Stepping off the beaten path and into Mooer’s Park charm

For a big river, the Mississippi can be awfully hard to find. Though it traverses 21 miles of Washington County, from the City of Newport to the St. Croix River confluence in Hastings-Prescott, there are precious few places to access the water as it flows. To find the river here requires a road map and…

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Along came a loon and swam up beside her

I’m training for an Ironman triathlon and, despite my best intentions to prevent triathlon from taking over my life, triathlon has taken over my life. On a typical day I get up at 4:45am to fit in my first workout before starting work at 7am. I do my second workout over lunch, leaving the evening…

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Exploring the Frozen Wilderness

The BWCA is a unique American treasure with over one million acres of wilderness, 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails, and more than 2000 designated campsites.

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The Rise of Nature-Based Education

Spending time outdoors in nature supports creativity and problem solving, improves academic performance, reduces attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms, increases physical activity, reduces stress, and improves social relations and self-discipline.

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The Long and Winding Road

It is 383 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, six hours by car if you take the most direct route. The trip is 450 miles if you take the slower, but immeasurably more beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. If you want a truly unforgettable California experience, however, grab your bike and join 2200 other riders…

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Celebrate Summer With WaterFest, Explore Your Parks Day, and Lake Fest – June 3

On Saturday, June 3, a variety of outdoor and family-friendly activities are scheduled around the east metro to help kick-off the summer. Events include WaterFest at Lake Phalen in Maplewood/St. Paul, Explore Your Parks Day at Washington County Parks, and Lake Fest in Forest Lake.

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Inside a Tiny Fairy Kingdom

They don’t get much acclaim, but I am strangely infatuated with mushrooms. They sprout up out of dried leaves and rotting logs on the forest floor in vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow. I crouch down low to peer at the gills beneath their silky caps and look for tiny fairies hiding in the moss…

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