A visit to MY Minnesota

My ace support crew arranged a brief getaway for us in Siskiyou County. Unfortunately, due to a computer error the cabin she rented was actually in Dakota County, Minnesota. Whew! That entailed quite a long drive east, but the rental was non-refundable.

That’s how we came to spend a few delightful days in Hastings, Minnesota and I was able to snap a few photos.

Minnesota sees plenty of snow. Here we see an accumulation of almost two feet of snow from last night’s blizzard in Hastings.
The beautiful snow-capped peaks of the famous mountains of Minnesota stretch into the distance.
A view of the Mississippi River near Hastings. On the far side of the river dwell the strange tribe of Packer-worshipping Cheeseheads. Sometimes marauding Vikings cross the river on bicycles to cause trouble.
Little-known fact: The Mississippi River originates right here in Hastings, Minnesota.
According to the constitution of Minnesota, the state flower is any flora encrusted in ice crystals.
Bicycling on ice is a wild wonderful widespread tradition in the Gopher State. This photo was taken on a typical Minnesota day in mid-August.
This is how they deal with view-blockers in Minnesota.
Little-known fact: The only surviving photograph of Mark Twain beginning his stint on a large riverboat on the Mississippi at Hastings. That’s Twain manning the oars.
This formation is known locally as Mount Garceau. Look carefully and you’ll see hewn in the raw rock above Hastings the handsome visage of some guy named Greg.

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They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

3 response to "A visit to MY Minnesota"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: November 23, 2020

    Golly, I didn’t know you were right here in Hastings, Minnesota. You should have given me a call. I could have arranged for somebody to give you a guided tour of Hastings, Minnesota. But really, you did a great job of exploring Hastings, Minnesota by yourself. You hit all the important tourist sites and nicely displayed the cold and snowy nature of Hastings, Minnesota’s climate. I really enjoyed the ride.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 23, 2020

      Wait. What? You live in Hastings? Man, I wish I had known that! I would have loved to get a guided tour and borrow some of your warm clothes.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: November 23, 2020

    I forgot to mention that my local barber has a bunch of historic Hastings, Minnesota photographs posted on the walls of his shop. I bet he’d love to add that historic photo of Mark Twain piloting a river boat through Hastings. He’d probably pay big bucks for it too.

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