Blogs from Minnesota, United States, North America - page 2


The rest of the staff (other camp counsellors like myself) arrived on Friday and it was nice to be at camp with other people who hadn't been here before either. I got put in a different cabin with five other girls which I really liked because I wasn't so lonely at night anymore. Staff training started that week and we played a big game of four cones which we play every Sunday night when campers arrive. We then had a campfire and sang songs and did some skits. Steve from Australia arrived today and it reminded me of home a lot! Staff training week involved a whole bunch of team building/bonding activities. It made us all get to know each other really quick which is nice and also important as the first round of campers arrive ... read more
Group photo after four cones
Another group photo
Another staff photo

I arrived in Minneapolis today and was greeted by Josh Cobb and Kelley at the airport. It was nice to finally talk to people as I hasn't really spoken to anyone since leaving New Zealand. A helpful man sitting next to me on the plane helped me find the carousel and my luggage. Josh and Kelley drove me to camp which is situated just outside of a small town called Loretto. Once at camp, I met some of the support staff and then Josh gave me a cabin to sleep. I had a cabin all to myself for the first two days which was pretty scary because the camp is in the middle of woods and forest. The first two days were hard and I was homesick a lot especially at night, I think because I ... read more
Welcome to camp Ihduhapi
Got our flags up

North America » United States » Minnesota » Alexandria May 10th 2014

Spent our fourth night in Alexandria, Minnesota just west of the Twin Cities. Interesting fact is we all know St. Paul and Minneapolis as the twin cities but actually, there are many in this region. For example, the twin city to Green Bay is DePere and the twin city to Fargo is Mandan. They are all separated by large rivers. We managed to miss the tornados which hit Minnesota on Thursday, not my favorite part of the trip so far. Unfortunately, it is really hard to do any sightseeing while dodging the lightening and Bill trying to keep the car going straight with the high winds! Friday, the 9th was a much better day. Arrived in Fargo early in the morning, yah. Do you know that Fargo is still capitalizing on the movie. Everywhere you go ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis April 12th 2014

Five years ago, a lonely dog with no place to call home appeared in the front courtyard of my parents' new house in Phoenix, Arizona. They had just moved in a couple of months prior and everything in the house still carried that new home smell. The counters gleamed. The tile sparkled. The carpet was without blemish. And, suddenly, here was a homeless creature with perky ears and earnest eyes who was asking for a chance. They didn't know his background, where he had come from, what circumstances may have led to his current state of affairs. They quibbled over what to do, especially in light of his likely breed: a pit bull. Stray dogs were an epidemic in Phoenix, which was the likely reason for why the animal control officer never arrived. The dog was ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis February 8th 2014

It's finally happened. I've reached the age when all of my high school friends are engaged, married, have children, or are expecting. Every single one of them. I recently visited one of the old gang to meet her new daughter. Watching my friend with her baby was bizarre and yet completely normal at the same time. We're long past the point of being impressed with ourselves for being gainfully employed (although it is pretty fantastic that none of us are living with our parents in this tough economy). Being in a relationship is no longer a big topic of conversation; instead, we discuss wedding dresses, maternity clothes, engagement rings, and gift registries. Well, I should clarify--they discuss those things. I mainly listen and nod. I'm the odd one out. Still single, no prospects in sight. At ... read more
Monastery, Thailand
Marketplace, Vietnam
Venice, Italy


North America » United States » Minnesota » Bloomington October 24th 2013

This morning we continued our drive up the Mississippi River on the Great River Road. We stopped in Red Wing, Minnesota for a latte. It is the home of Red Wing Shoes which are still being made here. We crossed over to the Wisconsin side once more and stopped in the town of Prescott where the Saint Croix River flows into the Mississippi. You can see the distinction between the two rivers for some distance downstream of their confluence because the clear water of the Saint Croix doesn't immediately mix with the muddy Mississippi. ( I admit that this is a little difficult to discern in the photo, but trust me, it's true.) After that we drove into the Twin Cities, or more precisely, we drove to Bloomington. We wanted to see the Mall of America, ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Duluth October 10th 2013

The sun was just rising over Crooked Lake as we were leaving the house and the sky had beautiful red colours and as we had a three hour journey a head of us we were on the road early. It was Fall and the trees were coloured along the highway making it a pretty journey. We were headed to Duluth on the shore of Lake Superior. Duluth is is a seaport city in the state of Minnesota and is the county seat of St Louis County. It's the fourth largest city in Minnesota and at the last census had a population of 86,265. Once we arrived at Duluth, Susan knew that I have a passion for lighthouses and suggested that go visit the lighthouse before we take a walk along waterfront in Duluth. Hence we bypassed ... read more
Civilian Conservation Corps Worker Statue
Middle Falls, Gooseberry Falls Park
Middle falls

North America » United States » Minnesota » Chaska October 9th 2013

In between my assignments from Oklahoma to Southern California. I made my way back up to Minnesota via 35. It was a good visit with the family and seeing my nephews is always a pleasure. While there, I took the boys to pick out pumpkins. I also manage to make my way to GameStop and buy video games (it's what aunts do). While I was there, I also made my way to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum which is by the University of Minnesota. The Twin Cities did not appear to have "Botanical Garden" but this will do. Though growing up in Minnesota, this was my first time here and I thought it was just beautiful. Nice layout but not very handicap friendly because of the space (hills, paths, bridges). But it was so big that you ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis September 27th 2013

Started our day with a trip to the "Mall of America". As promised it is huge and I mean huge! Even spotted a casino in there. The Nickelodeon Universe playground in itself has lots of great rides for kids and adults alike - you could spend half a day here. We walked around every level - trying to take it all in. There are no grocery stores in this place all just specialty stores and everything else you could imagine. Naturally this the states most visited tourist attraction. The mall is in Bloomington just 15 minutes from downtown and a few minutes away from the international airport. The Minneapolis airport is a major airport - planes taking off and landing just above you in a constant stream of air traffic! I swear we could see the ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis September 26th 2013

The state of Minnesota is on the shore of the biggest of the Great Lakes - Lake Superior and it is where the world's 3rd largest river the Mississippi begins. 680 miles of the Mississippi flows through the state. Population of Minnesota is 5.3 million with 3.2 million living in the twin city area of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Minnesota is in the upper mid-west and bordered by Canada on the north, Iowa on the south, Lake Superior and Wisconsin on the east - and North and South Dakota on the west. Off into the city today. Minneapolis traffic is busy but nothing like Calgary that's for sure. Drove the RV downtown - now that's an experience in itself. RV's are great on the road but a headache in major cities! Hard to park - cities ... read more

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