Minnesota – Northfield

South of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the small town of Northfield.      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northfield,_Minnesota)

I stayed on organic dairy farmland a few miles away from the city.

Near the house….

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At the diary farm (after a big rain)….

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Northfield was nice and inviting.

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a sculpture in the city…

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Inspiration imprinted into the sidewalk….

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Minnesota – St. Paul

Traveled to the Twin Cities and stayed in St. Paul.    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis%E2%80%93Saint_Paul)

I am not much of a city person, so I imagined the area to be a lot of highrise buildings like NYC, but it wasn’t.  Instead I found nice neighborhoods with older houses and friendly neighbors.

Here are some of the more impressive (large) buildings I saw….

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The Cathedral of Saint Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul….     (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Saint_Paul,_National_Shrine_of_the_Apostle_Paul)

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the capital building….

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View of St. Paul from Minneapolis…

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Wisconsin – Viroqua

I visited Viroqua.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viroqua,_Wisconsin)

I had a great time there.  It’s a nice, small city with a liberal/progressive orientation.

beautiful flowers…

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nice neighborhoods…

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interesting lawn decorations….

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  country roads…

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Wisconsin

On my way through Wisconsin, I stopped and took some pictures.   (I do not know exactly where, but I think it’s on the southwest side.)    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin)

A cute gas station…

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Lots of farmland…

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Wisconsin – Madison

I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin several times in the last few years.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Wisconsin)

Ten years ago, I lived in Madison for about a year and a  half.  I loved my time here.   So now, whenever I am in the area, I stop by to see the great city and to visit old friends.

A view of the capital building across one of the lakes…

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city streets…

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I visited University of Wisconsin (UW).    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Madison)

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When I lived in the area, I spent a lot of time on campus.  UW is excellent at involving the community members in their school.  I attended great conferences, participated in events, and listened to nationally recognized speakers on campus (for free).

The football stadium….

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The Wisconsin Union Terrace…

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with it’s distinctive chair design….

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The city has a great activist community.   When I lived there, I was part of a lot of progressive actions, including lobbying at the capital.

I visited during the 2011 budget protest (early in Scott Walker’s first term as Governor).

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I also visited Picnic Point on the south shore of Lake Mendota.  (I did not know about the area when I lived in Madison.  I am glad to find it now.)   (http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/picnicpoint.htm)

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peaceful shade on a warm summer day….

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beautiful flowers…

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sacred Indian mounds…  (http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/landscape/nativeamericans_2.htm)

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the lake…

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Indiana – Michigan City

I traveled to the Michigan City to visit Lake Michigan.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_City,_Indiana & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Michigan)

It was a very cold day, so no one was on the beach.

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Indiana

In 2011, I drove along a country road in Indiana .  (I do not know where.  I think it was on the west side of the state.)    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana)

I went to college and graduate school in Indiana – at Purdue University and Indiana University.  So I spent a lot of time driving on country roads (in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s).   I love these pictures because this is how I remember Indiana – as farmland….

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Huh?  A wind farm?

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Back to the farms of yesteryear…

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Ohio – Cincinnati

I traveled to Cincinnati.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincinnati)

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I stopped by a nice park (Eden Park – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Park_%28Cincinnati%29)….

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From the park, I took pictures of Kentucky (across the Ohio River).

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Pennsylvania – Lake Erie (Erie & Lake City)

I visited two areas along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie)

My first visit was to Erie, Pennsylvania.    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Pennsylvania)

Went to Lake Erie as the sun was setting….  ( I believe I was at one of the beaches of Presque Isle.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presque_Isle_State_Park)

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The sunset was beautiful….

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I also visited Lake City – a small town area southwest of Erie.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_City,_Pennsylvania)

It is a nice, natural area.  I stayed in a gorgeous, small house on a hill, overlooking the Lake.  The house was surrounded by trees…

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Lake Erie was just a short walk away….

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The Lake and the sunset were gorgeous…

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Canada – Windsor

I traveled across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan, USA into Windsor.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor,_Ontario)

The waterfront was a lovely place to walk….

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The view of Detroit was magnificent!

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Watched the sun setting….

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