30 miles of our gorgeous state.
Lastly, a Minnesota GEM – Williams Arena! Somehow it took 32 years to get here, but Devin pulled some strings and made some agreements to get great seats to a Gopher basketball game. The Gophers were terrible that year, but it was ok since I spent half the game in awe of the Barn!
Thanks for reading about our latest adventure!!
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-Devin and Matt