SWIMMING IN A WATERFALL – WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK

SWIMMING IN A WATERFALL – WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK

Weekends are for exploring and this past weekend I not only commandeered but also third-wheeled my roommates hiking date with her boyfriend.  It was a beautiful Sunday, and we were off to Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wisconsin.  For anyone who lives in the Twin Cities area, it is the PERFECT day trip, especially [...]

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Minnehaha Frozen Falls

Minnehaha Frozen Falls

Last Thursday, March 5th was the last frigid day of this winter (or at least we are all hoping so now that we have officially hit 60 degrees in the Twin Cities) and that evening I found myself craving a little bit of adventure. I had seen pictures from urban explorer types from behind the [...]

Darwin Day: Sharing a Passion for Science and the Ocean

Darwin Day: Sharing a Passion for Science and the Ocean

Darwin Day is an international day of celebration on or around Charles Darwin's birthday  (February 12th). The mission of the established day is to spread awareness, intellectual curiosity and a hunger for scientific knowledge among humans across the globe. This concept is imperative; spreading a desire to understand more about the world and the planet, [...]

Minneapolis Holiday Market 2014 – 612 Review

Minneapolis Holiday Market 2014 – 612 Review

2014 marked the end of the long-running annual "Holidazzle" Parade in downtown Minneapolis and in its place a German-inspired "Christmas Market" was set up in Peavey Plaza running along Nicollet Mall. My roommates and I decided to attend the festivities, to get into the Christmas spirit after the commotion and stress of finals. My first [...]

First Timer’s Guide to Skydiving – Skydive Twin Cities

First Timer’s Guide to Skydiving – Skydive Twin Cities

 Skydiving is the quintessential cliché "bucket list" item that (almost) everyone claims they want to do before they die, but so few people work up the courage to actually suit up and jump out of a plane. That is fairly understandable, since throwing yourself at the earth from 13,000 feet in the air is less-than-rational [...]

Scuba Diving in the Cuyuna Mine Range

Scuba Diving in the Cuyuna Mine Range

 Since obtaining my Scuba certification this past June, I have been determined to not let it go to waste. Scuba certification is a neat thing to have because once obtained, it is valid for life. No need for renewal every 5-or-so years like many licenses and certifications. Toward the end of August, my good friend [...]

Chipotle Cultivate 2014

Chipotle Cultivate 2014

This past weekend, my roommate and I attended the 2014 Minneapolis Chipotle Cultivate festival, hosted in Loring Park. Chipotle Cultivate is a free music and food festival that is appearing in various major cities across the United States this summer. It features local chefs who perform cooking demonstrations, an all-day concert of different musicians and [...]