10. Ohio, revisited (This time… Athens!!)

Ohio was state number 10, but we always wanted to get back and visit my college town, Athens, together. I’m happy to say we made it back, if only for 24 hours on our way to Kentucky!

It was great showing Matt around OU — eating and drinking our way down Court Street. We visited with my sorority sister, Lindsay, and my awesome old bosses at Brenens. 

With a stop at Little Fish Brewing, and fighting the rain to wind through campus, I’d say it was a great day with my favorite person in my favorite city!

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18. North Dakota

This state number is a *tad* out of order. We visited North Dakota during a blustery summer day, while on vacation with Matt’s parents! When it’s too cold to go in the lake: take a little day trip instead!

We walked by the famous Art Deco-style Fargo Theater, popped into some antique stores, and had lunch at an awesome wood-fire pizza place called Blackbird.

 

We got a track and a brewery in, too. We made a great stop at Flatland Brewery, and Matt ran the track at North Dakota State!

 

Even though it was really windy and didn’t at all feel like early August, it was fun to *finally* make it to Minnesota’s northwest neighbor.

 

 

 

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10. Ohio

 

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I went to school in Ohio, so I’ve got a bunch of friends there! Matt and I spend a day in Cleveland around Christmastime to visit them and walk around. I took him to the Arcade to look around, and we toured around downtown and Playhouse Square with two of my great friends from college (Emily and Tana) and their boyfriends Mitch and Nick!

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We haven’t done any hiking in Ohio yet, but that will come this spring. There are lots of places on my to-do list and I want to bring Matt to Athens!

 

 

 

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2. Wisconsin

 

Wisconsin is right next door to Minnesota, so it makes sense we’ve been there together!

We’ve gone on several hikes, but realized we haven’t done a track OR a brewery behind the Cheddar Curtain! (HA!) One day we’ll make it back there.

img_1612Our favorite hike in Wisco has to be Perrot State Park in Trempeleau in the fall. We had only started dating a few months before, and Matt is very fit, so I was convinced on every hike I COULDN’T be a big heaving out-of-breath baby… until we went here. It was a 500 foot climb that absolutely KILLED ME. I was rolling around in leaves on the ground and it was really embarrassing.

Somehow he stuck around.

IMG_3083.jpgBy the way, La Crosse knows what’s up when it comes to Christmas lights! We stopped by the Rotary Lights last Christmas and were absolutely amazed.

In the words of Matt, “It’s embarrassing we don’t have at track or a brewery.” We’ll work on that.

 

 

 

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1. Minnesota

We begin this blog with the state where we met and where Matt grew up:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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50 First States: An Introduction

Welcome to our blog!

IMG_5466.jpg We are Devin and Matt: a Pittsburgh transplant and a displaced Minnesotan, respectively. Right now, we live on the East Coast and together, we love four things:

  1. Tracks
  2. Breweries
  3. Hiking
  4. Exploring new cities

Matt, a recovering track star, started a goal of running every track in the state of Minnesota right around the time we met. He made it to 233 before we moved.

Conveniently, before I met Matt, I was on a mission to visit every brewery I could! (Much less healthy, arguably more fun). I made it to 21 unique breweries in Minnesota.

Now that we’re together and living in a more travel-friendly area of the U.S., we’ve decided to visit all 50 states together.

There’s one catch: we are CHEAP people.  

Follow our adventures as we seek the best hikes and the best tastes in every state — on a serious budget!