Summertime is right around the corner. This year I decided I’d make a bucket list of all the cool places I want to check out over the coming months. I always have a list in my head, but now that my kids are getting older they should absolutely be included in making this list! When asked, my…

In early 2014 I made reservations for two nights in an authentic Tipi in Upper Sioux Agency State Park. There was no way to know at the time, but that spring the Minnesota River would flood. Upper Sioux Agency State Park campground would close for a period of time due to flooding, we didn’t know…

Nicollet Commons Park is so much more than just a splash pad, but if you ask any kid that has been there the water is the highlight!  We live pretty close to the park, but that is only a small part of why my family loves it so much.  In the past year we have…

A few years ago I bought the book 1,000 Place To See Before You Die in North America and Canada. It’s a lofty goal, but my kids and I are slowly checking them off of the list. One of the first ones we tackled was the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway…

Osceola is approximately 40 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. It is just far enough a way that you feel like you are out of town, but still a very do-able drive for a day trip. Osceola is located on the St. Croix River, and is a very beautiful little town. The highlight of our…