Outdoors

Discover Winter Bliss At Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park - Minnesota Connected

Although frigid temperatures are sure to snap the minds of many Minnesotans this winter, affordable-cabin rentals, ice fishing and other outdoor-recreation experiences can help save semblances of sanity. And there are few places better to find all of these saving graces than Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, an easy 90-mile drive from the Twin Cities. The key to adventuring into the wilds of Minnesota during winter is the following: staying warm. And while there are places to pitch a tent year round at Mille Lacs Kathio,...

Snow is a Beautiful Thing

Single Snowflakes - Macro Photography - Minnesota It was difficult for me to type the title for this article, because I don't really like snow and most definitely hate the cold -- but the images in this article put on full display just how beautiful snowflakes are and how one artist uses the snowy landscape to create gorgeous works of art. Using a very powerful macro lens, photographer Alexey Kljatov took photos up close of single snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. The results are breathtaking -- snowflakes to the human eye are just white specks falling from the sky -- but to the potent camera...

The Freezing Cold Showcases Sun Dogs Around the Twin Cities

Sun Dogs - Minnesota

Recently Minnesotans have been lucky enough to check out the atmospheric phenomenon known as sun dogs. The bright halo surrounding the sun has to do with light refracting off ice crystals -- the gorgeous sight is one of the few bright spots of the freezing cold Minnesota landscape. The best time to see sun dogs is sunrise and sunset. The picture you are looking at is not some weird lens effect or some reflection off a window. Sun dogs can be seen with the naked eye, and...

The Lament of a Minnesota Softball Player

Matthew Deery - Softball - Minnesota - 2013

As an avid softball player, each year when the weather turns cold, a bit of me dies inside until the spring comes back around. In the winter, the days become shorter, the sun hides for days at a time, and the landscape becomes a tundra with almost no life to speak of -- and since snow covers the ground, there is no more softball for all those Minnesota ball players. Sure there is plenty else to do in the winter, but since I'm not really an outdoorsmen (fishing, hunting, camping), my options are a bit limited -- playing poker and bowling will just...

Snowmobile Destination Guides Ready to Order

Minnesota Snowmobile Guide - Explore Minnesota - 2013

While I personally am not thrilled about the prospect of getting layers and layers of snow, I know there are those, like snowmobile enthusiasts, who are itching for that powder to drop. Explore Minnesota annually produces a guide to the some 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails in the state. The brochures are available free of charge, ready to assist enthusiasts to have the best times while on the trails within the state. The brochures are ready to go -- make sure to get yours before the snow falls so you can plan ahead and get sledding...

Gem Lakes of the Lake Superior Trail

Lake Agnes - Camping

As nightfall came to our secluded camp nestled on the shores of Lake Agnes, a bone-chilling howl carried across the calm water. “Wolf?” a member of our camping party considered. Without confirmation of the animal and regardless of the fact it could be a coyote or a wolf, I knew we’d come to the right camp spot along the Lake Superior Trail. This was Mother Nature at her finest. With the peak of the tourist season coming to an end, now is the perfect time to explore Minnesota’s diverse and expansive trails, rivers, lakes and parks. Among the grandest of them all is...