It’s hard to believe it is already the last day of 2016! What an exciting, full and crazy year it has been for us. I took an un-planned blogging break for the past several weeks to focus on family, work and other responsibilities. The holidays are always a busy time, and this year I definitely underestimated and stretched myself a little thin! Now we are all well-rested, well-fed, the house is finally clean and back to normal.
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. Our 2016 flew by and as the dates run together, it is easy to forget all the things, big and small, that happened this year and get lost in the chaos of the past few weeks. Luke and I took the time this past week to go through all of the photos we took this past year and reminisce about the past year. To highlight our favorite moments, we put together a list of our best adventures and recipes from 2016.
Happy New Year! 2015 was an amazing year for us, and we are looking forward to many more adventures in 2016. Here is our list of 16 adventures we’d like to take in 2016. Most are in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, or a few hours north of the cities. An added bonus- many of the adventures on our list are free!
Cottontail on the Trail- 609 E Minnehaha Pkwy (Portland Ave.), Minneapolis
You won’t find this local landmark in any tourist guidebooks, or see it marked on any maps. Nevertheless, it is one of my favorite things in South Minneapolis.
Situated at the intersection of Portland Avenue and the Minnehaha Parkway is a giant brass bunny. Created by artist Jeff Barber in 2002, Cottontail on the Trail (better known as “The Bunny”) has quickly become a local favorite for all ages. Neighbors dress up the bunny for all kinds of occasions. He has a long scarf in the winter, a floral wreath for spring, and patriotic ribbons for the Fourth of July. One autumn they even nestled an old rake between his enormous paws.
Today is August 31st, and summer is slowly coming to a close. Kids are going back to school, fall semester is starting at colleges, and pumpkin spice lattes are back in coffee shops across the country.
But as long as the calendar says August, I am stuck in summer mode. And summer means ice cream.
Nestled in the heart of cities is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world- Minnehaha Falls. My grandparents live near Minnehaha Park and I spent many summers strolling down the Minnehaha Parkway for a dilly bar at Dairy Queen and a glimpse of the falls.
Minnehaha Falls is a beautiful waterfall that draws over 85,000 visitors a year, but the park is so much more than just a nice waterfall. Walk below the falls to a quiet swimming area, and follow the rushing Minnehaha Creek to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Wander through the Pergola Garden, admire the Stevens House and Princess Depot. Enjoy a picnic in Wabun Park, and hear a local band at the bandstand. Admire the blooms in the Longfellow gardens and bring your four-legged friend to the dog park.